Public art

An exploration of public art

The borough of Basingstoke and Deane is home to a vast collection of public art. Since1989 the council has followed a Percent for Art policy, encouraging developers to include art and craft in new developments and improvement schemes.

From sculptures to seating, and gates to glasswork, this has resulted in a vibrant range of public art which can be found across the borough. The brochure below provides an introduction to much of the work which is on public display.

PDF document Public Art brochure(PDF) [2 Mb]

Streets Alive

Come and discover art work, on the streets of Basingstoke!

Streets Alive is a new creative project in Basingstoke, bringing colour to the street furniture in the town centre. From March 2022, spot the new look benches, planters and telecoms boxes, brought to life by some of Basingstoke’s most talented artists and storytellers and follow the trail around the town.

Find new pieces of art by Rachel Davis, Louise Hight, Neil Jepson, Liam Kelleher, Corinne Marsh, Laura Messin, Joanne Morse, Kev Munday, Rachel O’Connell, Jacky Purtill, Sian Storey Art, Willow the Wispa and artWell.

Short commissioned poems and quotes from Jane Austen can be spotted on benches, illustrated by Fatima Pantoja and Laura Fisher and written by Lydia Thomson, Rebecca Lyon and Josh Dixon.

We’ve partnered with TrailTale, and created a guided walk map featuring all the Streets Alive artworks a guided walk map featuring all the Streets Alive artworks. Enjoy a walk around Basingstoke town centre and discover all the colourful street furniture brought to life with poems and illustrations by our local artists.

Basingstoke Heritage Trail

Welcome to the Basingstoke Town trail, a self-guided walk of the town centre starting in Basingstoke’s 800 year-old Market Place.

Enjoy your walk around our town and discover all the hidden gems. You can download a digital copy of the Heritage Trail or pick up a printed version in many businesses at the top of the town.

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