Artist Synnove Freidricks running a workshop with Lockleaze pupils

Public Art & Creative Infrastructure Producing

We are independent Public Art Producers who specialise in ​public art commissioning, creative strategy development and developing and managing creative infrastructure spaces and programmes.  

We support developers to connect with local and creative communities, through the delivery of bespoke and locally lead public art programmes.

We offer end-to-end public art project management and work collaboratively with our high quality artist network, local authorities, developers, and communities; to develop public art programmes, and cultural and creative strategies.

We are particularly passionate about identifying programming and managing spaces where culture and art can be consumed and/or made; also known as Creative Infrastructure.

Public Art Commissioning

We deliver public art programmes, working with a wide range of clients including local authorities, commercial developers, education providers, housing and build to let developers, trusts, charities and hospitality developers.

We are an approved Public Art Producer of Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Council.

Moxy St Paul’s, public art programme in new major city hotel in Bristol. Winter 2021
Home Sweet Home, public art programme in Roseneath Gardens housing scheme, Bradley Stoke. Autumn 2021
Trinity Vortex by Synnøve Fredericks in situ, with students walking below
Trinity Vortex, public art programme in new specialist arts academy in Lockleaze. Winter 2022
Welcome Building, major public art programme for major commercial building in Temple Quay, Bristol (Launching soon)

We provide:

  • Seamless project management of public art and creative infrastructure projects
  • Writing & delivering public art plans & artist briefs
  • Managing planning condition sign off with local authorities
  • Brokering artist / client relationships from our wide reaching knowledge of South West creatives
  • Working with consultant teams to explore site opportunities
  • Managing commissioning & programming stakeholder groups (community, local authorities & developers)
  • Delivering creative consultation programmes
  • Writing and managing community engagement programmes, including delivering live events
  • Creative project curation
  • Budget management
  • Contract management
  • Liaison with local authority and statutory consultees
  • Site/context research 
  • Managing artwork commission, intellectual property and client handover processes
  • Documentation
  • Promotion and public relations
  • Evaluation and reporting
  • Excellent client communication

Working with Artists

We believe in the civic role of artists and other creative practitioners, and that by drawing on local creative talent, we maximise the positive impact a public art programme can have on the local creative economy.

This approach delivers great reputational value for the development and ensures that public artworks are grown organically from place and people.

Lawrence Hoo and Chaz Golding, artists for Moxy St Paul’s public art programme. Khali Ackford
Artist Kayle Brandon running a workshop with the local community in foraging and neighbourhood exploration
Kayle Brandon, artist for Home Sweet Home – facilitating a foraging workshop for the local community.
The Art and Energy Collective, commissioned artist for Brick Kiln Court public art programme. Jim Wileman
Synnøve Fredericks talking to students of Trinity Academy Lockleaze during a creative workshop
Synnøve Fredericks, artist for Trinity Vortex leading workshop to create public artwork. Josh Adam Jones

Working with Communities

Public artwork programmes are likely to be more successful where they have come about through involvement with the communities who will use them.

Access to making or consuming creative experiences plays a vital role in future-proofing civic pride; enlivening communities, ensuring attractive sustainable neighbourhoods, and supporting positive urban growth.

We are experienced putting the local community at the heart of public art programmes whilst acting as a liaison between local authority, developer and the artist.

Look & Learn – Walking and photography community workshop with Josh Adam Jones, August 2021. Alesha Hickmans
St Anne’s House – Creative community mapping consultation – community feedback event projected onto St Anne’s House, Autumn 2020.
Trinity Vortex Public Art Commission – Artist Synnøve Fredericks and student devising workshop, spring 2021. Josh Adam Jones
Home Sweet Home Public Art Commission – Artist Kayle Brandon and community members creating a rubbing from the brass foraging map, winter 2021

Creative Strategies and Infrastructure

We know that the opportunity to experience locally focused creative and cultural events has not only a social value but a wider economic value, too.

In recent studies, property values around spaces that had creative and cultural activities outperformed the London average by 4.4% pa. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that arts and cultural events and experiences are intrinsic to economic and sustainable growth.

You can hear more about the benefits of creative infrastructure here: The Property Podcast

We have expertise in curating creative community programmes, and managing creative and community spaces. This exciting aspect of cultural programming is a complement to our public art projects, and is well supported by local authorities as a contribution to the social, economic and well being value of both redevelopments and new developments. We also undertake viability assessments & creative programme management for creative and community infrastructure projects

Sam Hallett speaking outside his clay bottle sculpture building as part of his hideout retreat 2022 project hosted outside St Anne's House
St Anne’s House Creative Infrastructure and community experiences – Artist Sam Hallett residency talk (Hide Out-Retreat/Bottle Chapel), summer 2022
Curated rehearsal space – Paraorchestra in St Anne’s House (Paper Room making and meeting space). April 2023
The building site and roof inside The Tabernacle
Kingswood Tabernacle – Creative strategy and public consultation for developing Grade I chapel as new community creative hub for Kingswood, 2020-21
Exhibition space – Transaction Land by Rachael Clerke, an artwork, shop, community space for thinking about economics in St Anne’s House. March 2022

We are especially keen to work on projects in Bristol and the South West, where the land developer has a long term interest in the site or the community that will be using it.

Get in touch to start a conversation, hear more or to explore how we could work together:

Public Art & Creative Infrastructure Projects

  • Jewels of St Paul’s / Procession / Good and then bad and then good again

    Public Art

    The Bristol Moxy public art programme celebrates the rich cultural community of St Paul’s, Bristol; along with the fascinating history of the area. This bold and ultra-local programme is a distinctive part of the new Moxy hotel.

  • Trinity Vortex

    Public Art

    Trinity Vortex is a celebratory piece of sculptural public art created in collaboration between artist Synnøve Fredericks and students from Trinity Academy, Lockleaze. 

  • Home Sweet Home

    Public Art

    Home Sweet Home is a Bricks commissioned public art programme celebrating native food and medicinal plants that grow in and around the new residential community at Roseneath Gardens, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. 

  • Kingswood Tabernacle

    Community Led Creative, Cultural Infrastructure

    Kingswood’s Tabernacle is being prepared for its next phase of life. Bricks have worked with the building’s Trust to carry out local consultation and deliver a creative strategy for the future of the building.

  • Brick Kiln Court Public Art Programme

    Public Art

    Bricks has been commissioned to deliver a public art programme for the new residential and commercial development at Brick Kiln Court in Easton, Bristol.

  • Welcome Building Public Art Programme

    Public Art

    Bricks have been commissioned to prepare a Public Art Plan and Artist Brief for the Welcome Building Public Art Programme.

  • St Anne’s House

    Artist Development, Community Led Creative, Cultural Infrastructure

    Home to artists, designers, makers, organisations, wellbeing, fitness classes, music labels, and theatre producers, we as a community bring people together to share their vision for future growth. Grounded in community connection you can find social groups, meet-ups, workshops, talks, exhibitions, and events happening regularly with the focus on engaging…

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