What is the Per Cent for Art Scheme

The Per Cent for Art Scheme has been a government-funded programme since 1994.

The scheme allows for any publicly funded building or infrastructure capital project (this can be a school, a hospital, or care centre, etc.) to include an application for funding to commission an artist to make a new art work.

A new work of art can be in architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, street arts and spectacle, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts or any combination of these.

We recommend that you read the Per Cent for Art National Guidelines for the full details of the scheme. See the Per for Art National Guidelines (PDF)





Advice to First-time Commissioners

Is this the first time you have been involved in managing a Per Cent for Art project, do you need advice? is an online resource aimed at supporting commissioners of public art. If you are a first-time commissioner or are managing a Per Cent for Art project for the first time, and require advice about the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’, you can send an on-line request for advice to the editor, Sally O’Leary, as part of the Per Cent for Art Development Service. [This service is provided in relation to first-time commissioners of the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ only]

Please include in the email the following information:

1. The name of your organization

2. What stage have you reached in the Per Cent for Art process

3. What is the Per Cent for Art budget that you have been allocated

4. Your specific enquiry 

Please email your enquiry to



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