ArtOffice
ArtOffice is a consultancy of 27 years standing, run by Isabel Vasseur who was a pioneer of the Public Art movement at the beginning of the 1980s.

ArtOffice has evolved into an administrative association of professional curators, architects and art historians who undertake a number of varied projects, including the following new and recent projects
2007 - 2009 Commission of a lighting scheme and wall installation for the redevelopment of Cambridge Regional College with Jason Bruges Studio.
 
2007 - 2008 Production of Glow07 a Visual Arts Light Festival as part of the Winter Festival of 2007 in Newcastle and Gateshead. Commissioned by NGI. Included newly comissioned works by Susan Collins, Lothar Götz, Tod Hanson, Edwin Li, Jordan MacKenzie (in collaboration with amino), Tanya Meditsky and Walker and Bromwich. images
2006 - Production of Ark: Road Vines by John Newling, the first ever mobile hydroponic vine yard housing a laboratory, workshop and seminar space, travelling to sites in UK, Europe and worldwide. In collaboration with Francis Knight www.arklab.co.uk images
2006 - Advisors for the Visual Arts Strategy at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk www.aldeburgh.co.uk.  Artists in Residence: Christian Marclay, Mariele Neudecker, juneau projects and Giles Round.
 
2006 Supporting programme of works to compliment the new Islington Green war memorial by John Maine RA dealing with the themes of war, conflict and memory, specifically with the residents of Islington.  Commissioned artists: Adam Dant, Duncan McAfee, photographer Claire Waffel, poet Deborah Levy and photojournalist Brent Darby. Commissioned by the London Borough of Islington and funded by the Arts Council London. A publication Art and Remembrance cataloguing the projects is available here. images
2004 - 2007 Chief Arts Advisor for Public Realm Series for Channel 4. Working with Louise Wardle, of Carbon, television production company, to commission 6 pieces of public art throughout the UK.
[see www.channel4.com/bigart]
 
2004 - 2006
Creation of a new War Memorial by John Maine RA for Islington Green, commissioned by the London Borough of Islington in a restored and redesigned landscape by J&L Gibbons LLP . Broadsheet available here images
2004 - 2006
Commission of major John Newling installation in disused church as part of Medway Renaissance, Medway Council in association with Diocese of Rochester. Chatham Vines was a hydroponic Pinot Noir vineyard which produced grapes subsequently made into wine used in Easter Sunday Eucharist service at Rochester Cathedral. Winner of Rowse Kent Public Art Award for 2006. Publication available here
[see www.chathamvines.com]
2004 - 2008
Commission of a Vertical Garden for the Fair Community Housing Services for the Gable end wall on Tower Bridge Road, SE1 in collaboration with the London Borough of Southwark. Artists: Mark Dion and landscape architects Gross Max.
2004 - 2007 An integrated art programme and commissioning scheme for Moorfields Eye Hospital's new International Paediatric Wing with Penoyre and Prasad Architects. Artists: Alison Turnball, Yuko Shiraishi, Lucy Casson and Samantha Bryan.
2003 -
Advisors to commission a large-scale Public Art Work for Millenium Square in Sheffield. Commissioned artist: Colin Rose
2003 -
Arts Council of England Review of Contemporary Art Society Special Collections Scheme.  
2002 -
Development of a new public art strategy for the Chatham redevelopment project for Medway Council. Kent.  
2002 –
Reviewer for Arts Council of England Lottery funded capital projects: A13 Public Art Programme; Contemporary Art Society Special Collections Scheme.  
2001 –
The production of a seven-year art and architecture programme with Allies and Morrison for the BBC White City site development which embraces a variety of commissioning strategies including permanent and ephemeral works, artist in residence schemes, education and outreach projects and the contribution of artists to the built environment. Artists: Bill Fontana, Yuko Shiraishi, Tim Head, Dig Ding Dong, Thomas Cox-Bisham, Nikolaj Larsen, Andrew Motion and John Morgan, John Morgan and Vivian French, Simon Patterson, Elizabeth Wright, Bruce Kirk of Light perceptions and landscape designer Christopher Bradley-Hole. Publication available here.
2001 –
Advocacy and coordination of the River Thames James Turrell light project. A scheme covering Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House, the National Theatre and the South Bank Centre.
2002
Editing and selectors of artists for Unicef International Contemporary Art Diary for 2004.  
2001 – 2002
Commissioning of a proposal by Alison Wilding and Richard Wilson for the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Alison Wilding was chosen to create a new work which was completed and installed in 2003.
2001 – 2002
An integrated art programme for the Open University Business School designed by Jestico and Whiles with landscape by J&L Gibbons.  
2001 – 2002
Public Art Advisors to the London Borough of Newham for the project 'Drawing Newham' led by artist James Pyman in collaboration with the Campaign for Drawing working with local community groups schools and the West Ham United Football Club's Study Support Unit. Publication available here.
2001
Art & Landscape advisor to the London Borough of Camden Arts and Tourism culminating in an artist and composer collaborative project for St George's Gardens, Bloomsbury.  
1999 – 2001
Three walks for the Millennium, 'I Wonder As I Wander', by Richard Wentworth for the South East Region funded by successful Millennium Festival application. Locations include Charleston in Sussex, Ramsgate and Rochester. Publication available here.  
1999 – 2000
Visual arts and education advisor to the Laban Centre London successful Lottery Application for a collaboration between Michael Craig-Martin and Herzog & de Meuron for a new building in Deptford.
 
1999
A feasibility study South East Region wide programme for 2000 in association with South East Arts
 
1999
Report and proposal for an architectural programme for Kielder National Park, Northumberland recommending a programme to build one-off shelters.
 
1998 – 2002
Initiated the production of a retrospective of the Independent Group artist Nigel Henderson
 
1998 –
Collaboration between Mark Dion and landscape architects Gross Maxfor the 3Ksq Earth Centre sustainability site in South Yorkshire with an RSA grant. Design for Miners Memorial Garden has yet to be realised.
 
1998 – 1999
Management by APM associate Bergit Arends of the International Symposium Bunker Architecture in Cities and Landscapes : History | Aesthetics | Design | Use. A co-operation between Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Johannes and Lasco Library, Emden and City of Emden, Germany.
 
1998
Bideford Sea Defence Scheme in Devon
 
1997 – 1998
An art & architecture collaborative project for the new International Buildings for Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey, with Simon Patterson and Alan Ball
 
1997 – 2000
Projects within the London Borough of Hackney, including Hackney Wick, SRB art & landscape schemes and the Stoke Newington Reservoir project with David Marks & Julia Barfield Ltd architects and artist Charlie Holmes
 
1997
Inception by APM of a visual arts programme at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), London, organising exhibitions and a talks programme as well as setting up art & science collaborations
 
1997
Art & landscape scheme for the 1,300 acre Norbury Park, Surrey, culminating in the publication of Arcadia Revisited with contributions from Tania Kovats and Richard Wentworth. Publication available here.
 
1996 – 1997
The Lee Valley Park Authority Development scheme: M11 slip road Public Art scheme with Bruce Williams.
 
1994 – 1999
Millennium Commission and Arts Council Lottery bids for the public sector including the £3.58m award for Public Art schemes for the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation using, amongst others, Juan Munoz and Mark di Silvero
 
1994 – 1997
Large programme of events, exhibitions, residencies, community and education projects for Medway Council, North Kent, partly funded by a successful bid to the Arts Council A4E fund with works by Tim Head and Lucy Kimble. Publication available here.
1994 – 1997
An art & architecture programme for Shell Research (UK) Ltd with Peter Katz and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
 
1994
A study for Genesis Consett, a new centre for the visual arts, dance and sports on the 900 acre site of the old steel works in Co. Durham
 
1994
Proposal and feasibility study for Northumberland County Council for a countrywide programme of visual arts projects and exhibition to take place during the Year of Visual Arts (1996) in Northern England resulting in the appointment of two new curators.
 
1992
Creative Director of Lux Europae, a Light Show with installations throughout the city of Edinburgh to celebrate the European Summit held here in October 1992. In ten months, APM raised £800,000 from the twelve EC countries and the UK, and commissioned and installed thirty projects by artists from throughout the EC. Publication available here.
1991 – 1992
Researched and developed a number of projects, including a proposal to the Sheffield Development Corporation for a Public Art Policy for The Lower Don Valley. Developed a Crafts Policy for Public Arts identifying opportunities where crafts can be successfully integrated with architecture
 
1990 - 1991
Visual Arts Officer Arts Council of Great Britain
 
1988 – 1990
Visual Arts Director for the National Garden Festival, Gateshead. Raised the £1.5M budget through the NGF core budget and sponsorship. Responsible for the creation of a programme which comprised approximately 70 commissions and included a major crafts and education programme.
 
1986 – 1988
Visual Arts Director for the Glasgow Garden Festival. Raised budget of £800,000. Approximately 50 commissions and loans, with a programme of performance art and residencies
 
1980 - 1986
Visual Arts Officer of the Eastern Arts Association (now Arts Council of England, East)  
1982 - 1986
Curator of exhibitions at Norwich Premises, The Wells Art Centre and Gallery 49 Norwich  
Curated and co-ordinated collections for public and private sector institutions. Developed residency/education programmes and fundraised throughout all projects.
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