PUBLIC
ART

NOW

Public Art comprises a varied set of art practices, providing opportunities for collective participation and self-expression, historical reflection and community dialogue. It contributes to our social, spatial and political topologies by proposing new social models, enhancing physical infrastructure and engaging with design.

The recent Covid-19 pandemic as well as our present geological epoch of the Anthropocene, unchecked globalisation and resurgent nationalistic forces, provide new contexts to consider Public Arts' role in society. Through a series of 6 conversations led by Public Art practitioners we will explore how public art responds to the complexity of our cultural and natural environments and how current policy and theory support these actions. The event is structured by three key themes;

• Public Art: Processes & Politics
• Public Art in the Anthropocene
• Ecologies of Space & Place

Technological University Dublin
Grangegorman,
Dublin 7, Ireland

24-26
June
2021

Speakers

Marnie Badham

Dr Marnie Badham is a Senior Research Fellow and teaches Art in Public Space at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her work focuses on socially engaged art and participatory research methodologies.
Marnie’s art-research practice is characterised by collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships through residencies, expanded curation and industry engagement. Her co-curated exhibition Bruised Food: a living laboratory (Badham & Maravillas 2019, RMIT Gallery, Australia) explored gentle activism and ecology in Asia. Recent creative cartographies include Five Weeks in Spring: an emotional map of Lilydale registering attachment to place in the context of climate crisis and development (Badham & Wong Hulbert 2018, Yarra Ranges Regional Gallery, Australia) and EmpowerHER: a women’s map to the city (Badham & Dundas Oke 2018, Thompson Rivers University, Canada) re-centring local knowledge of women experiencing transition and homelessness.
Marnie has published her theoretical and applied research in dozens of international peer reviewed journals and book chapters (Portugal, France, Canada, Australia, Norway, Russia), co-edited the book Making Cultural Count: the politics of cultural measurement (2015, Springer), and is completing her monograph The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and places not your own.

Alex Braidwood

Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer, and educator who maintains a practice exploring issues of sustainability at the intersection of art and science. He has been an artist in residence in an Australian mountain village, on an Iowa farm, at a mid-western biological field research station, and on Isle Royale National Park.  Alex is currently Director of the Artist-in-Residence program at Iowa Lakeside Lab and Associate Professor at Iowa State University.

Stefanie Hessler

Stefanie Hessler is a curator, writer, and editor. She is director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. Her work focuses on ecologies and technology from an intersectional feminist perspective. Recent curatorial projects include Down to Earth at the Gropius Bau/Berliner Festspiele in Berlin (2020); Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land II at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (2020) and at Ocean Space, Venice (2019). Her monograph Prospecting Ocean was published by The MIT Press and TBA21–Academy in 2019. Hessler is visiting research scholar at Westminster University in London and curator of the 17th MOMENTA Biennale in Montreal titled Sensing Nature (2021).

Alexandra Carr

  Alexandra’s art practice responds to natural processes and phenomena, is experimental in nature and includes drawing, kinetic works, installation and video.  Alexandra has exhibited at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier, and was commissioned by seminal musicians Radiohead. She was shortlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award 2016, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017, 2019 and 2020, and is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She also received a Leverhulme residency investigating medieval and modern cosmology in collaboration with historians and cosmologists and is a fellow at The Institute of Advanced Studies working on ‘Material Imagination’ to produce biological smart materials. Alexandra exhibits internationally including the Verket Museum, Sweden and project spaces in Iceland.

Ciaran Benson

Ciarán Benson is chair of the Grangegorman “… the lives we live” project. He was chairperson of The Arts Council (1993-98), and currently chairs a number of organisations including Poetry Ireland and the Interagency Per Cent for Art Group. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University College Dublin.

Ailbhe Murphy

Dr. Ailbhe Murphy is Director of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland. Create is a resource organisation for artists working in social and community contexts, offering professional development, mentoring, project development support, commissioning and project opportunities as well as research and training. Create also manages the Artist in the Community Scheme for the Arts Council and is leading the Arts Council’s three year Creative Places pilot programme in Tuam, in the West of Ireland. At Create Ailbhe is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally.

Sinéad O’Reilly

Sinéad O’Reilly is the Local, Place and Public Art Manager in the Arts Council. She currently sits on the National Famine Commemorative Committee, the Town Centre First Interdepartmental Group and the EU OMC for Culture and Social Cohesion where public art in its many contexts, finds place and value in cultural, social and economic development. The Arts Council, who manage publicart.ie, is working closely with the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Art, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media on a new developmental programme for the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Garrett Phelan

Garrett Phelan has developed a distinctive practice through ambitious, site-specific projects that include drawing, independent FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography, animation and text ephemera. Solo exhibitions and commissions include FREE THOUGHT FM at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2019); THE HIDE PROJECT, commission, Fingal County Council, Dublin (2017); HEED FM, commission, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin (2016); A VOODOO FREE PHENOMENON, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2015); NEW FAITH LOVE SONG, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2012). Check out Garrett’s website for more

Eleonora Belfiore

Eleonora Belfiore is Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University, UK. She has published extensively on cultural politics and policy, and particularly the place that notions of the ‘social impacts’ of the arts have had in British cultural policy discourses. She was Co-Director of Studies of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value (2013-5), and co-author of its final report, Enriching Britain: Culture, creativity and growth, published in February 2015. For Palgrave, she edits the book series New Directions in Cultural Policy Research, and she is Co-Editor in Chief journal Cultural Trends. Eleonora is developing new research on the labour conditions of socially engaged arts practice supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme grant.

Themes

Public Art: Processes & Politics

Public Art by its very nature cannot be viewed as an autonomous venture, instead it is the product of a multitude of relationships across institutional platforms, political and social ideologies, and subject to economic constraint. We invite participants to think critically about current, emerging and speculative models of practice and policy that respond to the complexity of Public Art contexts –and publics. This includes but is not limited to; responsibilities of the commissioning processes, commemoration and monument –and their decolonisation, policy as a form of governance, future heritage legacies, and evaluation.

Public Art in the Anthropocene

While the visibility and the significance of environmental and ecological concerns within Public Art is growing, the reality of the Anthropocene raises important questions concerning its current and future role. We invite participants to consider not only how Public Art sponsors environmental awareness, but also to think about the problems, challenges and solutions encountered in Public Art and public creativity more broadly. This includes but is not limited to; politics of materials, designing for nature, Public Art policy for the Anthropocene as well as Public Art as model for the promotion of sustainable human and non-human ecologies, the ecosphere, and politics of degrowth.

Ecologies of Space & Place

How Public Art serves to alter, reorganise or manage our sense of sociality, place and public space is a critical concern not only to artists, but to communities, architects, designers as well as the areas of sociology and planning. We invite contributions that consider how Public Art effects social and physical topologies of our communities, and responds to the local and global concerns of constituents. This includes but is not limited to; community organisation and empowerment, design of public institutions and negotiation of public space, participatory design, immigration, mapping and models of alternative social organisation.

Call for Papers

The program for Public Art Now Conference will be composed of a balance of open and invited contributors. As part of the open call, Public Art Now invites proposals for papers, composed panels, workshops or other formats that address the themes of the conference through the lens of policy, practice or publics.

Proposals are encouraged from all those with an interest in public art including, artists, academics, art administrators and managers, art institutions and students.

We want every participant to feel welcome, included and safe at the conference. It is our ambition to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment. As part of this ambition, we particularly invite proposals that reflect diverse backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability.

Public Art Now is committed to making the conference an inclusive experience for parents and guardians. We are looking into providing local childcare and crèche options for participants and attendees. If this service might be of interest to you please indicate on the submission or registration form.

If you have, any queries please contact publicartnow@TUdublin.ie

 

Submission Guidelines

Please email your proposals using the proposal form directly to the conference organisers at publicartnow@TUdublin.ie

For all submissions you will need to provide a title and abstract (300 words maximum), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Sessions will be 90 minutes long

Composed panels, workshops or other formats should be kept to 1 hour or less to facilitate time for discussion and should include details of other participants and abstract of papers.

Artists’ proposing workshops will be paid in accordance with the guidelines for artists and workshops suggested by Visual Artists Ireland.

Individual paper proposals should be kept to 20 minutes.

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, on social media and in the programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the conference organisers.

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20.

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Hosts

Public Art Now is hosted by Technological University Dublin. TU Dublin's new Grangegorman campus informs our considerations of Public Art, which often acts as a barometer for thinking critically about the relationships between Public Art practice, policy and its publics.

TU Dublin’s Grangegorman campus is Irelands largest single investment in higher education in the last 50 years, which will facilitate a community of 23,00 students just 1km from Dublin city centre. Situated in part on the grounds of the former St Brendan’s hospital, the campus is central developing a vibrant new city quarter that is sensitive to the context of Grangegorman, its’ surrounding neighbourhoods and existing community.

 

 

TICKETS ARE FREE. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

tickets are valid for all 6 conversations over the course of 3 days.

Each conversation will relate and respond to each other. We strongly encourage participants to join us for all 6 conversations

You can book your ticket here

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TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY DUBLIN

TU Dublin is Ireland’s first Technological University.  The university’s new city is being developed on a spectacular 73-acre site at Grangegorman in central Dublin. This is the largest higher education development project in Europe. The campus will provide an exceptional learning environment that supports research, innovation, and the advancement of knowledge.

GRANGEGORMAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

The Grangegorman Development Agency was appointed by the Irish Government to redevelop 73 acres for Grangegorman into a new urban quarter in Dublin 7  with health, education and community at its heart. In 2011, the GDA commissioned the Grangegorman Arts Strategy and the subsequent establishment of the Grangegorman Public Art Working Group to oversee the implementation of the Arts Strategy through ‘…the lives we live’ (2015-2020).

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