Community Arts Projects – Going Public

Community Arts Projects – Going Public

Going Public – How to make successful applications to run public arts projects

Portsmouth City Council regularly invites artists, groups and organisations to tender for public and community arts projects.

‘Going Public’, a professional development training course for artists who would like to work in community and public settings, will take place over three mornings in November and December.

“It will offer an invaluable insight into understanding your local authority’s commitment to the arts and community engagement as well as essential tools and techniques for making successful applications and delivering great projects.”

The three-part course will take place on consecutive Wednesday mornings, 30 November, 7 December and 14 December at the Central Library in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

‘Going Public’ has been devised by Cibas (Creative Industries Advice Service) in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and is aimed at freelance artists and creative practitioners, arts professionals, groups and organisations.

The fee to take part in the course is £200 which includes materials and refreshments. However, thanks to the support of Portsmouth City Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Service, there are 15 free places available to Portsmouth and south east Hampshire based artists.

Email thomas.kinsey@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9284 1519 for an application form. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 November.

Find out more about ’Going Public’ and meet the organisers at a free open evening and networking event on 2 November, also at the Central Library in Portsmouth. The event is free to attend, but booking is essential: http://going-public.eventbrite.com


  1. Steve Fisher

    19 October

    Thanks for the post Claire.

    Portsmouth City Council anticipate that due to the way that their budgets will be managed in the future, there will be an increase in commissioned/tendered work opportunities for artists in the City.

    The ‘Going Public’ initiative is designed to ensure that local creative people know as much as possible about the application process, project management, public engagement and community benefit, etc.

    By enhancing our knowledge and skills in these areas it is more likely that artists expertise and services will be procured locally.

    Thanks again, Steve (Cibas)

  2. J.Sneddon

    17 November

    Hello all,
    we are third year University Students that are doing a community project in Portsmouth. Our aim is to re-develop an area consisting the ethos of play for 200 local children. We have our plans already which consist of several themes we would like to go on walls.

    We are eager for local support from local artists to help in anyway they can.

    If you, or anyone you know would be able to participate in this painting fresco- please contact me for further details.
    Experienced artists would be a real benifit.



  3. Paul Gonella

    18 November

    Hey, can you email over some more details, some images, etc to us and we’ll put up a post about the project and call for artists.

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