ISABEL VASSEUR Director
From 1980 to 1986, the Director of ArtOffice (formerly Art Project Management), pioneered the Public Art movement in the UK, acting as agent for Eastern Arts encouraging and advising on the use of the Arts Council's Works of Art in Public Places funding scheme. During this time, she was also responsible for residencies, collections, loan schemes and policymaking.
From 1986 to 1990, Vasseur was Visual Arts Co-coordinator for both the Glasgow Garden Festival and the National Garden Festival in Gateshead, orchestrating over 150 commissions, fundraising and initiating performance and education programmes. In parallel to these activities, the consultancy service was formed which has provided advice on Public Art strategy and commissions management to the public and private sectors.
Vasseur also acted as Senior Visual Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1990 to 1991, where she edited the publication A Percent for Art: A Review which covered public art practice worldwide. In 1992, Isabel Vasseur initiated, planned and curated Lux Europae, an international citywide exhibition of light installations in Edinburgh to coincide with the European Summit.
Vasseur was Visiting Lecturer on Public Art and Commissions Management at the Royal College of Art, was a member of the Arts Council's Visual Arts Exhibitions & Events Committee, the Architecture Advisory Group and the International Initiatives Advisory Panel and is a trustee of the Baltic Gallery, Gateshead. In 1991 Vasseur won the Arts Council British Gas Working for Cities award.