The time is ripe for some retrospection in terms of public art. It has been said that the lack of critique is an ‘impoverishment of the practice, and a reason that public art often fails to generate a public.’ Provocative words, but there is the potential to go further. As we see a reduction in the number of per cent for art schemes and an ever decreasing circle of commissions, what is holding artists back from applying for the opportunities? What are the commissioners thinking when they open applications and is there a great untapped resource out there that neither side is taking advantage of?
Big questions for the day. Joining us to discuss this are Gaynor Seville – Public Arts Officer with Mayo County Council, Ruairi ÓCuiv – Public Arts Officer for Dublin CIty, and Emma Price – Director at EMP Projects and formerly a senior project manager for Safle, a Welsh public art agency where she was responsible for developing strategies and managing public art commissions. The session will have a 20 – 30 minutes of presentation after which it will open to the floor for response and interaction.
Events at Get Together 2014