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The Manual: Public Art Strategy

Knowle West

The Manual: Public Art Strategy

Knowle West is a low-density neighbourhood located south of Bristol city centre. It was built on garden city principles and benefits from generous open space, but suffers from poor connectivity and socio-economic factors related to unemployment. The Knowle West Regeneration Framework is a 20 year vision for change in the area, with new homes, community facilities and transport systems. To sit alongside this, Bristol City Council commissioned a public art strategy. The Manual: A Public Art Strategy for Knowle West connects arts, community and regeneration policies with expert curatorial advice to provide an appropriate and integrated art strategy for the next 20 years.

The Manual sets out four overarching principles based around quality and context, which all the commissions must follow. It also stipulates 12 instructions, each illustrated by case studies. The format draws on best practice in art in public, but allows for changes in the area and in contemporary art practice over the duration of the project. The report concludes by addressing the framework for delivery and funding arrangements.

The Manual was authored by General Public Agency for Bristol City Council, and launched at Knowle West Media Centre with Publica and Clare Cumberlidge & Co in May 2011. The Manual has since been adopted as policy by Bristol City Council.

 

 

  • Title: The Manual: Knowle West Public Art Strategy
  • Location: Knowle West, Bristol
  • Year: 2010–2011
  • Client: Bristol City Council