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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) was 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.

The Public Art (Now) programme included live events, workshops and the publication of Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now).

Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now)

Edited by Situations’ Founder Director Claire Doherty, this survey publication was published by Art / Books in association with Situations and Public Art Agency Sweden and the European Network of Public Art Producers in 2015. Public Art (Now) brings together over 40 of the most influential public artworks to have emerged in the past decade.

Public Art (Now): Film interviews

A programme of eight film interviews with international artists and curators featured in the survey publication.

Watch on our YouTube channel.

Public Art (Now): Travel Bursaries

Aimed at emerging artists and curators, this scheme offered travel bursaries and free tickets for 16 individuals to attend the live events and selected workshops, sharing their experiences on the blog.

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.

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