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Public Art Thinking: Symposium and Publication Launch

Wednesday, 22 November 2017
1 – 5.30 pm

Birmingham City University,
Curzon Building Lecture Theatre,
4 Cardigan St, B4 7BD

£5 / £4 (concs) / free to ESP members

Book ticket

This symposium brings together thinkers and practitioners in the fields of art, policy making, urban planning and architecture, in order to discuss what Public Art Thinking is now.

Providing a platform for critical discourse around public art and its publics and hosted by Birmingham Big Art Project and Eastside Projects, the programme of conversations will investigate the ways artists and organisations are currently developing strategies to rethink their role in the future development of our cities.

Public art is often complicit or ambivalent in projects of urban re-development and gentrification. The symposium seeks to ask: Who is dispossessed in the process of development? And how can we claim ‘difference’ when space is becoming homogenised by mass developers? Could artists be better property developers? How can arts institutions engage with publics to develop artworks without instrumentalisation?

Speakers will include: Mel Jordan, Barbara Holub, Rosalie Schweiker, Robert Garnett, Andy Reeve, Vanessa Boni and Gavin Wade.

A double issue of Art & the Public Sphere journal has been dedicated to Public Art Thinking on the occasion of this project. Edited by Mel Jordan and Anna Santomauro it includes commissioned work by Janna Graham, Robert Garnett, Mel Jordan and Stuart Whipps and is published by Intellect Books. The journal will be launched as part of the symposium and copies of will be available for purchase on the day.

Come join, take part, observe, be active in conversations around public art!

Book your place via Eventbrite HERE.