Art Fund to be key partner in Channel 4's Big Art Project

  • 24 August 2007

The Art Fund is to be a key partner in Channel 4's Big Art Project - an ambitious UK national art commissioning programme.

Working with local communities at seven selected sites across the UK, the Big Art Project will commission public artworks by an impressive group of internationally-acclaimed artists and rising stars.

Art-collective Greyworld, multi-media specialist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa and rising star Jeppe Hein have so far been selected by communities across the UK.

The Art Fund and Arts Council England are the lead partners in Big Art, committing a total of £1 million. Other funding bodies including Creative Partnerships, The Northern Way and Arts and Business have committed a further £1 million towards new work.

The Big Art Project began filming in 2005 when people across the country were invited to nominate sites they felt would benefit from an art installation. More than 1,400 nominations were received, from which seven sites were selected across the UK – Beckton, Belfast, Burnley, Cardigan, Isle of Mull, Sheffield and St Helens.

The progress of the project is being filmed for a major TV series to be broadcast in 2008.

Visit the Big Art Project website

Read the Big Art Project press release