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Design Meets Insight - Ep 3: The Power of Public Art

Welcome to Design Meets Insight, our podcast series where we share some of the fascinating and inspiring conversations we have with creators and innovators who work in and around the world of design. At Heta, our focus is on people and how we can create uplifting and delightful places for people to live well, now and into the future. This podcast is centred around just that, and explores how we can prioritise healthy living, social equality and resilience to create sustainable buildings, communities and cities.

3rd November 2021
Design Meets Insights Podcast
Design Meets Insight - Ep 3: The Power of Public Art

Shaping our individual and collective identities.

For this episode on public art, we’ve brought together Leyla Fakhr and Lee Bofkin, who come from very different art backgrounds but who are both equally passionate about the power of art to bring people together and enrich our lives. They discuss creating art for the built environment, what we mean by ‘community engagement’, and the role of art in shaping our individual and collective identities.

Leyla Fakhr works as a curator, producer and advisor. She is the founder and director of Art Square Projects, an agency that develops contemporary art projects and commissions with special focus on diversity within Public Art.

Dr. Lee Bofkin is the co-founder of Global Street Art, a leading multi-channel platform dedicated to supporting street art and artists. Global Street Art’s Agency is the UK’s leading supplier of Hand-Painted Advertising (HPA), winning several Cannes Lions and Drum OOH awards.

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Design Meets Insight is hosted by Namrata Krishna, Design Strategy Lead at Heta. This episode is guest curated by Nicky Wightman, Director of Emerging Trends at global real estate business Savills. The podcast is edited by Jon Mardlin.

We’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch at studio@hetaarchitects.com, or find us on LinkedIn at

Linkedin: Namrata Krishna

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I think we need to inject ourselves with culture – permanently – because it ignites so many different senses in us that contribute so much to our lives and [let us] live in a better way.

Leyla Fakhr, Art Square Projects

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