CAS Public Art Forums

The Contemporary Art Society has been for over 100 years a key agent in developing the contemporary arts ecology in the UK, one of the most dynamic cultural scenes in the world. As part of our focus on the evolution of public art commissioning, we host regular Public Art Forums bringing together a panel of speakers from relevant disciplines. This provides a platform to share knowledge and expertise and highlight some of the most innovative public art initiatives in the UK today.


Public Art Forum: Public Space and Culture After the Virus – July 2020

A panel of distinguished speakers considered the future of the urban realm and the role of culture in supporting new behaviours and ways of considering social space.



Art Experiences: Unlock the Potential in Your Space and People – September 2018

A panel of thought leaders shared their unique approaches to art and talk about the future of creative work spaces, from artist-in-residence programmes to digital art, spurring creative thinking and enlivening offices. Panellists included Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Consultancy, Contemporary Art Society; Josephine Kelliher, Art Program Manager, EMEA & APAC, Facebook; Xavier Solé Mora, Visual Artist & Lecturer, Ravensbourne University London; and Mike Hughes, Creative Director, Universal Everything.


Art, Place and Community – May 2015

Whether part of a regeneration programme or on a green field site, today public art projects form a key part of any planning process. But how can artists and curators lay down a creative precedent that shapes future development? How can cultural programming build bridges between existing and new communities? And can temporary projects infiltrate the public realm in ways that traditional permanent public art cannot?

Co-hosted by the Contemporary Art Society, Kings Cross and Central Saint Martins, the panel explored some of the most innovative public art programmes in the UK today, discussing the role of the artists in developing creative approaches to landscape design.

Chaired by Shumi Bose, Contributing Editor at Blueprint Magazine and Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, speakers included Jonathan Rose, Principle Architect at AecomFabienne Nicholas, Head of Consultancy at Contemporary Art Society, Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg, Ooze ArchitectsMelanie Dod, formerly of muf architecture/art, and Stéphanie Delcroix, Curator.


Art, The City and Its People – January 2015

A discussion on the joys and complexities of working on contemporary art projects within New York and London’s diverse communities. Chaired by the Contemporary Art Society, the panel featured Anna Colin, Co-Founder Open School East and Curator, and Marijke Steedman, Curator, Create.


Contemporary Processes of Commissioning – November 2013

The panel discussion centred around commissioning public art within the current cultural landscape, the challenges of curating for the public realm and future directions for public art practice. Hosted by the Contemporary Art Society, the panel consisted of Kathrin Bohm, Artist and Founder of Public Works and, Louise Coysh, Curator, Art on the UndergroundMichaela Crimmin, Co-Director Culture and Conflict and Lecturer at the RCA, Claire Doherty, Director, Situations, and Liza Fior, Director Muf Architecture.

Of Soil and Water, King's Cross Pond Club
Of Soil and Water, King's Cross Pond Club