....Research Topics and Speculation about Art and Public Space by Scottish Citizen and artist Matt Baker

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Marks of Time VI

Brilliant to see years of patient work behind the scenes coming to fruition with the draft Highland Council policy of Public Art going out for consultation - as reported by the BBC today:

Read full story - here
The 'Planning Guidance on Public Art' came about through senior planner Jim Harbison being a long-term member of the IOTA steering group and is the result of many discussions, presentations and workshops with the Planning Dept at Highland Council. This is not exactly the most glamorous part of  public art practice - but in the bigger picture things like this can multiply the effect of the art process many hundred times over.

The 'Pants' artwork refered to in the title of the article was the work of young Invernessian artist Sarah Barnes and was part of the larger Imagining the Centre artwork that was presented in the Old Town district in September 2006 - this was the first project as part of my commission as lead artist to the Old Town and was a collaboration with 14 Highland artists, Public Art Coordinator Evi Westmore and project manager Susan Christie.

Inverness is Pants - Sarah Barnes
Imagining the Centre laid the foundations for the IOTA organisation (Inverness Old Town Art)- that I founded together with Susan Christie...see here for the full story of IOTA. Huge praise and respect is due to Susan and to Jim Harbison for sticking with 'the planning and public art thing' and skillfully steering it through all the necessary hoops!

You can have your say on the draft document here