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Claire Doherty

Situations

Claire Doherty is the founder Director of Situations, one of the UK’s foremost producers of arts projects which grow out of place. Situations invites artists and performers to respond to specific places or situations to produce temporary or long-term projects, with the audience at the centre of how the idea unfolds.

In 2009, Claire was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award and in 2012, she led Situations to become an independent charity in 2012 after ten years as part of the University of the West of England. Situations has since sparked transformative art experiences in unconventional spaces, from Theaster Gates’ Sanctum, a 552-hour long non-stop programme of performance by 700 performers in the ruin of English Heritage’s Temple Church, Bristol to Future Library, a 100-year long commissioning programme of writers such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell contributing secret texts to a future library for Oslo in Norway.

A vital part of Situations’ work is to improve the conditions for public art commissioning. Claire has authored public art strategies for the city of Oslo, Plymouth and the University of Bristol, led the national Public Art Now programme and her publications such as Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art Now have become set texts for curators, artists, and cities across the world.

In 2016, Claire was appointed MBE for her Services to the Arts in the South West.

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