Awards Process

Nominations for the Award are sought from a network of independent, unpaid experts at the invitation of IPA, as well as being accepted from artists, arts administrators, arts organisations, and the general public.

Before research is undertaken, nominations are subject to preliminary screening by the IPA for duplication, non-compliance, and appropriateness. Paid Researchers are contracted and managed by the IPA to gather data and write case studies on the nominated projects.

The cases are drawn from various types of public art including installation, architecture, sculpture, murals, performances, and events. These projects may be permanent or temporary, but in all cases determined by their place-making ambition and ability to have a positive long-term impact on their community or environment.

In a two day review, after a full and intense discussion of the research case studies, the jury arrives at a list of seven outstanding cases, one from each global region. From this shortlist one project will be awarded the IAPA.

The IAPA Ceremony is held every two years, and any University or other suitable organisation, from any country can apply to become an organiser.

The International Award for Public Art Presentation Ceremony

The 2015 International Award for Public Art Ceremony

The 2017 International Award for Public Art Ceremony

Image Credits

Artwork: One Million Bones
Artist: Naomi Natale
Location: Washington DC, USA
Year: 2008-2013
Photographer: Matthew Remington



1. Oceania (Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia)

2. East and Southeast Asia (China, Mongolia, HK, TW, Korea N&S, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore.)

3. West, Central and South Asia ('Beirut to Bangladesh' including the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Kazakhstan, central Asian republics).

4. Eurasia (including the Russian Federation).

5. Africa

6. Latin America (including the Caribbean).

7. North America (USA, Canada).


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