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Dogs in Space are artists Alan Birch and Jill Randall, who collaborate as a a team undertaking public art commissions.
They have to date completed 30 public art commissions throughout the UK, most won in open national and international competitions, and have been the recipients of several prestigious awards, including a Royal Society of Arts “Art For Architecture” Award.

Current interests include the innovative design of public spaces as an integrated scheme, and object-based site-specific sculpture. Completed work ranges from landmark sculptures to decorative fencing, gates, chicanes, seating, screens and floorscapes.
Dogs In Space also undertake consultancy work and feasibility studies for public art schemes.

Dialogue with other professionals – architects, landscape architects , engineers, town planners, developers, and members of the public,- is crucial to Dogs In Space’s approach . Many commissions have involved the residents and the users of the site and area directly in all stages of the research and design process.
Dogs In Space have undertaken many workshops and residencies in schools, youth clubs, art galleries and industry, working with a range of ages and abilities.

The primary materials involved in completed public art commissions have been steel and other metals – copper, brass, magnesium and stainless steel, stone and aggregates.
Dogs in Space work in collaboration with a blacksmith and fabrication engineer to fabricate and install large-scale projects. Specialist metalworking skills include traditional bespoke forging work and plasma and laser-cutting.
Many projects have been on a substantial scale with large budgets .A recent commission, The “A13 Artescape” Project in Barking, is in the top 200 largest public art schemes in the world.
Dogs in Space have 15 years experience undertaking commissions, and combine skills of creativity and openness in approach with a sensitivity to ‘genius loci’, or sense of place, and communication and collaborative skills with a wide range of individuals.

Client List

Photography credits:
David Bennett.
Doug Atfield, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Dogs in Space.