Public art

Lewisham is home to a vibrant collection of public art. Public art encompasses many different types of artwork, from sculpture to lighting installations. It can commemorate, celebrate, inspire and amuse. Overall, it enhances our collective sense of place.

We encourage all commissioners to have a look at our Public Art Strategy for useful guidance on good practice.​ Also see ixia, the public art think tank providing guidance on the role of art in the public realm. The Arts Council England has recently transferred the management of Public Art Online, the definitive source of information and knowledge about public art, to ixia.

Winding its way through Lewisham, the River Pool and Ravensbourne naturally defines the borough's parklands. A series of new public art commissions; temporary, permanent and digital, will investigate four parks, responding to their unique characteristics, communities and ecology. The project will encourage people to discover and use urban green space in creative ways. These artworks form part of the pan-London Secret Garden Project, a programme of environmental art commissions produced by UP Projects.

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