UPDATE: 2017 news

Public Art Road Trip book and website launch
Friday 22nd September 2017, 5pm
at Primary, Nottingham

Full details here:

This event follows on from the symposium ‘Art, Public & the Commons’ on Friday 22 September.



Public Art Road Trip 2014-15

Through 2014 and 2015 Figure Ground team members took a caravan on the road, visiting the Whitstable Biennial, the Hackney Wicked Art Festival, LV21 at Gillingham, Brighton, Lewes, Hastings, St Leonards, Nottingham, and Liverpool, and talking to over 30 artists about their practice.




UPDATE – 11/04/2014

Figure Ground  received funding from the Arts Council England for their Public Art Road Trip project which will take place over the next two years. They will be visiting and connecting emerging artist-led public art schemes, projects and initiatives around the UK. As definitions of public art evolve, they are interested in how artists articulate what work in public means, and what form that work takes.

The idea is a mapping of art in public, by artists with artists, seeing the lay of the land for public art since the shift in funding and provision for the arts from the early 2000s to the present. In a series of short journeys which make up the ‘road trip’, and take place at intervals through 2014-2015, Figure Ground Artists will research, meet with, and debate with emerging and more established practitioners who have self-initiated projects or artworks.

Figure Ground will be taking a mobile studio from place to place as they meet artists in the places they make work, and collect conversations, objects and images from their practice.




Initially supported by NAN, we commissioned a series of short residencies across the South East of England. These residencies gave artists the opportunity to collaborate, develop work site specifically and participate in a debate about the future possibilities of public art.

Throughout 2011, we worked on ‘Track Changes’, an Arts Council England funded research and organisational development project. As part of this project we invited a number of public realm organisations to debate, share ideologies and build networks with. These organisations include Artangel, Banner Repeater, Fernymwoods Contemporary, PlaCE  (UWE), Stour Space, LV21, and Medway Council (INSITE project).

We also produced and commissioned a short artists residency onboard the LV21, a lightship moored on Gillingham Pier.
Figure Ground are currently planning future projects and residencies, and are open to commissions, consultancy, and event facilitation opportunities.
Figure Ground members are: Katy Beinart, Jack Brown, Laura Krikke, and Jo Thomas.

Current Projects are lead by Katy, Jack, and Jo.