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C4 to fund 2m in public artworks
Antony Gormley's Angel of the North
Art is "bursting out" of museums and galleries, Channel 4 says
A 2m project run by Channel 4 is to produce major public artworks in six communities around the UK.

The six areas, which the channel will choose from people's nominations, can commission works of any kind from giant sculpture to a one-off performance.

A series of programmes will follow The Big Art Project from start to finish, with the works expected to be unveiled in autumn 2007.

People can nominate their community on the website www.channel4.com/bigart.

The six areas will cover England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Jan Younghusband, Channel 4 arts commissioning editor, said: "At a time when art is bursting out of the confines of museums and galleries, we want to take a creative part in the debate about how artists can influence communities.

"With this project, we want to inspire people to create art for their communities and to regenerate public spaces with art - we want them to turn a space into a place."

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