How we live our lives is shaped by where we live our lives

Future History is a research project exploring art in the built environment and the role and expectations of artists working in the public realm. We are examining how art and artists can have a positive impact on our built environment, and through this our quality of life. To begin we are looking at great examples of public art from around the world and importantly, public preconceptions of public art.                     

Set up as an inquiry it is a digital forum for public conversation, debate and sharing. Working with Artists and Collaborators from the planning, design and arts sectors we are examining best practice in the field of urban planning and design aiming to inform future planning policy, Future History research findings from participating artists and key collaborators will build up incrementally and be published over the next few months through @Futurehistoryproject and in the Repository on this website.

@Futurehistoryproject Instagram will create an international public record of public art with contribution images from artists, arts organisations, architects, commissioning agencies and importantly, members of the public. To kickstart the @Futurehistoryproject conversation we asked key contributors from around the world to make recommendations and send us images of public artworks.

Get involved and share your most memorable public art experiences from around the world #greatpublicart to support the creation of an international 2018 snapshot of what’s out there past and present.

Project led by Claire Farrell (Director & Curator WERK) and Rachel Bradley (Freelance Curator)  
Based Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. For more information and if you would like to send a contribution, please email:

#GreatPublicArt                                                #GreatPublicSpaces

With many thanks and gratitude to Arts Council West Midlands for supporting Future History