James Moran-Ziętek

James’ expertise and experience in Public Realm, Public Art, Regeneration & Creative Community Engagement Projects has its roots in his undergraduate studies at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Montpellier where research into ‘Spaces People Occupy’ informed his Fine Art Studies and thesis.

James has over 15 years experience of working in the field of Public Realm / Public Arts, overseeing substantial commissions for both the Public and Private Sector; clients include Tesco Ireland, Wexford County Council, Laois VEC, Health Service Executive and many more. He also has a variety of experience in Education and Community Development.

Working as County Arts Officer in South Wales James commissioned a pioneering program of Public Art and Artist led design teams, including the landmark regeneration works for Aberavon Seafront for Neath Port Talbot Borough Council. This programme saw all Artists being required to provide ‘Meaningful Community Engagement’ as part of their commissions, a practice now embraced as essential to all Public Art commissions throughout South Wales.

James also pioneered a Digital Storytelling project funded by the BBC, which looked at creating community audiovisual archives and trained local volunteers to pass-on knowledge to others. This project was a forerunner to both the very successful 'Capture Wales' project and the BBC's 'Telling Lives' Websites

Coordinating one of the largest Per Cent for Art Public Art Schemes in Ireland (€3.5m), James was responsible for instigating and implementing an innovative approach to commissioning Works of Public Art. The resulting groundbreaking commissions encompassed a wide spectrum of the Arts, being widely acknowledged as playing a significant role in the national debate on what constitutes Public Art.

James has more recently coordinated Public Art Projects for Taylor Woodrow as part of their extensive Building Schools for the Future Program in partnership with Sheffield City Council and BEAM (Ex-Public Arts).  Employed by BEAM as Senior Manager for Public Realm Projects he led a multi-disciplinary team that worked on a wide variety of large scale and more intimate projects including: Public Art for Trinity Walk Retail Development in Wakefield, Derby Wayfinding Strategy, Creative Community Engagement for Large Housing Developments including a Carbon Challenge Project for English Partnerships and also Architectural Public Art features for new DCSF buildings in Sheffield and Darlington.   In addition Turner & Townsend liaised with James over Public Art Works & Community Engagement for one of their latest developments: Hull History Centre.

James also works as an Artist, Film Maker, Art Teacher and Musician; he has a lifelong interest in Communities and Community Development. He encourages a holistic and innovative approach to stakeholder engagement to ensure the success of projects. James holds both graduate and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Wales, College Cardiff.



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