The Public Art Road trip (2014-15)

UPDATE – 13/07/14

The road trip has begun….

Figure Ground has already been on the move, visiting the Whitstable Bienniale, the Hackney Wicked Art Festival, LV21 and have made a trip to Liverpool in preparation for a weekend of interviews at ‘The Royal Standard’.


images of some of the conversations so far….

UPDATE – 11/04/2014

Figure Ground have received funding from the Arts Council England to embark on a Public Art Road Trip 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.

Each trip will produce a short publication which will be collated together to form a book at the end of the project.


artists call out:

We are inviting artists to meet us on one of our trips, to show us their current site of work/project/space.

if you are interested, please get in touch.

As well as becoming part of our mobile studio depository which will be touring the UK for the next 2 years, you will feature in our publications which will be available online and in print.

Being part of the conversation is an opportunity to share practice and expand networks.

For further details please contact us at: