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					           GOVERNMENT ART COLLECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE –
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                                              2002

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 4 July 2002 at Queen’s Yard, 179A
Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Present:
Chair                      John Tusa (Director, Barbican Gallery)
Members                    Richard Dorment (Independent)
                           Charles Saumarez-Smith (ex Officio, Director, National
                           Gallery)
                           Nicholas Serota (Ex Officio, Director, Tate Gallery)
                           Penny Johnson (Ex Officio, Director, GAC)

GAC:                       Mary Beal
                           Lidia Plintschev

                           Malcolm Steer

Current Art Projects - verbal report by The Director

(ii)       New Home Office building - Marsham Street

The Director provided a summary of meetings with the Home Office and architects
(Terry Farrell and Partners, TFP) which took place in May and June 2002. TFP have
produced an Arts Enhancement Strategy for the facade of the building focussing on
five key elements requiring the involvement of artists. These are:

          Canopy
          Glass facade
          Kiosks
          Entrance ikon
          Vitrines

The GAC made contact with the Home Office in the autumn of 2001 as part of
Baroness Blackstone’s suggestion for the GAC to ensure appropriate art is placed in
the entrance halls of all significant Government buildings. In June the GAC
proposed artists to TFP to work on the five elements. Having considered a number of
artists Liam Gillick was considered highly appropriate, which was endorsed by the
Committee, and the GAC are in the process of contacting him to check his interest
and availability. The Home Office are yet to confirm funding so the GAC is only
able to check interest at this stage.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 4 December 2002 at Queen=s Yard,
179A Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Present:
Chair                 John Tusa (Managing Director, Barbican Centre)
Members               Richard Dorment (Independent)
                      Charles Saumarez-Smith (Ex Officio, Director, National
                      Gallery)
                      Nicholas Serota (Ex Officio, Director, Tate Gallery)
                      Sandy Nairne (Ex Officio, Director, National Portrait Gallery)
                      Penny Johnson (Ex Officio, Director, GAC)

GAC:                  Julia Toffolo
                      Lidia Plintschev
                      Malcolm Steer

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

(i)      The proposals by Liam Gillick for the Arts Enhancement Strategy of the new
Home Office building were explained by the Director with plans and artist’s
impressions. The Committee was pleased with the elements suggested by Liam
Gillick though there was some concern over the durability of materials proposed by
the artist, specifically the possible use of coloured blind material in the vitrines.

(ii)    As a member of the Westminster Council Art Panel, Sandy Nairne explained
that he had seen the Arts Enhancement Strategy, commenting that the project felt like
an add-on as it is currently planned and that anything that Liam Gillick could do to
ease this situation would be welcome. The art panel also welcomed the use of
additional artists on the Public Art Strategy.

(iii) The Director sought the advice of the Committee on the preferred way forward
in respect of GAC involvement on the Public Art Strategy for the external areas of the
building. The advice given confirmed that GAC intervention to date had added value
to the project and there was support for Liam Gillick to be involved on the Public Art
Strategy and with other artists. The suggestion that a curator post be appointed was
rejected. The Committee felt that paving and gates could offer scope for
improvement.

(iv)    The Chair suggested that the Director should draw up proposals for the interior
(even though the Home Office strategy/funding is not known at present) and submit
these to the Committee. The Committee could then consider the proposals and add
weight to encouraging the Home Office.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 13 March 2003 at Queen’s Yard, 179A
Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Present:
Chair                  John Tusa (Managing Director, Barbican Centre)
Members                Richard Dorment (Independent)
                       Charles Saumarez-Smith (Ex Officio, Director, National
                       Gallery)
                       Sandy Nairne (Ex Officio, Director, National Portrait Gallery)
                       Margot Heller (Independent)
                       Penny Johnson (Ex Officio, Director, GAC)

GAC:                   Julia Toffolo
                       Lidia Plintschev
                       Malcolm Steer

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

(i)     The proposals by Liam Gillick for the Arts Enhancement Strategy of the new
Home Office building were explained in detail by the Director, supported by plans
and artist’s impressions. The Committee was pleased with the majority of the
elements suggested by Liam Gillick, particularly the confirmation that coloured glass
will be used in the vitrines, as there had been some concern about the durability of the
textile blinds.

There was some doubt over the use of words in blocks A and C. Sandy Nairne
pointed out that this element had very little visual impact and did not sit well with
Liam Gillick’s other work on the building. The wording itself had been modified by
the Home Office (agreed by Liam Gillick) and would be illegible when the building is
finished.

(iii) The Director said that the budget for the Public Arts Strategy (PAS) stands at
£265,000. The Director gave an overview, supported by images, on the proposed
sites for works of art. Liam Gillick, who is curating the PAS, has suggested two
approaches (A and B). Approach A was the Advisory Committee’s preferred option.
Each approach allows for 5 separate artists to work on the PAS but the Committee felt
this might be too many as there is a danger of it appearing more like an exhibition. It
was noted that the tabled images represented examples of the proposed artist’s work
rather than the final works for the building.

        Several alternative artists were proposed – Richard Dorment thought that a
stained glass ceiling designed for the British Pavilion in Venice would be appropriate.
This artist is Chris Ofili and therefore would need an approach to the Victoria Miro
Gallery to confirm availability. Both Sandy Nairne and Charles Saumarez-Smith
suggested that imaginative planting would add to the Strategy – the display outside


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Tate Britain was sighted as a good example. The Director said that planting was
already under consideration.

(iv)   The interior arts strategy was briefly discussed. Current budget allocation is
£100, 000 although it was felt that £750, 000 was a more appropriate level of
expenditure given the large size of the building.

(v)     The Chair suggested that the Director continues with the art strategies and
advise the Committee of developments at the July meeting.




Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 9 July 2003 at Queen’s Yard, 179a
Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Present:
Chair                 John Tusa
Members               Charles Saumarez-Smith
                      Sandy Nairne
                      Margot Heller
                      Penny Johnson
                      Sarah Shalgosky
                      Penelope Curtis

GAC                   Julia Toffolo
                      Kate Conroy
                      Alistair Hudson
                      Malcolm Steer


New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

(i)     Arts Enhancement Strategy (the façade of the new building)
The proposals made by Liam Gillick for the new Home Office (HO) building were
explained in detail by Alistair Hudson and the Director, supported by architectural
plans and artist’s drawings. There was discussion about the proposal by Liam Gillick
for the sculptures on the lawn-bed area in front of Block E. The artist had already
proposed three variants, two of which (cubes and kiosks) had been rejected by the HO
on security grounds. The latest proposal is for stainless steel rectilinear forms, which
reflect on the architecture of the façade and suggest a relationship between
organization and disorganization. While there was both support and criticism for the
proposal, the Committee concluded that Liam Gillick should reconsider this element
of the strategy and agreed that it should also be seen in the context of the Public Arts
Strategy.

(ii)   Public Arts Strategy (the area around the building) and Interior Art Strategy.
The proposals in the papers for both the strategies circulated with the agenda were
discussed and the principles agreed. The Committee recommended however a bolder



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approach stressing the importance that art plays in public life and citing the success of
the art in the New Berlin and Moscow Embassies.

The Committee approved the overall progress towards solutions for the various arts
strategies for the new building.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 3 December 2003 at Queen’s Yard,
179a Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Present:
Chairman               Julia Somerville
Members                Charles Saumarez-Smith
                       Sandy Nairne
                       Margot Heller
                       Penny Johnson
                       Sarah Shalgosky
                       Alan Davey
                       Richard Dorment

GAC                    Julia Toffolo
                       Alistair Hudson
                       Malcolm Steer

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

Arts Enhancement Strategy (the façade of the new building).
The Committee discussed progress on the external sculptures by Liam Gillick,
focusing on the plinth area and use of grass around the sculpture base. The
presentation clarified the artist’s designs (first visited at the Committee meeting on 9
July) and met with the approval of the Committee.

Public Arts Strategy (the area around the building) and Interior Art Strategy.
Alistair Hudson reported that the proposals for the Public Art Strategy (submitted to
the Committee on 9 July) were approved in principle by the Home Office on 17
September 2003. Since then the GAC and representatives of Terry Farrell and
Partners had had several meetings with the proposed six artists – Roger Hiorns,
Georgie Hopton, Runa Islam, Emma Kay, Simon Periton and Gary Webb. Their
proposals were presented and discussed at the meeting. The Committee noted that
the proposals needed approval by the Home Office (10 December) and Westminster
City Council Public Art Advisory Panel (next meeting February 2004) before
procurement could proceed.

Other areas discussed included: the possible interaction of local residents and schools
with the artists and works of art and responses from Galliard Homes on the future
stewardship of publically owned works of art on the private residential land adjoining
the main Home Office building site.

Photographs of mock-ups of two elements designed by Liam Gillick for the facade of
the building were tabled: the glass canopy and glass vitrines.

The Committee approved the overall progress towards solutions for the various arts
strategies for the new building.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 4 March 2004 at Queen’s Yard,
179A Tottenham Court Road, London W1.

Present
Chairman               Julia Somerville
Members                Sandy Nairne
                       Margot Heller
                       Penny Johnson
                       Alan Davey
                       Richard Dorment
                       Penelope Curtis

GAC                    Julia Toffolo
                       Alistair Hudson
                       Malcolm Steer

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

Arts Enhancement Strategy (the façade of the new Building)
Alistair Hudson gave a summary of the latest position, explaining that the external
concrete structure of the building was now complete. The windows, with a text
designed by Liam Gillick, were currently being installed, and the canopy was due to
be in place shortly. The sculpture elements proposed by Gillick had also been
approved by the Home Office, following some minor amendments which resulted in
their now performing the dual role of sculpture and signage for the building. An
example of the sculptural elements had also been submitted to the Arts Advisory
Panel of Westminster City Council, and was well received. The Director extended an
open invitation to all Advisory Committee members (Secretary’s note: this visit is due
to take place on 30 April).

Public Arts Strategy (the areas around the building)
The six artists were developing their ideas, their proposals submitted to the Home
Office Project Board on 10 December 2003 and Westminster City Council on 9
February. The next meeting of the latter was set for 5 April, at which more detailed
plans would be examined.

Interior Arts Strategy
At a meeting with the Home Office on 23 January, the GAC had discussed the
strategy and funding for new art for the building’s interior. The Home Office were
prepared to release a budget of £150,000 for three works of art, for the highest profile
areas of the interior, and the possibility of displaying some prison art had been
mooted. Alistair Hudson reported that following meetings with the artists Jeremy
Deller and Alan Kane, as well as the Koestler Foundation, this idea was being
explored.

The Committee approved the overall progress towards solutions for the various
strategies.


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Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 1 July 2004 at Queen’s Yard, 179A
Tottenham Court Road, and London W1.

Present
Chairman                 Julia Somerville
Members                  Penelope Curtis
                         Alan Davey
                         Richard Dorment
                         Margot Heller
                         Penny Johnson
                         Sandy Nairne
                         Sir Nicholas Serota
                         Sarah Shalgosky

GAC                      Julia Toffolo
                         Alistair Hudson
                         Malcolm Steer
                         Kate Conroy

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street

Alistair Hudson, the GAC project manager for the new HO building, gave a summary
of the latest position:

Arts Enhancement Strategy (the façade of the new Building)

The glass canopy by Liam Gillick was now in place and the building is on schedule
for completion in January 2005.

Public Arts Strategy (the areas around the building)

The six artists were continuing to develop their ideas and finalising manufacturers. Of
the six only one proposal had been substantially modified – that from Simon Periton,
his initial proposal having been rejected as unsuitable. His latest proposal uses a link
design and was well received by the Committee. However, it was felt that if the
Home Office rejected this latest design, the artist should not be asked to provide a
further proposal. The colour of the neon piece has yet to be finalised.

Interior Arts Strategy

Alistair Hudson reminded the Committee that the Home Office had confirmed a
budget of £150,000 for the commissioning of works of art in the Entrance Hall and
Atrium and the display of Prisoners’ art.

Following the visit of several of the Committee members to the site on Friday 30
April, a list of potential artists was agreed for the two predetermined sites as follows:

      Reception area – Angela Bulloch and Toby Patterson
      Atrium area- David Batchelor, Eva Rothschild



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The Committee looked at the proposals for the two walls flanking the Reception.
Angela Bulloch suggested a wall text on the theme of Rules and Toby Paterson
proposed either a wall painting or a relief. The Committee considered that the
proposals by Toby Paterson were more appropriate but agreed that both artists’
proposals should be presented to the Home Office for consideration.

The Committee looked at one proposal for the Atrium area, having been informed that
David Batchelor had declined to submit a proposal. The Committee recommended
that Eva Rothschild produce a further visualisation of her proposal for a sculpture of
seven interlocking triangles within the atrium space before a final decision could be
made. They also recommended that the proposal should go forward at this stage to
the Home Office with the proviso that a further visualisation was required.

Alistair Hudson reminded the committee that the Home Office had agreed that Jeremy
Deller and Alan Kane should be involved in the selection of Prisoners’ art and that the
artists were to work with the Koestler Trust in its realisation. In June a number of
works of art by prisoners had been selected by the artists from the entries of the
annual Koestler Awards Exhibition. The Committee advised that the prisoners’ art
should remain the property of the Home Office and consequently not accessioned into
the GAC’s holdings.

The Committee approved the overall progress towards solutions for the various
strategies.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 9 December 2004 at Queen’s Yard,
179A Tottenham Court Road, and London W1.

Present
Chairman              Julia Somerville
Members               Dr Penelope Curtis
                      Alan Davey
                      Richard Dorment
                      Margot Heller
                      Penny Johnson
                      Dr Charles Saumarez Smith
                      Sir Nicholas Serota
                      Sarah Shalgosky

GAC                   Julia Toffolo
                      Adrian George
                      Kate Conroy


New Home Office building, Marsham Street

Update of Art Enhancement, Public and Interior Arts Strategies and Communications.

Adrian George, GAC Curator: Collection Projects, gave a summary to the Committee
of the overall progress of the various art strategies for the Home Office project.

Presentation of revised proposal by Gary Webb.

Adrian George updated the Committee about the revision of Gary Webb’s work.
Following concern over the overlaying image that he had proposed for his work, Gary
Webb has now decided to replace this element with a dimmable green neon light
fixture. Adrian George highlighted there is some concern over the final cost of the
work. To help reduce costs, Gary Webb suggested that the rotation element of the
sculpture be removed. However, the Committee agreed that the rotational aspect of
the sculpture was integral to the work and advised that it should be kept.

Interior Arts Strategy: Approval of final proposal by Toby Paterson.

The Committee approved Toby Paterson’s final proposal for the art commission for
the reception area of the new Home Office building.




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Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 7 March 2005 at the GAC premises

Present
Chairman               Julia Somerville
Members                Dr Penelope Curtis, Sandy Nairne, Richard Dorment, Margot
                       Heller, Penny Johnson, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Sir
                       Nicholas Serota, Sarah Shalgosky
GAC                    Julia Toffolo, Adrian George, Kate Conroy, Malcolm Steer


New Home Office building, Marsham Street
Update of Art Enhancement, Public and Interior Arts Strategies and Communications

Adrian George, GAC Curator: Collection Projects, gave a summary to the Committee
of the overall progress of the three art strategies for the Home Office project.

The works by Liam Gillick, Simon Periton and Georgie Hopton are complete.
However Adrian George highlighted that Roger Hiorns’s proposed project is in
difficulty due to manufacturing costs. The GAC is working closely with the artist to
find a workable solution. The work by Runa Islam is progressing well, though the
PFI contractor has raised concerns over ambient light levels and resistance of the LED
screens to vandalism. These issues are being investigated with the fabricator.

Sandy Nairne led congratulations to the GAC, on behalf of the Committee, for its
management of the art strategies for the new Home Office building. Whilst it was
accepted that the project was not yet complete and the GAC had become involved at a
late stage, its work had resulted in a significant improvement to this PFI building. The
Committee also endorsed future involvement with new Government buildings
(preferably at the earliest planning stage).


Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 29 June 2005 at the GAC premises

Present
Chairman               Julia Somerville
Members                Dr Penelope Curtis, Sandy Nairne, Richard Dorment, Margot
                       Heller, Penny Johnson, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Sir
                       Nicholas Serota
GAC                    Julia Toffolo, Adrian George, Kate Conroy, Malcolm Steer


New Home Office building, Marsham Street
Update of Public and Interior Arts Strategies and Communications

Adrian George highlighted that although the prism sculpture by Roger Hiorns is
nearing completion of manufacture, the Home Office have now raised some concerns
over the bomb resistance qualities of the prism glass. This issue has yet to be
satisfactorily resolved and the GAC is working closely with all interested parties to


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find a workable solution. The work by Runa Islam is progressing well with the
manufacture of the LED screens, now much more resistant to vandalism, and will be
of higher resolution than originally specified. A new fabricator is meeting these
higher standards after the first company increased its estimated cost.



Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 9 November 2005 at the GAC
premises

Present
Chairman              Julia Somerville
Members               Dr Penelope Curtis, Sandy Nairne, Richard Dorment, Margot
                      Heller, Penny Johnson, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Sir
                      Nicholas Serota
GAC                   Julia Toffolo, Kate Conroy, Malcolm Steer, Chantal Condron,
                      Adrian George


New Home Office building, Marsham Street
An update of Public and Interior Arts Strategies and Communications

Adrian George reported that the work by Runa Islam had yet to be granted planning
permission following a complaint from a local resident about the overall ambient light
levels being created by the Home Office building. The work is due to be installed at
the beginning of December but cannot be switched on until approval has been
received.




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                                        2006
Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 9 March 2006 at the GAC Premises

Present
Chairman:             Julia Somerville
Members:              Dr. Penelope Curtis, Margot Heller, Penny Johnson (GAC
                      Director), Dr. Charles Saumarez Smith, Sir Nicholas Serota,
                      Nick Hackworth, Sarah Shagolsky, Alan Davey (DCMS)
GAC:                  Malcolm Steer, Adrian George

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street
Update on Public Art Strategies, Interior Arts Strategies and Communications.

Adrian George presented a written report on the above, including brief updates on the
works commissioned from Roger Hiorns, Runa Islam, Emma Kay, Gary Webb, and
Eva Rothschild.


Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 29 June 2006 at the GAC Premises

Present
Chairman:             Julia Somerville
Members:              Dr. Penelope Curtis, Stephen Deuchar, Margot Heller, Sandy
                      Nairne, Sarah Shalgosky, Alan Davey (DCMS), Penny Johnson
                      (GAC Director)
GAC:                  Malcolm Steer, Adrian George, Julia Toffolo, Alison Fuller
                      (observer)

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street, London
Adrian George reported on the latest position regarding the Public Art, Interior Art
and Communications Strategies, and included brief updates on the works of art
commissioned from Simon Periton, Emma Kay and Eva Rothschild.


Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 22 November 2006 at the GAC
Premises

Present
Chairman:             Julia Somerville
Members:              Dr. Penelope Curtis, Margot Heller, Sandy Nairne, Sarah
                      Shalgosky, Penny Johnson (GAC Director)
GAC:                  Malcolm Steer, Adrian George, Julia Toffolo, Kate Conroy

New Home Office Building, Marsham Street
Adrian George updated the Committee on developments concerning works of art
commissioned from Georgie Hopton, Simon Periton, Gary Webb and Emma Kay and
Eva Rothschild. Areas of concern include the schedule/speed of engraving for the
work by Emma Kay and ongoing discussion at the Home Office on the possible
cancellation of the Eva Rothschild sculpture. Work on the joint HO and DCMS


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Booklet Art at the Home Office is progressing well, but its timing was now dependent
upon the completion of the remaining works of art. The Art Trail had been produced
and updated.




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                                        2007
Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 7 March 2007 at the GAC

Present
Chairman:              Julia Somerville
Members:              Alan Davey, Stephen Deuchar, Margot Heller, Penny Johnson
                      (GAC Director), Sandy Nairne, Charles Saumarez-Smith, Sarah
                      Shalgosky
GAC:                   Julia Toffolo, Clive Marks

Home Office Building, Marsham Street
The Director gave a verbal update on the remaining two projects for the Home
Office.

A technical difficulty involving the engraving of the paving stones has occurred with
the Emma Kay project and is currently being investigated. The HO has received an
FOI request for the release of all texts submitted in year 1 of this project. The
Committee counselled against the release of any texts until the year 1 selected texts
have been engraved on site.

The cancellation of the Eva Rothschild sculpture by the Home Office was discussed.
Alan Davey suggested this experience should be borne in mind when setting up
similar projects in the future. The Chairman suggested, and it was agreed, that the
Committee should write a letter to the Home Office in protest at the cancellation. An
initial draft by the Chairman was circulated.


Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 5 July 2007 at the GAC

Present
Chairman:              Julia Somerville
Members:               David A Bailey, Penelope Curtis, Margot Heller, Penny
                      Johnson (GAC Director), Andrew Renton, Charles Saumarez-
                      Smith
GAC:                   Adrian George, Clive Marks, Julia Toffolo

Home Office: Update of Public Art Strategy

The Director updated the Committee on the Home Office project. While there were
some issues that needed to be resolved, the vast majority of the projects had been
completed successfully and were well-received by members of staff and the public.
Penelope Curtis asked if there were any lessons that could be learnt from managing
the project. The Director said that the key point was to ensure that the commissioned
art was completed at the same time as the building’s opening. The Committee noted
that the GAC should as a matter of principle always be involved in the commissioning
of art for central Government buildings.




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Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 21 November 2007 at the GAC

Present

Chairman:    Julia Somerville
Members:     Penelope Curtis, Margot Heller, Penny Johnson (GAC Director),
             Sandy Nairne, Andrew Renton, Sarah Shalgosky
GAC:         Adrian George, Clive Marks, Julia Toffolo

Home Office Commissions: Update
Adrian George reported a continuing technical problem with the legibility of
inscriptions forming Emma Kay’s commission What does it mean to be a British
citizen? The work by Runa Islam, Elliptical Returns, had been maliciously
damaged, and its repair was being discussed with the Home Office and AGP.




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