Arts & Place


About Us

The Arts and Place Working Group has emerged from the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment 2014 and has now been adopted as part of the Place Alliance movement. It as been led by Beam in collaboration with Farrells and supported by a range of artists and arts professionals to address and promote the role of the arts and artists in the planning, design, making, and animation of the public realm and ‘place’, and how this might be further developed.

Their ideas, together with Graham Henderson’s essay Putting Soul in the City – Essay Towards a Manifesto, have informed the drafting of “A MANIFESTO FOR THE PUBLIC ARTS – The Arts, People and Place”People, and Place”.

Get Involved

If you’ve pledged your support, thanks—- this will help us make the case to politicians, businesses, and funders. If you haven’t yet, please do so by clicking this link …and encourage your colleagues to sign up too!

If you’re interested in issues concerning artists and the arts in placemaking, and in keeping abreast of plans for future events and activities, please contact Kate Watson

You can sign up to the Art & Place Working group by filling in our Supporter Form.




Place Alliance is delighted to invite you to THE BIG MEET 8: “Artists and the Arts in Placemaking” on Wednesday 18 of April 2018 from 10 am to 4.00 pm at Jeffery Hall, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL.



NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 6th March, 10:30 – 12:00
Venue: Primary, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham, NG7 1NU  ( )

The meeting will be followed by our second regional conversation event which is being co-curated by Primary. This will be held in the same venue from 12-5 and will include a panel discussion, meal and workshops – we will delve into questions around embedding the arts and artists in place, bringing together artists, programmers, architects, planners and community workers. Feedback from this event will feed into the Big Meet.

We have a number of guests confirmed including: Wolfgang Buttress, Suzannah Bedford, The Renewal Trust, Nottingham, Boseda Olawoye, Engagement Curator based in Nottingham, Diane Dever (Folkestone Triennial), Aldo Rinaldi – Former Senior Public Art Officer, Bristol City Council and we are waiting on confirmation from: Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad,designer currently working on a project with Primary and Alba Colomo Curator of Public Programmes at Nottingham Contemporary. More details about the event and how to book can be found here:


Professor Charles Quick has agreed to take over as Chair of the Group.

Charles has been in the public arts field for over 30 years, as an artist, facilitator, and teacher. The arts company I took over as Director in 1997 (Public Arts, now Beam) had been founded in 1986 around the creation of a landmark work by Charles — A LIght Wave on Wakefield Westgate Station. Charles has been involved in the Arts in Place initiative, and the Manifesto for the Public Arts, from its beginnings in 2014.

We’re pleased to report that once again Beam has secured Arts Council funding to help coordinate the Arts & Place for another 16 months A small informal steering group is considering options. We’re looking for other organisations and initiatives to collaborate with, and any ideas and offers are welcome!

Robert Powell

Associate Director, Beam

Arts & Place