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Artists taking the lead

  • Date: 5 August 2009
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: National

Artists taking the lead is the most ambitious and wide ranging art commission in the UK and is being developed by Arts Council England, in partnership with London 2012 and the arts councils of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Twelve commissions of up to £500,000 are being awarded to create 12 new works of art across the country; one in each of the nine English regions, and in the nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We challenged artists to tell us their big ideas for these commissions when the project launched in March 2009. Over 2,000 artists rose to the challenge, and panels of artists and producers across the country selected a shortlist of 59 projects.

We announced the winning 12 commissions in October 2009. They will be developed across 2010, and come to fruition between 2011 and 2012.

For further information, please see