Public Art

Birmingham has a rich and varied public art collection spanning many generations. From traditional sculptures to contemporary installations there’s something for everyone.

The Birmingham Civic Society Public Art Committee keeps a watchful eye on Birmingham’s existing public art.

The Public Art Committee was set up in 2002.  It keeps a watching brief on art in the public realm, owned by the city and also by corporate entities.  With the mandate from the trustees, it seeks to protect and enhance artworks in the public realm and to work with partners across the city, to ensure it is valued as part of our heritage and our future prosperity.

Our Public Art Committee has led successful campaigns for the installation of the original railings around the statue to Lord Nelson in the Bull Ring; the restoration of the Joseph Sturge statue at Five Ways, Edgbaston (raising half of the money required, with the Sturge family) and the removal, restoration (to include new bronzes) and re-location of the Edward VII statue (Albert Toft, Grade II, 1913) to the city centre, in Centenary Square in 2010.

Members of the Pubic Art Committee are also involved in the Birmingham Big Art Project and were involved in the formulation of the City’s Public Art Strategy 2015-19, which was launched in November 2015.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for our Public Art Committee, please email

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Stephen Hartland
Committee Chair & Trustee
Stephen has chaired the Public Arts Committee in 2002-2007 and is the current chair. During this time he has led on the installation and refurbishment of many pieces of public art around our city.
Committee Members

Peter Miles BCS
Toby Watley Head of Birmingham Museums Trust
Roxanna Collins Birmingham City Council
Tim Tolkien independent artist
Glyn Pitchford Chairman of the Birmingham Big Art Project