ARTS IN PLACE: Integrating Art into Public Places – Public Talk
Wednesday 14 October, 6pm to 8.30pm (drinks and networking from 5pm)
The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG
This event will explore how art can be integrated into our urban fabric, and how it contributes to creating a sense of place. Perspectives will be given from both Artists and Built Environment professionals - including Michael Pinsky, Andrew Price of re-form Landscape Architecture, Jo Fairfax and John Orrell of DLA Design Group. We’ll explore how artists influence place-making; how they can work with urban and landscape design professionals and the challenges and opportunities this presents; and discuss what the scope and process for artistic influence on functional aspects of the public realm can be.
Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology. His work has been shown at: TATE Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu; Saatchi Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Liverpool Biennial, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Armory Center of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rotterdam International Architectural Biennial. Dr Michael Pinsky graduated from the Royal College of Art. He has received awards from the RSA, Arts Council England, British Council, Arts and Business, the Wellcome Trust and his exhibition Pontis was shortlisted for the prestigious Gulbenkian Museums Award. www.michaelpinsky.com
Jo’s design ethos is to create holistic work where every detail is important. He extracts current technological principles and weaves them into his projects, bringing a sense of the human touch to wonderful technology. Jo has been designing for public and private spaces since 1996. His designs cover sculptural lighting, architectural glass, public squares, public art, sculptural seating, digital film, interactive film and lighting for dance.
Jo initially trained in sculpture and then studied holography at the Royal College of Art. Jo learnt how to make holographic films during an international residency at the Holocentre, New York. He became a NESTA Fellow having been awarded a NESTA Dream Time Award to develop this work into virtual reality. He has received ten Arts Council Awards, The Wingate Scholarship, The New Technologies Award and two Oxford Film and Video Awards. Jo works in ‘flexible clusters’ – rolling teams with different expertise, resulting in Jo working with experts in many fields. www.jofairfaxstudio.com
John Orrell Director of DLA Design Group
John has been with DLA for over 25 years and throughout that time has continually strived to ensure an exceptionally high standard of design is inherent in every project the Practice undertakes. With a genuine passion for creativity and innovation, John's particular field of expertise lies in a sustainable approach to architecture, something he is keen to pass on through his work as a Part Time lecturer to Part II students at Leeds Metropolitan University. This commitment to the enhancement of the architecture profession has led to John taking up the role of Chair of the RIBA Regional Executive where he is also an RIBA Design Award Assessor and member of the National RIBA Large Practice Group. John's wealth of knowledge in the industry and inspirational leadership skills has led to him being involved in a number of award winning schemes with the Group. In addition to promoting design excellence, John is committed to ensuring the future success of the profession by supporting younger members coming into the industry through the Group's bursary scheme.
Session tickets each - £10/ £6 (Artist & Concession rate)
OFFER – Access to 2 sessions - £15/ £10 (Artist & Concession rate)
*The offer applies to the following sessions: Engaging the Public, Integrating Art into Public Spaces, Lighting the City.
This event is part of a wider series of events, programmed by Beam called ‘Arts in Place’ which take place at The Orangery, Wakefield between 14-17 October. The Arts in Place event series will explore what impact artists can have – working with communities, business, built environment and other partners – on making better places and spaces.
More details of the events can be found at www.beam.uk.net or telephone 01924 215550.
‘Arts in Place’ is supported by Arts Council England ‘Grants for the Arts’.
Image Shown: Auden's Wheel by Mat Lazenby