Future History is a research project exploring public art in all its manifestations, the role of an artist and collaborative practice methodologies in urban developments. Set up as an inquiry, Future History was a digital forum for public conversation, debate and sharing. Working with artists, collaborators and partners from the planning, design and arts sectors we are examining best practice to inform future planning policy. Future History research findings from participating artists and key collaborators will build incrementally and be published over the coming months through the Repository on this website.

As a starting point through @futurehistoryproject instagram we explored examples of public art from around the world, perceptions, definition and context. To kickstart the library we asked a number of contributors - artists, curators, art organisations, planners and architects from around the world to share their favourite work and to tell us why.

For more information or if you would like to send a contribution, please email: FutureHistory@WERK.org.uk

With special thanks for the vox pops to Takt and artist Emily Warner for hitting the streets of Birmingham over the summer to talk to the public - about perceptions of public space and public art.

Project led by Claire Farrell (Director & Curator WERK) and Rachel Bradley (Freelance Curator)  
With many thanks and gratitude to Arts Council West Midlands for supporting Future History