Artscape was founded by our Managing Director Sarah A. Collicott, an art historian with thirty years of experience in both the public realm and commercial gallery art worlds. Our senior curatorial and project management team all have well over 20 years’ experience in the arts, architecture and construction industries.
We specialise in creating strategic overarching perspectives for cultural and place-making art programmes and the commissioning and purchase of individual artworks or curatorial development of private and corporate art collections.
Our team comprises the full spectrum of skills underpinned by Art Historians, architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, writers and project managers. We also commission project managers on a freelance basis according to the nature of the project and location with part-time team members based in the States and Middle East.
Public art can be vast or intimate in scale, ephemeral or a structural landmark. It is a role of Artscape Management to support the visions of clients, stakeholders and the commissioned artists. What distinguishes our approach to producing cultural and arts strategy and is our understanding of the complexities which need to be addressed including; where the art will be located, how it will be made, what it will mean to those who see it daily or as a fleeting visit. Our work ensures that the artists and their designs that we project manage from strategic perspectives through to installation on site, looks to express community values, enhance or respond to the environment, transform a landscape and create a moment to reflect.
Our work demands pragmatism and a recognition of constraints that might be in place. Working as part of the design and in the delivery team allows us to be best placed to support an inclusive, effective delivery programme and maximize opportunities.
Every project is supported by research in to appropriate artists for a project and this includes the work of local, national, and international artists including emerging artists and those with established careers. Supporting artists in the delivery of their projects and identifying fabricators, structural engineers and technical teams is an essential part of our work and the reason why our projects are of the finest quality, delivered on time and within budget.
Acting as a thread of communication between all parties allows all those involved in the project to focus on their own key strengths with Artscape acting as facilitator.
Artscape is experienced in the production and management of:
Delivery programmes - developed in partnership with clients and specialist advisors
Budget - setting and management
Contract and legal issues
Development of detailed artists briefs and schedules of work
Artist research and appointment processes
The support and management of artists throughout commissioning process
Liaison with project teams, design and construction teams to ensure the effective integration of the artworks
Preparation of sign off documentation
Our work extends to
- support of marketing strategies
- application for funding opportunities
- brokering of cultural and arts initiatives between the UK and Middle East
- development of artists' practise and sales
Artscape leads on the production of publications and support literature for each commission.
Sarah has worked extensively in varied fields of the art world after taking her degrees. After co-founding and directing a UK public arts agency jointly for 12 years, in 2013 Sarah founded Artscape Management independently. This has allowed Sarah to expand her vision for the business to further work internationally, support young and emerging artists, and build upon her extensive contacts developing opportunities in the Middle East and internationally. The years of delivering and managing commissioned artworks within the corporate and the development world have been enormously constructive and instructive for her career and now as Artscape the team are able to create opportunities to extend the enduring and creative working relationships with clients and artists.
Cultural strategies and commissions have provided opportunities to work with internationally renowned artists for example Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier as well as supporting emerging artists, as with Claire Morgan, who went on to win the artist the Guardian readers Young Artist award and high public acclaim.
Strategies have included regeneration schemes across the UK and for cities in the Middle East.
One of Sarah's particular areas of interest is in the production of Artists' Books and to support the publication of text relating to debate about commissioning practices in the public realm.
Work in the commercial art world has included Sotheby's London, New York based art gallery, Richard Feigen Ltd, London and Monte Carlo based gallery Grob Galleries and subsequently PaceWildenstein, with galleries in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beunos Airies. Sarah was co-founder of St. James' Art Books and Prints specialising in catalogue raisonne and rare prints.
As curator and gallery manager she has exceptional management skills and knowledge of artists and artistic practise, that is highly valuable to the organisation.
Sarah A. Collicott
BA (Hons) History of Art and Design
Post- graduate - Sotheby's
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts