On The Edge: Taking Risks in Public Art

31 October 2014 11:00 am

A Situations professional development workshop for Public Art (Now)

Friday 31 October 11.00am – 4.30pm


The Folkestone Triennial 2014 remains one of only a handful of internationally-significant initiatives in the UK dedicated to commissioning challenging art in the public realm. For the most part, public art commissions remain limited in ambition across the UK, constrained by commissioning briefs and an insistence on conventional notions of permanence. British art critic Jonathan Jones reflects the arts sector’s critical view of public art, calling it ‘a production line for boring art, and mavericks have no place in its dreary ethic’. Artists and curators perceive public art as curtailing creativity. Anne Pasternak, director of the highly successful New York public art producer Creative Time, has told how the mere mention of public art to those working in arts organisations is ‘met with grimaces’.

Led by Situations, producers of Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, this half-day workshop offers the chance to look at how artists, producers and funders might challenge the preconceptions about public art, taking risks to produce works that open up new encounters with our surroundings.

Limited to a small audience, the workshop will look at strategies for taking risks in producing artworks for the public realm. Joined by artist Alex Hartley, Situations Director Claire Doherty and Producer Claire Feeley will encourage attendees to accompany them ‘behind the scenes’ of these projects, to look at the negotiations and tactics necessary to take funders, stakeholders and participants on unexpected journeys.

We are also delighted to announce that Mary Jane Jacob, independent curator and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will also be joining us for the day to share further curatorial expertise in this field.

The workshop will offer the opportunity to learn about practical measures such as risk assessment and managing the Media, as well as curatorial advice about pushing the boundaries of an initial proposal to develop your artistic practice.

The workshop precedes the launch of the new international survey publication Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now), edited by Claire Doherty and published by Art / Books Ltd, and offers the opportunity for delegates to visit the Folkestone Triennial before the Sculpture Question conference on 1–2 November.

Early bird tickets available at £15 – deadline 10 September 2014. Lunch will be provided.

Please contact Situations should you have specific dietary or accessibility requirements: gb@situations.org.uk

Produced by Situations, Bristol’s international art producer, Public Art (Now) is a collaborative project in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Art / Books, Creative Time (New York), Eastside Projects, Folkestone Triennial, Liverpool Biennial, Public Art Agency, Sweden, University of Central Lancashire and University of Bristol. Public Art Now has been made possible through the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Value programme, Arts Council England Grants for Arts, the European Cultural Programme, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award and Bjorvika Infrastruktur, Oslo.

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