Public Art

Public Art at UCL refers to artistic practice that

  • is situated within UCL's research and teaching and within the student and visitor experience
  • is communicated through UCL's built or virtual environments
  • promotes opportunities for co-construction and sharing of knowledge and ideas between academics and students and the wider community

A Public Art Strategy will help transform the appearance of UCL and the daily experience of the UCL community. It will facilitate embedding artists in UCL research projects and capital programmes, bringing fresh perspectives in addition to enhancing student learning and professional development. Furthermore it will provide opportunities to attract and work with local people, global alumni and friends of UCL.

UCL Public Art Strategy:

A public art working group has been established to develop a distinctive UCL Public Art Strategy. The Working Group has mapped collaborative artistic practice across UCL in order to develop a distinctive public art strategy that will contribute to the transformations across campus and the daily experiences of the UCL community. The Public Art Strategy will facilitate embedding artists in UCL research projects and capital programmes, bringing fresh perspectives in addition to enhancing student learning and professional development. Furthermore it will provide opportunities to attract and work with local people, global alumni and friends of UCL.

The Public Art Strategy will set out a commissioning framework for large-scale capital projects initiated at a corporate level as well as a framework to facilitate medium and smaller scale projects initiated by departments and researchers. The purpose of the framework is to:

  • Stimulate cross-disciplinary research-based teaching and learning at UCL – attracting new students and leading research staff
  • Maximise the impact of research and teaching within UCL and beyond – attracting new audiences and visitors from local and global communities, increasing research funding
  • Create an internationally recognised public art programme – strengthening UCL's reputation as a world-leading global university
  • Develop an urban campus that is a prime London attraction – creating spaces that welcome local communities, inspire dialogue and interaction, instil pride
  • Create a comprehensive sustainable curatorial environment
    for UCL's art heritage
    – past, present and future – serving as a modelof good practice for research and art institutions world wide