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Installation shot of John Latham's car piece, produced while on a placement with the South Minn's Intensive Care Unit of Clare Hall Hospital, 1970.

Installation shot of John Latham's car piece, produced while on a placement with the South Minn's Intensive Care Unit of Clare Hall Hospital, 1970.
© APG/Tate Archive.



  • Latham, Barbara and Joan Hills. Artist Placement Group, APG booklet, London.


  • ' "Sponsor an artist idea" for firms', Daily Telegraph, 1 January.


  • Peters, Pauline. 'Towards an understanding of Mr and Mrs Latham', The Sunday Times Magazine, 28 April.
  • Van der Eyken, Willem. 'Giving Artists their Head', Financial Times, 2 September.
  • Van Der Eyken, Willem. 'Fine Arts in Industry', Design Magazine, September, p.20.
  • 'Art in Industry', The Guardian, 31 August.
  • 'Artists Not a Luxury', Daily Telegraph, 19 August.
  • 'Link between artist and industry', The Times, 6 September.
  • Gosling, Nigel. 'Bringing in business', The Observer, 15 September.
  • Russell, John. 'Poor Relations', The Sunday Times, 1 September.
  • 'Why not put an artist on your payroll?', Plastics and Rubber Weekly, 20 September.
  • 'Prototype obscurity', The Guardian, 29 August.
  • 'Drive for more fine-art graduates in industry?' Financial Times, 29 August.


  • Latham, John. 'APG since 1965,' Control.


  • Overy, Paul. Artists in the works, London, APG film, duration 30 minutes.
  • Lucie-Smith, Edward. 'Artists in steel towers,' Studio International, April, no. 910.
  • 'Inno 70', Studio International, November, no. 927.
  • Sheperd, Michael. 'Simply Done', The Sunday Telegraph, 12 December.


  • Inno 70. Records of the exhibition 1970-71, Hayward Gallery, London.
  • Tisdall, Caroline. 'Profit Without Honour', The Guardian, 18 December.
  • Brett, Guy. 'How Professional?', The Times, 14 December.
  • Gosling, Nigel. 'Art,' The Observer, 19 December.
  • Emrys, Sir William. 'The Artist in the Factory', Director Magazine.
  • Steivensoon, Johan. 'So what does money do?' Studio International, no. 939.
  • 'Inno 70,' Studio International, no. 939.
  • Fuller, Peter. 'Inno 70: the Artist Placement Group,' Art Review, 18 December.
  • Fuller, Peter. 'Subversion and APG,' Art and Artists, December.
  • Oakes, Philip. 'Art clocks in,' The Sunday Times, 28th November.
  • Braden, Sue. 'Exhibitions: APG', Time Out, part 1 12-18th November and part 2 19-25th November.


  • Welton, Peter and David Sless. 'An open letter to the APG', Studio International, January no. 940.
  • Metzger, Gustav. 'A critical look at the Artist Placement Group,' Studio International, January, no. 940.
  • Steivensoon, Johan: 'Art in Industry', letter to Studio International, February, no. 941.
  • Brisley, Stuart. 'No, it is not on', Studio International, April, no. 943.
  • Harten, Jurgen, 'An open letter to the Bishop of Carlisle, Studio International, April, no. 943.
  • Civil Service Memorandum, document negotiated between artists and central government in Whitehall, Tate Archives.


  • Tucker, Anthony. 'Artist Placement Group', The Guardian, 1 May.
  • Gosling, Kenneth. 'A place at work for the artist', The Times, 7 July.
  • Hanley, Cliff 'Putting art in the organisation', The Scotsman, 7 December.


  • Lyddon, Dr W D. APG: Scottish Office Report, summary of APG feasibility, Edinburgh, Tate Archives.
  • Walker, John. 'APG: The Individual and the Organization-A Decade of Conceptual Engineering', Studio International, March-April, no. 980, pp. 162-172.
  • DHSS Architects Division, Broadmoor Community Study Report, Tate Archives.


  • You me here we are, APG Project, Department of the Environment, London, Tate Archives.
  • The Incidental Personal Approach to Government, text for Kulturforschung, Bonn, Tate Archives.
  • APG Multinational, Documenta 6, exhibition catalogue, Free International University, Kassel.
  • APG Kunst Als Soziale Strategie, exhibition catalogue, Bonn.


  • Jochimsen, Margarethe. 'Artist Placement Group: Art as a Collective Project', Kunstforum International, no. 27, pp. 72-99.
  • Artist Placement Group, Whitechapel Gallery, exhibition catalogue, London.
  • Kravitz, Robbie. 'Artist Placement Group at Riverside Studios', Art Monthly, September.
  • Latham, John. 'Concept of order, from a time-based viewpoint', APG, Tate Archives.
  • Pohlen, A. 'The authorities in Bonn discover the Skills which artists have to offer,' Kunstforum International, no. 27, pp. 117-24.
  • Sachsse, Rolf. 'Some Thoughts on the Theory and Practice of Art in the Social Context', Kunstforum International, no. 27, pp.100-3.
  • Wick, R. 'Art as Social Process' Kunstforum International, no. 27, pp. 16-18.
  • APG, Musée d'art moderne, exhibition catalogue, British Council.


  • Latham John. 'Censoring a Concept', Art Monthly.
  • 'Un Certain Art Anglais', Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris/British Council.
  • Kunst als Soziale Strategie in Institutionen und Organistationen. Mit Artist Placement Group (APG) London, Galerie Nachst St Stephan, Tate Archives.


  • Breakwell, Ian. 'From the Inside. A personal history of work on placement with the Department of Health and related work, 1976-1980,' Art Monthly, no. 40, pp. 3-6.
  • 'DHSS and Age Concern', Reminiscence Aids Project Report, Tate Archives.


  • Submission by the APG to the public enquiry into the status of the shale in West Lothian, APG, London, Tate Archives.


  • Papers and Proceedings of discussions, Apollohuis, Eindhoven, transcribed by Ros Sachsse-Schadt and Rolf Sachsse, Tate Archives.


  • Steveni, Barbara. 'Artist Placement: APG 1966-83,' Aspects, no. 24.


  • Steveni, Barbara. 'Will art influence history?', AND: Journal of Art and Art Education, no. 9, pp. 14-21.


  • Latham, John and Ian MacDonald Munro. 'Is there a black hole megatruth at the core of the 20c...' AND: Journal of Art and Art Education.


  • Steveni, Barbara, 'Repositioning Art in the Decision-making Processes of Society', paper given at ELIA, Amsterdam.


  • Conzen-Meairs, Ina, Marion Keiner, John Latham, Rolf Sassche and Ian Macdonald. John Latham: art after physics, exhibition catalogue 9 March-21 April, Stuttgart, Staatgalerie.


  • Stevens, Graham. 'How the Arts Council destroys art movements', AND: Journal of Art and Art Education, no. 27, pp. 1-2.


  • Corris, Michael. 'From black holes to boardrooms: John Latham, Barbara Steveni, and the order of undivided wholeness', Art and Text, September, no. 49, pp. 66-72.


  • 'Unit and the artist formerly known as APG,' Everything, volume 2, no. 4, pp. 11-14.


  • Slater, Howard. 'The art of governance. The Artist Placement Group: 1966-1989,' Variant 11, Summer, 2001.
  • Deliss, Clementine. 'The Queel', Metronome, no. 8b with Chelsea College of Art.


  • Berry, Josephine and Pauline van Mourik in an interview with John Latham and Barbara Steveni. 'Countdown to Zero Count up to Now', MUTE, issue 25.
  • Davis, Lucy. 'Real Life / Beyond the Event', FOCAS, Singapore.


  • Steveni, Barbara. 'Repositioning Art in the Decision-making Processes of Society', a presentation given at the Artist as Educator symposium organized with Interrupt at the Ikon Gallery, www.interrupt-symposia.org/articles/readcgi?bs.educator.