Sarah Searson and Cliodhna Shaffrey were awarded a three contract by the Arts Council to develop Publicart.ie as resource for the public, artists, commissioners of public art, academics and researchers. On completion of the project in 2011, the site reverted back to the Arts Council who update it on a regular basis.
Publicart.ie has significant and clear information on how to commission contemporary art, primarily through the State’s Per Cent for Art scheme. This is set out in the Commissioning pages. The site also illustrates best-practice with regard to working with artists and host communities. The site aspires to being a simple and effective tool to be used for those interested in public art and art in social contexts, either with a view to commissioning an artist or with a view to deepening an understanding of the variety and potential of making work in non-gallery, non-museum spaces.
On the site you will find a directory of almost 200 selected artworks made for public places and contexts in recent years. Sarah and Cliodhna worked with artist Jennifer Brady to collate and develop content for the site and made a series of short videos about the contexts and challenges of working with the public realm.