IN-SITE Artist Commission Q&A

Our allies FrancisKnight are managing the IN-SITE continuous professional development programme on behalf of Medway Council, this blog is a Q&A about the programme, click the link below to be taken to the Jobs and Tenders page for more information….

FrancisKnight IN-SITE Artist Commission


> Tell us more about where this opportunity has come from?

Medway Council Arts Development Team are keen to support and encourage artists to share and extend their creative development.  IN-SITE is Medway Council’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for visual artists and makers that will deliver a hands-on approach, with a focus on reciprocal learning, peer mentoring and collaboration.

> What does Public Realm work mean? What kind of things does it cover?

Public Realm means publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, parks, publicly accessible open spaces and any public and civic building and facilities.

Artwork can be of any media and for the purposes of this commission it would be of a temporary nature.  The artwork can be also be defined as an event or activity that involves the public within those spaces

> Why is one commission targeted at disabled artists?

Medway Council is committed to making their opportunities to artists accessible, open and fair.

By offering specific deaf and disabled commissions IN-SITE aims to increase the opportunities available to disabled and deaf artists to realise their creative potential and achieve visibility within a vibrant cultural sector.

> What if lots of disabled artists apply?

That would be great!  We want lots of artist to apply for this opportunity. Working with Unlimited we feel confident that we can provide the right support for those artists that are disabled.

> This is a very supported programme – for those who gain commissions, and even those who don’t – whats the thinking behind that?

IN-SITE is two fold:

Successful applicants will receive tailored mentoring from an appointed Lead Artist and project managers FrancisKnight.

Unsuccessful applicants will be invited to take part in a CPD programme (places will be limited and allocated on a first come first served basis) run by FigureGround – an experienced artist led organisation working within the public realm. They focus on artist development through collaborative practice and engaged debate.

We want all artists to be commission ready.

> And finally, tell us more about the area – why the focus here?

Medway is going through a major regeneration period that is planned to take place over the next ? years.  Housing and commercial development are earmarked for the region and with this comes the opportunity to shape the landscape and design of the area.   Artists will have the opportunity to be involved in this regeneration and make a real difference to place.


Additional Information about FrancisKnight

FrancisKnight are managing the IN-SITE commissions on behalf of Medway Council.  FrancisKnight are a contemporary arts practice, commissioning public art projects in the public realm.

They are an independent arts organisation offering a fresh and professional approach to commissioning high quality artwork and community engagement.

They support clients with the development of ideas and strategies to commission inspirational public art projects that inspire vibrant communities and places.