San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Note: This event will include a tour of the Folkestone Triennial 2014.
A one-day seminar exploring new strategies and approaches employed by artists and cultural practitioners when working within the public realm to build opportunities for cultural development in place making.
During this seminar we will look at various local, national and international examples of particular commissions and projects, which have taken place within a regeneration (place) context.
Taking into account the new financial reality we explore works, which present a new way of commissioning and offer alternative models in respect of economic viability and sustainability.
We will explore how artists are challenging perceptions of what public art can be and its role in respect of place making and community engagement. We will focus on projects that are risk taking (looking at both successes and failures) push boundaries, and in many cases are transformational – achieving exceptional, remarkable works which have a significant positive impact on places and communities.
Examples: A community land trust and co-operative bakery owned by the residents of Anfield and Breckfield in North Liverpool; a full scale replica of a 1950’s Westland suburban home relocated to Detroit’s city centre and transformed into an open space for diverse community activities; an urban soundwork of ten location-triggered stories, delivered as a mobile app; a ‘bouncy castle’ replica of Stonehenge made available for all to enjoy. All of these are examples of recent approaches adopted by artists when working outside of the gallery space. All of these have contributed to building a sense of place and sense of pride – critical for the making of new sustainable neighbourhoods.
Of course, the examples cited above respond to specific situations and commissioning contexts, but it is fair to say that in recent years we have witnessed a shift – a significant move away from a more traditional approach to commissioning artworks for the public realm, which in the past has often resulted in a commemorative permanent work, situated in the centre of a transport hub. Now we have entered what appears to be a ‘golden era’, where more and more the value and originality of vision that artists and other cultural practitioners bring to regeneration context has appreciated to such an extent that they are now often placed at the very centre of governmental, private sector and community-led initiatives, which strive to achieve positive societal and environmental change.
The event is free to Kent Design members within their membership package allocation. Additional places are available at £95 + VAT. Kent Design Members can book places by emailing email@example.com.
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