Mayo County Council has been extremely proactive in applying funding made available under the Percent for Art Scheme for the commissioning of Public Art. With a developmental approach towards Public Art policy, the Council endeavours to represent national best practice. Reflecting current best practice, as outlined in Public Art: Per Cent for art Scheme - General National Guidelines available via www.publicart.ie , it is the council's intention to develop a wide range of commissioning practices and to encourage a wide diversity of contemporary art forms where applicable. The Public Art Programme will also reflect the guiding principles of the Strategic Arts Plan for Mayo County Council, of quality, inclusion, access and long-term value.
All commissions are advertised via open competition, or through limited competition and direct commission, where appropriate, and in accordance with the national guidelines. Open competitions are publicised though advertisements nationally in professional arts press, as well as in the news/opportunities section of this website. The arts office provides a free monthly newsletter via email and all open competitions are included in this.
The council has a Public Art Panel, which was advertised widely in 2009. 43 artists, from a wide range of artistic disciplines, gained a place on the panel, selected via a judging panel of independent arts expertise. Some commissions will be advertised to selected members of the Public Art Panel via limited competition. The Public Art Panel will be in place until the end of 2011.
Independant judging panels are put in place to assess applications and proposals for any advertised commission. Arts expertise will also make up at least 50% of the panel, the rest of the panel being made up of community representation, other council officials, or those with specific practical expertise, or local knowledge, as is relevant to each individual commission.
Mayo County Council
Aras an Chontae
Phone: (094) 9047561