Mapping the Future: Public Art in Scotland

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Mapping the Future: Public Art in Scotland was a public event consisting of three symposia framed within a programme of artist-led actions and interdisciplinary talks, which looked at the future of public art in Scotland. The event brought together key practitioners, curators and academics from across the UK and Europe.

The event was devised by Visual Research Centre (VRC), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee and Public Art Resource and Research Scotland (PAR+RS), and was supported by Creative Scotland.

At the 2nd symposium Diarmaid Lawlor of A&DS explored the concept of public-ness in Scottish placemaking, particularly in the context of the reform of the planning system. The presentation looked at the role of public art in the context of physical planning policies which seek to promote the creation of ‘places where people want to be’.

A summary of Diarmaid’s presentation can be found in Ken Neil’s correspondent’s report on the event, which has now been published. The report addresses key issues highlighted during the three event symposium:

Open publication – Free publishing – More artists
A blog from the event, prepared by Ruth Barker, editor of the PAR+RS website is also available here.

Headline Image: Re-Imagining the Centre, Inverness Sept 2009

Courtesy of IOTA
Artists: Annie Marrs & Jennifer Cantwell
Photographer: Ewen Weatherspoon

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