The art coordinator may take on the role of curator or employ a curator when an area of specialised expertise is needed for the selection of artists or artwork. These projects are rarely advertised.
A limited Invitation invites a selection of artists to either respond to a brief or to present the scope of their art practice to a panel. There is often no Expression of Interest process for this commissioning model. This model is generally used for smaller
The commissioner can purchase an artwork directly from the artist or artist’s agent providing they abide by relevant procurement procedures. This is relevant if an artist has a particular body of work appropriate for a specific project. The State Government has employed this model where there was a limited budget. Private developers often use this commissioning model.
This approach differs from the Direct Purchase model in that the artwork is developed specifically for the project. Artists are sometimes interviewed as part of this process. This model is often used for engaging Aboriginal artists in the
Percent for Art Program (using the Aboriginal Business Directory WA Scheme).
Combination of commissions
Some public art projects use a combination of the above commissioning models.
Procurement exemptions exist for Aboriginal artists with a registered business or members of an Indigenous business group. Under the Aboriginal Business Directory WA scheme Aboriginal artists or members
of an Aboriginal artist’s group may register and qualify for Government direct tendering opportunities up to $250,000.