The first of CAS Consultancy’s series of podcasts exploring legal issues in the art world, The Public Realm brings together artists, commissioners and legal expert Dominic Muller to discuss copyright, contracting, liability, indemnity, insurance and intellectual property alongside issues linked to Health & Safety, Planning and wider governmental policy.
A journey through the life of complex public art projects with some of the most experienced professionals in the UK, the discussion offers insights that will be welcome to artists and commissioners thinking about approaches to public realm contracting and delivery.
Colin Ledwith is a passionate advocate for the power of arts and culture to inspire, define and create change. His role at CAS Consultancy is to create links between artists, cultural organisations and the commercial sector to create innovative, strong partnerships. Colin has 25 years’ experience in the contemporary art field. In that time he has delivered national museum exhibitions across the world and in 2003 was curator of an ambitious art & architecture collaboration between artist Chris Ofili and architect David Adjaye for the British Pavilion at the 50th Biennale of Art, Venice. Over the last 13 years he been at the forefront of cultural placemaking in the UK, developing public art strategies for local authorities and developers, temporary art programmes and complex art commissions throughout the UK across a broad range of sectors including major transport infrastructure, Urban Regeneration, Mixed-Use development, Healthcare and Education. Recent projects include development of the Crossrail Art Programme and subsequent delivery of 10 major art commissions within Elizabeth line stations across London.
Dominic Muller has worked in various roles in the legal field for nearly 15 years in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Professionally his work over this period has primarily focused on financial services regulation and wider compliance issues, although he has simultaneously developed a sustained interest in the ways in which the law and the arts intersect and inform one another. These interests include the practical legal challenges faced by artists, galleries and commissioners; the ways in which financial instruments and technology shape the art market; the intellectual influence of the law on societal understanding of art, among others. Dominic will be exploring these points of convergence between art and the law, and highlighting their practical relevance to art market participants throughout this series.
Fabienne Nicholas has over 20 years’ experience in the cultural and visual arts sectors. As Head of Art Consultancy for the Contemporary Art Society in London, she manages a portfolio of cultural strategies, major public art commissions and curatorial initiatives. She advises local authorities, property developers, universities and public sector and corporate clients. From the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square to developing long-term public art programmes for Cambridge and Bristol Universities, Fabienne has a passion for bringing great art to great places. In 2017 Fabienne was selected by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to become one of 50 Mayor’s Design Advocates, advising the GLA’s various agencies to ensure that London’s growth is socially and economically inclusive, as well as environmentally sustainable.
Kay Pallister has worked directly with artists for over twenty years both in commercial and non profit settings. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most notably the first Scotland in Venice Biennale with Simon Starling, Jim Lambie and Claire Barclay in 2003. Kay has worked for Gagosian internationally on exhibitions, catalogues and several projects outside the gallery in public spaces. In recent years she has overseen the delivery of a commission for Queens House, Greenwich (2016) and the Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth line both by Richard Wright and the planning and delivery of a new film by Douglas Gordon for the Elizabeth line station at Dean Street in London (slated to open late 2021).
Sinta Tantra is a British artist of Balinese descent. Tantra spent her childhood in Indonesia, America and the UK where she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Known for her colourful geometric paintings and site-specific murals, many in the public realm, Tantra’s work explores ‘painting on an architectural scale’. The first recipient of the Bridget Riley Drawing Fellowship at the British School at Rome, public art commissions include The Dulwich Picture Gallery, Folkestone Triennial, Karachi Biennale and Canary Wharf London.
Mark Titchner’s (b. 1973, Luton, UK) work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works have often been created from extended group activities, working particularly with young people and in mental health settings. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006, participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto in 2012. In 2018 he completed a major new permanent public work, ‘Me, Here Now’, which is installed at London Bridge Station. His work is held in many public collections including Tate, Arts Council, Government Art Collection, British Council, South London Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. During the early stages of Lockdown he produced the project ‘Please believe these days will pass’. Poster and billboard versions of this artwork appeared in hundreds of sites in cities around the UK. The work was widely shared on social media and utilised around the world for news editorial.