Top Public Art 2023

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Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Information

Fresco about the anniversary of the Glières battle

Genre: Public Art
Field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic
Possible locations: Mural
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: unknown
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

1.000 € at competition stage 2

Location

Fillière
France

Eligibility conditions

Resident of France

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Information

The City of Raleigh - John P "Top" Greene Cultural Center & the South Park Heritage Walk

Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 86.000 $
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

100 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Raleigh
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Information

The City of Raleigh - John Chavis Memorial Park Aquatics Facility and Heritage Plaza

Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 86.000 $
Realisation period: 2023-2029

Service fee

100 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Raleigh
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 73.000 $
Realisation period: 2023-2026

Service fee

100 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Raleigh
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Oct 1, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Painting / Graphic
Possible locations: Mural
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: unknown
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

1.000 € at competition stage 2

Location

Fillière
France

Eligibility conditions

Resident of France

Deadline

Oct 1, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outdoor
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 350.000 $
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

1.000 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Allen
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Oct 2, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 150.000 $
Realisation period: Fall 2024

Service fee

1.000 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Columbus
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Oct 3, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Digital / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics
Possible locations: Indoor / Outdoor
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 300.000 CHF
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

5.000 CHF at competition stage 2

Location

Schwyz
Switzerland

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Oct 3, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Sound / Painting / Drawing / Video / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Indoor / Outdoor
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 300.000 CHF
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

5.000 CHF at competition stage 2

Location

Pfäffikon
Switzerland

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Oct 9, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outdoor
Competition stages: 0
Realisation budget: 600.000 $
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

none

Location

Milwaukee
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Oct 13, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Textile Art
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 0
Realisation budget: 500 $
Realisation period: Spring 2024

Service fee

none

Location

Bellingham
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Entry is open to 2D visual artists of all disciplines

Deadline

Oct 16, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Sculpture
Possible locations: Outdoor
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 27.000 CHF
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

1.500 CHF at competition stage 2

Location

Basel
Switzerland

Eligibility conditions

No students

Deadline

Oct 16, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic / Installation / Textile Art
Possible locations: Wall
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 80.000 €
Realisation period: unknown

Service fee

1.000 € at competition stage 2

Location

Bruxelles
Belgium

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Belgium

Deadline

Oct 16, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Installation / Sculpture
Possible locations: Outside
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 19.999 $
Realisation period: Winter/Spring 2024

Service fee

500 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Winston-Salem
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Oct 16, 2023

Information

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Genre: Public Art
Field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Architecture / Drawing / Literature / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics
Possible locations: Outdoor - Bus Shelter
Competition stages: 2
Realisation budget: 19.999 $
Realisation period: Spring - 2024

Service fee

500 $ at competition stage 2

Location

Winston - Salem
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Public Art Projects: Bridging communities and cultures

Public art projects – sometimes also called "Percent for Art" – can encompass a wide variety of artistic forms, including sculptures, murals, installations, digital and video art, and even community-led or participatory artworks. They can be temporary or permanent, standing alone or integrated into the urban infrastructure. These projects serve a variety of purposes, such as being used as landmarks, initiating dialogue, or enriching public spaces.

Indeed, the realization of public art projects can be challenging for artists, requiring not only their artistic talent and creativity but also their organizational and project management skills. Public art projects also provide an expansive platform for artists. They are a great opportunity to advance one's career, foster creative growth, and make a lasting impact on communities, thereby increasing the artist's visibility and influence.

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FAQs: Public Art

Continue reading to learn more about answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning public art projects.

What is public art?

Public art is art created in public spaces for everyone's enjoyment. It comes in many forms, including sculpture, murals, installations, and video art. Public art enriches the environment, and often reflects the unique history and culture of a place. It involves collaboration between artists, communities, and various commissioners, seamlessly integrating art into our daily lives and fostering a sense of shared cultural identity.

Who commissions public art projects?

Public art projects are typically commissioned by a variety of entities. These may include local or national government agencies, public art agencies, cultural organizations, community groups, or even private businesses and developers. Sometimes public art is funded through "Percent for Art" programs, where a percentage of a city's budget for new development is set aside specifically for public art. Each commissioning process may vary, depending on the specific goals, resources, and regulations of the commissioning entity.

What is the goal of public art projects?

The goal of public art projects is to integrate art into public spaces to enrich their aesthetic and cultural value, and to support artists and community engagement.

What are examples of public art?

Public art takes many forms and can be found in many places around the world. Here are some examples (in no precise order):
  • Sculptures: Monumental Spider "Maman" by Louise Bourgeois
  • Murals: "We the Youth" by Keith Haring, in Philadelphia, USA
  • Statues: "The Statue of Liberty" by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi in New York, USA
  • Video art: "Datascape" by Ryoji Ikeda in Sydney, AU
  • Installations: "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris, FR
  • Land art: Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA

How do I get commissioned for public art projects?

To be commissioned for a public art project, artists should actively seek public art opportunities. Open calls for public art projects often have specific eligibility criteria, including factors such as the applicant’s art discipline, nationality, residence location, and career stage.

Our website features a carefully chosen list of high quality public art opportunities for a range of different artist profiles. You may want to use our search filters to simplify your search and focus only on those open calls that align with your profile.

How do I apply for public art projects?

Most open calls for public art projects require artists to submit a comprehensive application, including a project description, budget plan, project timeline, project simulations, portfolio, and resume.

Do you need help in this matter? Check our online courses that will teach you all the different aspects you need to be aware of in order to build a successful application.