Pathway 5: International Public Art Conference

Public Art Now

This international gathering is led by TU Dublin’s School of Creative Arts in conjunction with European partners, arts agencies and organisations in Ireland and internationally. Public Art Now will take place in the new Cultural (East) Quad on TU Dublin’s city campus, Grangegorman. The campus is situated on the grounds of the former St Brendan’s hospital and is central to the development of a vibrant new city quarter that is sensitive to the context of Grangegorman, its surrounding neighbourhoods and existing communities. This location informs considerations of public art, which often acts as a barometer for thinking critically about the relationships between public art practice, policy and its publics. The conference takes place at a time when Ireland’s Per Cent for Art Scheme is being revised. As such, the Public Art Now conference is structured by three key themes: Public Art: Processes and Politics; Public Art in the Anthropocene; Ecologies of Space and Place. Participants wishing to submit a paper or a workshop are encouraged to think ambitiously about the contexts, roles and prospects for public art, now and in the coming decades. Some keynote speakers include: Dr Ros Grey, (Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London), Kerry Doyle (Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas) and Dr Marnie Badham (Artist and academic at RMIT Melbourne).


The conference has been postponed until spring 2021.

Read the full statement here.



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