Thought this website and organisation based in Newcastle, Intersections, might be of interest - thanks to Matt Baker for sharing info.
'Intersections generates critical dialogue about public art practice and develops pioneering practice-based and theoretical research in this area. Intersections is a project which links Fine Art at Newcastle University with the wider cultural sector through events, research projects and generating debate. Drawing together practitioners, theorists, sector organisations, policy makers and the wider public, Intersections examines issues arising from the creative friction inherent in the interaction of public art practice, policy and public space. Underpinning our work is an ethos of collaboration, working with artists and organisations outside the University to host events and develop research projects on carefully selected themes.'
Met someone from Radar at Loughborough University in Weston super Mare while at the Wonders of Weston launch. http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/
'Radar is Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme, hosting three seasons of work each year. Each season of commissions, talks, films and events is inspired by a particular area of research or inquiry being investigated by artists and academics. The programme sets out to encourage creative exploration and critical debate, working, in particular, with artists whose practice seeks to reinterpret the relationship between artist, environment and spectator.'
This website about public art in Sunderland might also be of interest: