REF2021 UoA32_ICS_B : “We are not making art for the public, we are the public that makes art”

    Impact: Cultural impacts, Environmental impacts

    Description of impact

    Research at BCU-hosted Eastside Projects (EP) has created significant civic impact by re-defining the role of ‘publics’ for commissioning artists and in the formation of Birmingham City Council’s Public Art Strategy (2015–19). This is achieved at regional level and led to the commissioning of Turner Prize-winner Susan Philipsz’s £2m public artwork for HS2 Curzon Station, applying EP’s approach to Making Art Public. EP’s activities have stimulated emerging creative practices in development planning, through collaboration with David Kohn Architects, winning the £60m 2020 competition to design Birmingham’s Smithfield Market. The reach of EP’s impact can be seen in its model for artist-curator practice being adopted by international artist-run spaces across the UK and Europe.

    Impact date20132020
    Category of impactCultural impacts, Environmental impacts