The face of public art is changing. Over the past ten years, orthodox artistic approaches to working outside the confines of the gallery or museum have been challenged by a new wave of artists who are provoking us to see the world anew.
Their works unsettle rather than authenticate place identity; disrupt and intrude into the everyday rather than embellish; occupy and contest use of public space, rather than predetermine its design. They encourage us to get lost and challenge preconceived ideas about where art belongs and when and where it might take place.
Public Art (Now) is a national programme of talks, films, publications and workshops, devised by Situations with our partners, dedicated to showcasing internationally significant new forms of public art.
We bring internationally recognised artists and producers in public art to Bristol for a series of conversations and lectures and live stream them internationally.
Organised through group discussion and participation, these day-long workshops each provide attendees with the opportunity to learn new skills and to gain knowledge about producing and evaluating new artforms.
Edited by Claire Doherty this survey publication will be published by Art / Books in association with Situations and Public Art Agency Sweden and the European Network of Public Art Producers in March 2015. The book will bring together over 40 of the most influential public artworks to have emerged in the past decade.
A programme of eight film interviews with international artists and curators featured in the survey publication.
Aimed at emerging artists and curators, the scheme offers travel bursaries and free tickets for 16 individuals to attend the live events and selected workshops and to share their experiences on the blog.
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Public Art (Now) is produced by Situations in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Art / Books, Creative Time (New York), Eastside Projects, Live Art Development Agency, Folkestone Triennial, Liverpool Biennial, Public Art Agency Sweden, Space Studios, This is Tomorrow, University of Central Lancashire and University of Bristol.
Funders and supporters
Public Art Now has been made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Value programme, European Cultural Programme, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award, Public Art Agency Sweden and Bjorvika Infrastruktur, Oslo.