Public Artwork

Public and office artwork

What?

Artworks in exhibitions or in public spaces.

Who?

Universities, Research Institutes, Public engagement, Museums.

Why?

To help people start conversations about research and science.

What is public artwork?

Artwork can be used in buildings to create a better environment, to personalise an office space to your brand, or to help establish your values to building users.

Artwork can be used as part of exhibitions to engage with new audiences. Sharing technical or specialised research with non-specialists during public engagement can be challenging. To new audiences, scientific concepts can often be difficult to understand through written text or oral presentation alone. 

More about SciArt

SciArt is a creative collaboration between the art and science, taking the technical information of a piece of scientific research and translating that through the personal creative vision of our artists to result in an artwork that aids both communication and engagement.

We aim to help you stimulate interest and excitement in your science among the public giving it a broader perspective.  

How can we help?

We can get involved as artists

We’ve worked with the Bristol BioDesign Institute on several projects including a large piece public art collaboration producing art for display around the University to represent its various research institutes.

We can help you plan a SciArt collaboration.

We have been involved in many SciArt projects. We’ve been involved with Creative Reactions events since 2015.

How it works

We’re interested in collaborating with scientists to produce SciArt for exhibitions. 

The Science

Generally, we are sent a research paper or a summary of the science which we read through to understand the key message.

The Audience

For a piece of public artwork or an exhibition, we’d like to know a bit about the audience and what they’re interested in. Will they be turned off by anything too technical, or do they want to find out more?

The Space

Particularly for decorative artwork in buildings, we’d want to know a bit more about the space, who uses it, and what sort of size you’re interested in us working on.

The Budget

There are many ways to achieve great results. Depending on your budget, we can work with prints, posters, or full wall vinyls.

Ballpark figures

These are our best estimates based on previous jobs. External contractor fees tend to vary.

Product
Size
Dimensions (cm)
Price (£)

Posters

A2

A1

A0

42 x 59.4

59.4 x 84

84 x 118.8

10

18

25

Giclee fine art prints

A4

A3

A2

A1

21 x 29.7

29.7 x 42

42 x 59.4

59.4 x 84

25

40

70

120

Vinyl

Artwork

Printing

Installation

per sqm

per sqm

300-800

50

100+

Science Art exhibitions

SciArt projects are generally funded by grant funding. If you’d like us to work on a bid with you then please get in touch.

On the right are the kind of things you should budget for when writing up grants.

The Artists Union England provides guidance about this should you want to find out more.

https://www.artistsunionengland.org.uk/

http://www.payingartists.org.uk/

Day rate for on-site work

You’ll usually need to pay a day rate for required activities that don’t involve creating artwork, such as talks, evaluations or workshops.

Exhibition fee

If you’d like to exhibit artwork that’s already been created it’s normal to pay the artist an appearance fee. This is particularly the case if it’s new work and you haven’t contributed to materials and production costs.

Materials and production costs

Budget for materials and production costs. This would cover materials, studio rental, administrative and living costs, particularly if onsite work is required.

Copyright or ownership

These fees cover production of the artwork, exhibition of the pieces, and coverage of the event. They do not usually mean that you own the final artworks.