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Temporary Sculpture - Testing Places (Autumn Art Lecture Series)

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In 2003, Professor Charles Quick co-founded In Certain Places, a curatorial partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Through interdisciplinary projects, the partnership has worked with artists to question, test, disrupt and shape the places in their city. As curators, they see their role as that of brokering connections between people and places. They investigate the ways in which artists generate new understandings of particular places and instigate change, by engaging with the complexities of place in creative and critical ways. These projects span a range of art forms and include temporary public art works, architectural commissions, artist residencies, public talks, discussions, events and publications. Whilst locally specific, these activities connect with wider issues of art practice and place. Professor Quick will reflect in particular on the role of temporary sculptures in engaging local communities.

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Charles Quick is a Professor of Public Art Practice at the University of Central Lancashire with over 40 years’ experience as a teacher, artist/researcher and curator in the public realm. He has contributed permanent and temporary arts projects to cities across the United Kingdom. ’In Certain Places’ has been presented in venues such as Modern Art Oxford; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Hong Kong; and the Venice Biennial of Architecture.

Image credit: © Harris Flights Research Design and Charles Quick



About the Autumn Art Lecture Series

Until recently, the sculptural arts have dominated the squares and public spaces of the city. This has never been an easy task. Such places put art in a difficult position: hard to avoid but open to attack. Some find the statue a source of delight while for others it represents a challenge to be contested. Indifference has also plagued this public art form. More recently, other more interactive interventions have usurped its role. Understanding public sculpture requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Political, social, historical and aesthetic issues are all at stake. This year’s Autumn Art Lectures touch on all these areas and aim to make us think not just about the past of public sculpture, but also its possible future.



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