Social Art Map - About

The Social Art Map acts as a starting point and resource for people interested in social art practice, including those engaged in producing, commissioning, curating, collaborating and participating. By using the contested term ‘social art’ we refer to contexts where artists work with people in the co-creation of a public outcome.

Over a six-month period the research partnership between Emily Druiff (Peckham Platform) and Sophie Hope (Birkbeck, University of London) supported by funding from Creativeworks London, mapped the commissioning processes of social artworks across five different organisations in London including: AIR, CREATE London, Chisenhale, Peckham Platform and The Showroom. This has created an in-depth study of five art commissions from three different perspectives resulting in a Social Art Map.

We hope you will use this document and the network of people that emerge from it, to inform your work, challenge assumptions and invite further critical conversations with practitioners, collaborators, researchers and educators.

We were delighted to launch the Social Art Map on 2 December 2015 at the Keynes Library, Birkbeck College.

A printable PDF copy of the Social Art Map is available below.