Judges have released a shortlist for the Liberty Kent Public Art Award 2011 that reflects the quality of public works of art that are being commissioned in Kent. The shortlist reflects public artworks of high quality that engage audiences and communities, generating interest and understanding of the environment and the community in which it is situated. A K Dolven’s ‘Out of Tune’ has been nominated alongside works by Adam Chodzko and Sans Facon.
Sally Staples, head of KCC Arts Development Unit, said: “The shortlist reflects the exciting variety of works being commissioned in the public realm in recent years. Public art has evolved to include a spectrum of artworks from the permanent sculpture through to temporary interventions and pieces with which the audience can interact directly.”
“These public works of art play an important role in enhancing the urban, suburban and rural environment of Kent.
“They also have an important economic role. The shortlisted works – as well as installations such as Tracey Emin’s work in Margate and Cornelia Parker’s in Folkestone – reflect the effort that has gone into cultural led regeneration in East Kent. Turner Contemporary in Margate, the Folkestone Triennial and the Whitstable Biennale have all proved to be successful catalysts for change.”
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