To keep abreast of best practice in the commissioning of public art & sculpture, Ian Banks is a Member of the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association (PMSA). The PMSA aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain’s public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion. It seeks to achieve this through several projects that include: the National Recording Project, the Sculpture Journal, Save our Sculpture and the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture. The PMSA is a registered charity.
Ian has recently been accepted for training as a part-time researcher and photographer to work voluntarily for the National Recording Project being developed by PMSA in partnership with Art UK. This hugely ambitious programme is the largest sculpture recording project ever undertaken in the UK. Indeed, the UK is the first country in the world to ever create a free-to-access online photographic showcase of its publicly owned sculpture.
This ambitious project will transform the way people access and learn about sculpture heritage. The database, part of which is already searchable via the ArtUK website, will allow audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit sculptures – both in person and online.
Volunteer Researchers help record the details of public sculpture found outdoors in town centres, parks, etc, such as the sculptures’ titles, owners, and biographical details of both subject and sculptor.
Volunteer Photographers take images of outdoor sculptures in public ownership in their local area. They record sculptures in parks, town centres, shopping centres and in rural locations. The images are for use on the Art UK website, which will eventually record all sculptures in public ownership – indoor and outdoor.