Art in the Public Realm

Isabel Vasseur, Richard Deacon Nose to Nose, Beginning To End 1988
Isabel Vasseur, Richard Deacon Nose to Nose, Beginning To End, Glasgow 1988

Art Office was an art consultancy established and led by Isabel Vasseur that grew out of her activities in contemporary art during the early 1980s. The consultancy operated in various guises for more than twenty years. It has now closed its doors. This website has been established to direct those seeking more in-depth knowledge about commissioning art in the public realm toward Isabel’s complete paper archive at the Henry Moore Foundation.

The consultancy was established by Isabel in response to the changes in artistic practice, which during the 80s became much more diverse and complex in nature. Artists’ ambitions were gravitating away from painting and sculpture, toward performance, film and video and other non-traditional disciplines. A development that coincided with cultural producers and politicians who decided that visual arts activity could be seen as an effective engine for bringing about social change.

Whether this has proved to be the case or not, is subject to much discussion, even now. However, for better or worse, the interest in the role art was to play in former industrial cities by upgrading their appearance, or enlivening stubbornly ugly spots in the urban environment, helped shape new developments and introduced public art that would engage audiences who otherwise would not come into contact with art.

Initially as Art Project Management and subsequently as Art Office, Isabel created the perfect vehicle with the necessary flexibility to bring in different curatorial talents for each project. Isabel was an early pioneer in adopting a more professional level of working with artists and attracting public sector funding, being more accountable to commissioning public art for a variety of contexts and circumstances.

Artists who collaborated with Art Office:

A

Jane Adam
Maurice Agis
John Atkin
Keith Alexander
Janet Allan
Jonathan Anderson
Ron Arad
Kenneth Armitage
Liz Arnold
Art In Ruins
Kevin Atherton

B

Raef Baldwin
Phyllida Barlow
Bateman / Crowther
Petros Bazos
Dail Behennah
Jeff Bell & Jules Armitage
Kate Belton
Lisa Bird
David Blandy
Marinus Boezem
John Bradley
Keith Bridgewood
Irene Brown
Keith Brown
Sandy Brown
Jason Bruges Studio
Robert Bruyninckx
Anthony Bryant
Samantha Bryant
Jim Buckley
Graham Budgett
Rod Bugg
Sjoerd Buisman
Daniel Buren
Balthasar Burkhard
John Burnside
Andrew Burton
Kate Byrne

C

Gerard Byrne & Nathan Coley
Marc C Chaimowicz
Ann Cameron
Shirley Cameron
Ashley Cartwright
Lucy Casson
Peter Cattrel
Ergin Cavusoglu
Norman Cherry
Fiona Clark
Lucy Clegg
Tessa Clowney
Doug Cocker
Richard Cole
Viera Collaro
Susan Collins
David Colwell
Chris Comins
Rebecca Constance Thomas
Christine Constant
Noreen Conwell
Jonathan Cook
Hattie Coppard
Siobhan Coppinger & Alec Peever
Patrick Corillon
Vairi Corr
Thomas Cox-Bisham
Andrew Crouch
Caroline Coyne
Tony Cragg
Louise Crawford
Jenny Crisp
Bill Culbert
Arthur Cummings
Ceraint Cunnick

D

Matthew Dalziel
Adam Dant
John David Mooney
Niki De Saint Phalle
Paul De Monchaux
Richard Deacon
Jeremy Deller
Roger Dickinson
Anna Dickinson
Dig Dang Dong
Mark Dion
Mike Disley
John Dix
Tom Dixon
Mike Dodd
Julienne Dolphin-Wilding
Stephen Down
Robert Drake

E

Jim Edminson

F

Luciano Fabro
Richard Farrington
Edward Fellows
Deborah Fladgate
Bill Fontana
Karen Forbes
Norman Foster
Freeform
Marianne Forrest
Carol Francis
Derek Francis
Susie Freeman
Raf Fulcher & George Carter
Adrian Funnell

G

Maria Gaisley
Szuper Gallery
Jochen Gertz
Ori Gersht
Debbie Gibberd
J&L Gibbon

Sir Alfred Gilbert
Cowdy Glass
Robert Goldsmith
Morag Gordon
Lothar Goetz
Alisdair Gourlay
Joanna Greenhill
Richard Groom
Gross Max
Stephan Gueneau

H

Hammie
Ian Hamilton-Finlay
Jane Hamlyn
Tod Hanson
Diane Hart
Ron Haselden
Christine Hatt
Tim Head
Andrew Heaps
Matthew Hilton
Jasmine Hixson
Jill Hlalo
Marig Hodgekinson
John Hodkinson
Amanda Hogg
Richard Hoggart
James Hopkins
Charlie Holmes
Juliet Hone
Hamish Horsley
Lousie Hudson
Kenny Hunter
Stephen Hurrel
Janet Hutchinson

I

Cristina Iglesias
Brian Illseley

J

Angela James
Rachael Johnston
Hazel Jones
Mark Brazier Jones
Juneau projects

K

Cynthia Karasek
Andrew Kearney
Jonathan Keep
David Kemp
Jake Kempsall
Paddy Killer
Lucy Kimbell
Phillip King
Andrea King
Shona Kinloch
Laura Kitchen
Graham Knight
Thomas Kovachevich
Mischa Kuball

L

Richard La Trobe-Bateman
Hilary LaForce
Anna Lambert
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
Thorbjorn Lausten
James Lee Byars
Patricia Leighton
Pamela Leung
Deborah Levy
Jo Lewington
Christopher Lewis
Edwin Li
Don Libski
Nick Lloyd
Alf Loehr
Hew Locke
Hew Lorimer
Ingeborg Luscher

M

Gus Mabelsone
Gareth McConnell
Martha MacDonald
David Mach
Tracy MacKenna
Jordan MacKenzie
Jamie MacPherson
Mari Mahr
John Maine
Kate Malone
Christian Marclay
Fenella Mallalieu
Lily Markiewicz
David Martin
Carol Mather
Sally Matthews
Duncan McAfee
Elizabeth McFall
John McKellar
David McMillan
Carol McNicol
Tanya Meditsky
Annette Meech
Vittorio Messina
Andrew Miller
Carol Milner
Dhruva Mistry
Elisie Mitchell
Lorna Moffat
Mark Monaghan
David Moore
Henry Moore
Juan Luis Moraza
Kunihiko Moriguchi
Paul Morrison
Peter Mortimer
Colin Mortimer
Andrew Motion and John Morgan
Leonel Moura
Stuart Mugridge
Robin Munro
Wendy Murray

N

Maurizio Nannucci
Martine Neddam
Mariele Neudecker

John Newling
Rosa Nguyen
Giorgos Nichola Ades
Peter Niczewski
Peter Noble
Titus Nolte
Jane Norbury
Jaqueline Norris

O

Jacqueline Oglesby
Meret Oppenheim

P

Giulio Paolini
Eduardo Paolozzi
Rowena Park
Tim Parkinson
Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley
Jean-Marie Patois
Simon Patterson
Cath Pearson
Allan Peters
Cathie Pilkington
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Toucan Play
Matthew Poole
Dart Pottery
Marcelle Price
Bernhard Prinz
Katrina Proteous
Alan Provost
Nic Pryke
William Pye

R

Ronald Rae
Howard RayBould
Dave Regester
Ali Rhind
Tony Rickaby
Graeme Rigby
Tony Rix
Colin Rose
Ryan Ross
Mario Rossi
Giles Round
Martin Ryan
Sophie Ryder

S

Sanders & Wallace
Saki Satom
Gerard Scanlan
Benno Scholtz
Leon Schubiger
Hugh Scriven
Louise Scullion
Fiona Sharp
Yuko Shiraishi
Annie Sherburne
Kumiko Shimizu
Juliet Shotton
Alice Smith
Annalisa Smith
Ray Smith
Soraya Smithson
Amanda Snow
Michael Snowden
Andrea Stemmer
Helen Stylianides
David Swift

T

Taja
Neil Talbot
Fulcher, Tate & Carter
Linda Taylor
Sabina Teuteburg
Niele Toroni
Graham Tunnadine
Alison Turnball
William Turnbull
Stephen Turner
Roger Tye

V

Floris Van Den Broecke
Loes Van Der Horst
Joanna Veevers
Melanie Verhille
Michel Verjux
Nicola von Skepsgardh

W

Claire Waffel
Walker & Bromwich
Fiona Walker
David Wall
Gibert Ward
Sasha Ward
Jocelyn Warner
Cate Watkinson
Betty Waughan-Richards
Simon Webb
Robin Welch
Richard Wentworth
Jane Wheeler
Avril Wilson
Richard Windley
Toby Winteringham
Adrian Wiszniewski
Tom Wolseley
Richard Woods
Slide Workshop
Vincent Woropay
Elizabeth Wright
Anne Wrightson
George Wyllie

Y

Carey Young
Paul Young
Andrew & Joanna Young

Z

Jerilea Zempel