Claire Doherty


Claire Doherty is the founder Director of Situations, the Bristol-based arts producer dedicated to commissioning and producing compelling and imaginative new forms of public art. Situations’ believes that artists are charismatic agents of social change. For over a decade, the organisation has been supporting artists to make extraordinary ideas happen in unusual and surprising places, directly engaging in people’s lives and offering alternative ways in which to see, hear and connect to each other. Situations invests in processes of engagement, challenging established studio or theatre-based artists to step into the public realm and nurturing emerging artistic, producing and writing talent in partnership with a range of non-arts partners. Situations’ growing portfolio of projects also feeds an on-going public programme of events, discussions, publications and debates called Public Art Now, which seeks to improve the conditions for, and skills to produce, new forms of public art nationally and internationally. Recent projects have included the acclaimed Theaster Gates’ Sanctum (Bristol, 2015); the 100-year-long Future Library in Oslo by artist Katie Paterson (2014-2114); Michael Sailstorfer’s Folkestone Digs (2014) and Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Claire Doherty is editor of Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation (Black Dog Publishing, 2004); Documents of Contemporary Art: Situation (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2009) and co-editor with David Cross of One Day Sculpture (Kerber, 2009), with Paul O’Neill, Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Valiz, 2011) and with Gerrie van Noord, Heather and Ivan Morison: Falling into Place (Book Works, 2009), Situation (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art, 2009) and most recently, Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art Now (Art/ Books, 2015). Claire was awarded an MBE for her services to the arts in the New Years Honours list 2016.


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