The first ever set of FREE guidelines to help artists and commissioners embrace the sustainable as well as the artistic impact of their work has been launched by Chrysalis ArtsÂ http://www.chrysalisarts.org.uk, a public art, training and development agency based in rural North Yorkshire.
Public Art Sustainability Assessment (PASA for short) is a free interactive assessment tool available fromÂ http://www.pasaguidelines.org/ which aims to promote sustainable practice in public art to artists and commissioners and has been developed to assist Chrysalis Arts in the process of analysing and evaluating projects that they are involved in.
Kate Maddison, Director at Chrysalis Arts comments:â€
â€œ When we set out to discover how to address sustainability within our public art practice, we were dismayed to find so little information to guide us. This prompted us to take the first step and start the process of establishing our own method of working sustainably. What we found interested us greatly because it threw the spot-light on issues that are relevant to others involved in commissioning and creating public art and beyond that to the way society values sustainability.â€
â€œ Art has an ability to reflect and potentially influence our behaviour and public art is by its nature in the public eye. Chrysalis Arts believes it has a role to play in promoting responsible behaviour in this context. It soon became clear that we needed to disseminate this information widely, as the issues need to be dealt with by everyone involved in the process of planning, commissioning and implementing public art.â€
The online interactive checklist is easy to use and covers the key issues which surround sustainable practice in public art. This checklist is supported by full guidelines and useful case studies.
To use the free PASA checklist and download the guidelines please visit and register atÂ www.pasaguidelines.org. Registered users can answer questions about their art activity or project online and when the checklist is completed, they can download their answers as a pdf document.
PASA has been created for artists and creative practitioners as well as public art organisations, local authorities, developers, commissioners, funders, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, communities, schools and anyone else who may be involved in the commissioning, development, creation, maintenance and decommissioning of public art at different scales and in different contexts.
Chrysalis Arts have developed Â PASA in consultation with a wide range of partners â€“ including artists and arts organisations, local authority officers, specialists from higher education establishments and environmental consultants Gaia Research, as well as looking to government sources and other creative practitioners such as architects for guidance on sustainable principles and practice.
â€œWhile artistic considerations should be foremost in creating public art, there is no reason why artists cannot embrace sustainable principles in the way in which they conceive and implement their ideas, as long as this is supported through the funding and commissioning processâ€¦ â€œ Kate Maddison
Initial feedback gained from the launch of the Guidelines at â€œArt Ecology and Sustainable Practiceâ€ an event held Chrysalis Artâ€™s base, The Art Depot, was very positive and include:
â€œHelpful to have these points presented in a useable formâ€ Barbara Greene, artist
â€œ(PASA) asks and answers a range of public art questionsâ€ Harry Hodgson, Hull School of Art and Design
“Very useful toolâ€¦ would like to try putting it into practiceâ€ Adele Jackson, artist and project manager, Loca, Kirklees Council
Chrysalis Arts view PASA as very much the starting point in the debate around public art practice and sustainability, and hope that by throwing the debate open to others, the result in the long term will be a more sustainable way of working.
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Chrysalis Arts is an artist-led public art company, training and arts development agency based in the North Yorkshire village of Gargrave. The company was founded in 1985 by Rick Faulkner and Kate Maddison.
Chrysalis Arts are keen to embrace the principles of sustainability in creating public artwork, promoting both responsible professional practice and conscientious use of materials and resources, in line with a fully developed environmental policy.
On October 2nd, Chrysalis Arts launched the PASA guidelines at the seminar event â€œArt Ecology and Sustainable Practiceâ€ which was held at the companyâ€™s base, The Art Depot, the subject of one of the PASA Case Studies, in Gargrave, North Yorkshire. The event was well attended by public art practitioners including artists, commissioners, local government officers, university lecturers and researchers.
â€œThought provokingâ€ Suzanne Dimmock, Lancaster City Council
â€œ (PASA) gives a systematic form to much of what we already do instinctivelyâ€¦(it) sums up a transferable approach which artists can pass on to whoever works with themâ€ Sue Harrison, artist
More about PASA online
Anyone wishing to use the guidelines will be asked to register before gaining free access to theÂ PASA Checklist Online which is an immediate sustainability tool. Registered users can answer questions about their art activity or project online and when the checklist is completed, they can download their answers as a pdf document.
To accompany the guidelines, Chrysalis Arts have carried out four PASA Case Studies of how to apply the guidelines as an assessment method and to show benchmark examples of the companyâ€™s projects and current practice.
Registered users can also download theÂ PASA Guidelines free as a series of pdf documents:
Guidelines – a detailed assessment method which incorporates the checklist and also; The (Full) Guidelines, The Assessment Process, Appendix 1: Chrysalis Arts – Steps to Sustainability, Appendix 2: Sustainable Principles, Appendix 3: Bibliography (including Websites), Appendix 4:Â Case Studies – Slow Art Trail, The Art Depot, Lord Street, St Paulâ€™s & Piper Hill BSF, Appendix 5 -Â Template
PASA Q & A â€“ available
PASA Case Studies: Projects analysed using the PASA Guidelines (available fromÂ http://www.pasaguidelines.org/ )
- SLOW ART TRAIL: a pilot, public art project â€“ a series of environmental installations (Bolton Abbey/North Yorkshire) exploring sustainability and creative practice â€“ developed by Chrysalis Arts to raise awareness of environmental issues and explore how artists could develop a more sustainable approach to theirÂ creative practice. The installations ranged from pieces that tempted visitors to sit down and contemplate their surroundings to those which challenged perceptions about contemporary art-making in a traditional rural landscape.
- THE ART DEPOT is the result of a collaboration between Chrysalis Arts and architects Wales Wales and Rawson and comprises an office, design studio and workshop for the public art company in North Yorkshire. The brief was to create a building that reflects the true integration of art and architecture and provide a base for future public artwork, arts development and training activity.
- LORD STREET GARDENS ARTWORKS commissioned by Sefton Council to create new artworks to complement the refurbishment of Lord Street Gardens, which were originally designed by Thomas Mawson in 1906, a renowned landscape architect of the arts and crafts movement, and retain many of their original features. The artworks included a new illuminated water feature, seats and a community mosaic.
- TRANSITION, Artwork commissioned by Manchester City Councilâ€™s Building schools for the future programme: St Paulâ€™s RC High School and Piper Hill High School (for students with special needs) occupied two separate sites in Wythenshawe and were being brought together as two schools that would share some facilities in new premises on the StÂ Paulâ€™s RC School site. Chrysalis Arts worked with the students and staff of St Paulâ€™s RC High School and Piper Hill High School to create a new artwork to celebrate the two schools coming together and to symbolise their â€˜transitionâ€™ to a new beginning. The artwork is itself an eight-metre suspended helix-boat structure of rope, wood and stainless steel, occupying the space above the reception area.