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The Process and Practice of the Artist in Public Art Commissions in Britain at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: a personal dialogue with five case studies

My PhD research at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1998 to 2002 examined the artist’s experience of public art commissions through a combination of participant research and field study modes. My thesis aimed to provide a fuller understanding of the processes and practices that artists undertook during a boom period of public art commissioning in Britain at the turn of the twenty-first century.

My enquiry focused upon: the inter-relationships between the artist and other parties involved in public art commissions; the impact these relationships have on the artist and her practice; the problems encountered and key skills that need to be developed.

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