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Public art

We encourage the development and use of public art in many of our own schemes and building developments.

We have a well established public art policy that actively encourages developers to make suitable provision for public art as part of any new development.

Public art is defined as physical works of art in public places. These can range from sculpture to more functional works made by artists and crafts people (such as gates, fences, railings, benches, paving and lighting). Public art can also be temporary works of art in the public realm. The scope of these possibilities are clearly set out in our public art policy (to the right). Also attached to the right is the Public Art in Oxfordshire leaflet, which shows the countywide guidelines.

The aim in providing public art is to improve the quality of the environment and the quality of new developments to produce an environment which is more stimulating and which will enhance the visual impact of the district and provide heritage of significance for future generations to enjoy.

Working with artists offers opportunities to design schemes that go beyond the purely functional and create places that reflect the life and aspirations of an area and its people. Works of art can give quality, character and a human dimension to new development. They can make a positive contribution to the character of the place, especially if they draw inspiration from local themes or associations.

Previous examples of distinctive features throughout the district include:

  • Watts Way, Kidlington (2006) - artist Rob Turner created floorscape mosaics from ideas and designs by local people
  • Hanwell Fields, Banbury (2005/6) - artists Paul Margetts and Charlie Carter created special features for the roundabouts leading into the new development.
  • Fine Lady on White Horse (2005) - a statue erected by Banbury Cross
  • Brookside School, Bicester (2004) - wooden sculptural works by artist Robert Keonig working with the school children
  • Bicester Art at the Centre (2004) - artists Gordon Young and Hilary Cartmel worked with members of the local community in developing design ideas for Market Square and signage around the town.
  • Crown Walk Bicester (2013) - artists Diane Gorvin and Phil Bews created glass and bronze crows in Crown Walk, funded by Sainsburys.
  • Manorsfield Way, Bicester (2013) - Rodney Harris created ceramic sofas and hand carved 'wall paper' funded by Sainsburys.
  • Kingsmere estate (2013) - Will Glanfield created 9 wooden benches on the site.


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