Art in public spaces and involving social interaction now stands strong in the mainstream with museums, galleries and magazines all occupied in relational practices and off-site projects. Rather than examining the network of artists, architects and commissioners and producing a state-of-the-nation account of public art, this discussion puts the focus firmly on the artists. Public Works’ Kathrin Böhm, Lucy Orta and Richard Woods come together to take the familiar themes of community, habitat and environment as the starting points for a debate about the possibilities for art in the public sphere. They are joined by Gavin Wade, research fellow in curating at the University of Central England, and Nigel Prince, curator at Ikon, Birmingham. Organised in collaboration with ixia (formerly Public Arts Trust) and Article Press, University of Central England.