Public art

The aim of the Percent for Art scheme is to encourage the development of a high quality, well designed environment for people who live and/or work in East Lothian. To this end, we require developers to commit to the scheme. As a condition of planning consent, developers must:

  • allocate a percentage of their capital spend to fund public artworks and involve an artist in any building project as early as possible.
  • submit their proposal for Percent for Art to the Arts Service to ensure its quality and suitability.

The Arts Service then works closely with planners to offer advice about how this artistic involvement can be used to influence building design or landscaping features.

Current commission opportunities and recent public art installations

Commission Opportunity: Polson Park, Tranent

Following our Percent for Art Policy, £15,000 is available for the creation of artworks for a Memory Garden within Polson Park, Tranent. The commission is aimed specifically at experienced artists/makers, with demonstrable experience of undertaking commissioned work for the public domain and working collaboratively within a community setting.

Download more Polson Park information

Download Memory Garden sketch

River: East Linton public park

Joel Baker (mosaic), Kate Henderson and Anita Pate (glass) and Robin Wood (wood) have created an artwork for East Linton, with funding from Miller Homes, in collaboration with a working group from Dunpender Community Council. The artwork has been constructed from Douglas Fir, cast glass and pebble mosaic.

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The Mussel, Musselburgh

Sculptor Michael Johnson has created a 12 feet high, stainless steel sculpture of a mussel shell, sited at Murdoch’s Green at the west end of Musselburgh.

Our Arts Service brought representatives from Musselburgh Area Partnership, Community Council, Musselburgh Conservation Group, local people from the community, Council Officers and elected members to create a working group to select and commission this work. The artwork is funded by Tesco Ltd as part of our Percent for Art Policy.

Download more information on The Mussel

Musselburgh Archer

Artists Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille have created a life size, sculpture of an archer, representing layers of local history. The artwork will be completed with a series of stainless steel arrows installed at different locations around Musselburgh. The arrows form a trail around the town to areas of cultural, historical, natural and community significance.

Our Arts Service brought representatives from Musselburgh Area Partnership, Community Council, Musselburgh Conservation Group, local people from the community, Council Officers and elected members to create a working group to select and commission this work. The artwork is funded by Tesco Ltd as part of our Percent for Art Policy.

Details of the arrow trail to follow soon.

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