Arts and Place NOW: Katerina Seda in conversation with Charles Quick

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Arts and Place NOW: Katerina Seda in conversation with Charles Quick

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Arts and Place NOW is a series of online conversations curated by the National Arts and Place Consortium that will shine a light on exemplar projects amplifying the artists' voice in placemaking and exploring the future role of artists working in the public realm.

We are delighted that artist Katerina Seda and Charles Quick Professor Public Art Practice, UCLAN + Co- Curator In Certain Places + Chair of Arts and Place Consortium are participating in this series of live streamed events.

Focus of the conversation.....

Katerina will talk about her work 'For every dog a different master' and the impact of the work on the local community and place as well as considering the future application of this approach.


The New Líšeň has all the features of a “stop-off” or bedroom community – most people stop here only for the night and spend the rest of the day in the city. In 2006 I noticed that the housing estate had significantly changed. The grey monolith literally crumbled under colourful plasterwork and began to shine like an entertainment attraction. This was due to the “regeneration of prefabricated buildings” on which several architects worked together. None of them, however, took into account the whole, and they approached each building separately.

The Main Pattern

The colour differentiation of the buildings did not bring any change in people’s behaviour: they all continued to see and greet only the people they knew. So I decided that I had to figure out how to show the MAIN PATTERN in a way that would connect the residents of the housing estate. My reflection started with the following finding: a common object becomes visible in the moment when we share it. If I want people to unite on the basis of the main pattern (“everyone coming from somewhere else”), I have to distribute it fairly among them. I therefore decided to make a picture of the housing estate. I got the designs of the main building types from the architects and I placed them side by side on paper in order to come as close as possible to the impression that each of them came from a different location. I had the pattern printed on cloth and had a thousand shirts made of it, as this seemed to be the best embodiment of the “invisible human” that could connect the people among themselves.

Share It!

For reasons of confidentiality, I had to get the list of residents unofficially. I walked around the housing estate for several weeks copying all the names from the doorbells. Then I picked a thousand families from my list and paired them. I made sure that the Líšeň Ravine lay between the selected pair– this ensured that the families were far enough apart and would not know each other.

On 30 May, 2007, I mailed identical parcels containing a shirt to all the paired families, always mentioning the other family as the sender. As a result, each pair of families symbolically shared a common object. My person and my name disappeared from the entire event, they did not appear anywhere in the housing estate and were supposed to remain secret until one month later, when all these families received an invitation to an opening at the Moravian Gallery in Brno. The Gallery thus became part of the project too; however, the important thing was not what was exhibited, but the people meeting each other at this place.

Kateřina Šedá, 2007

Photo: Vít Klusák

More about these events....

The National Arts and Place Consortium (APC) emerged from the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2014 and was adopted as a working group of the Place Alliance with a primary aim of championing the role of the arts and artists in placemaking.

APC is Chaired by Professor Charles Quick, Director In Certain Places, Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLAN & Independent Artist, managed by Beam and supported by a range of artists and cultural & built environment professionals from across the UK.

APC has recently secured a grant from The Art Fund Curatorial Network Fund to support the development of the network and engagement of the wider sector. To coincide with Coventry’s role as UK city of culture in 2021, The Arts and Place Consortium in collaboration with the School of Art and Design at Coventry University will use part of this funding to encourage a cross-sector in debate about the future role of artists in the public realm in the aftermath of Covid 19.

In the midst of a global pandemic, this series of live-streamed conversations will shine a light on a range of exemplar projects focusing on artists working in place in different contexts, at different scales and together explore the future role of artists working in the public realm.

We aim to inspire and challenge as well as helping to build an online community to increase support amongst the sector during these uncertain times. This series is managed by Beam and supported by The Art Fund.

Please visit the website for details of the rest of the programme (x7 events in the series).

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