This project blogsite operates as a reference and tool for the developing Cultural and Engagement Strategy for Robert Gordon University, and which includes Public Art & the Riverside strategy for it's Garthdee Campus. The blog has been prepared by Ian Banks of appointed art consultants Atoll, and who is collaborating on the strategy with new media artist Clive Gillman and lighting consultant Reg Gove of Lightfolio. The blog is focussed not just towards the Garthdee campus and University only, but explores the context of a wider Aberdeen. In terms of confidentiality, for the moment at least the blogsite is openly accessible, but does not contain information on the strategy that is deemed sensitive. This access arangement may change.

Public Art Aberdeen

Public Art Aberdeen is a new website dedicated to public art in Aberdeen. The site aspires to support production of new work in the city, break down barriers for communities, individuals, organisations and businesses to become involved in public art and to promote best practice. Within the site it has:
  • 'The Public Art Toolkit', an online resource to support artists, communities and organisations through the various stages of commissioning public art.
  • News on upcoming events and opportunities.
  • Case Studies, example of best practice in the city.
  • Funding, information on our public art funding streams and commissions.
Public Art Toolkit 

This toolkit is designed to develop a systematic and considered approach to developing and funding public art projects within Aberdeen. The plan will offer a range of people access to guidelines that will encourage a process of 'self developed' individual projects using good practice principles. By covering a range of general approaches this manual is intended to be a resource for:
    • Council officers who have a responsibility and interest in improving the public realm and quality of the built environment
    • Private developers and architects who are interested in creatively extending their project remits
    • Any person, organisation,agency or community that wish to fund or develop proposals for public art projects in Aberdeen.
    The Tool Kit has been developed by Aberdeen City Council's Arts Development team in partnership with artist Chris Biddlecombe.

    Public Art Community Commission Awards 2012

    Aberdeen City Council is offering community groups, organisations and charities the opportunity to develop public art projects within their own communities through the new 'Public Art Community Commissions'. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to create their own projects, commission an artist(s) to work with and raise the profile of their community.
    Public Art has the potential for celebration, provoke reaction, promote debate, and bring communities together and encourage discussion on a wide range of issues of relevance to a community or site. It's a great way for people to feel involved in their community, create a sense of civic pride and belonging. Within this commission you could have:

    •A permanent piece of public artwork.
    •A short-lived object or temporary piece.
    •A one-off event that you could help create or even perform in.
    •An intervention by an artist that could be brief or long-term.
    •An artist's performance, be it a one off or part of a festival programme.

    Two grants of up to £14,000 will be available for projects, inclusive of running costs, artist / arts organisation fee and any installation or marketing costs.