Public Art Now 2020 - Call for presentations

22 Jan, 2020

Public Art Now is an exciting new conference exploring the changing landscape of Public Art, now and in the coming decades focusing on its’ practice, politics and publics. The conference will take place in Grangegorman on 29-31 October 2020.

Public Art comprises a varied set of art practices. It provides 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. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, human–and non-human animals, face unprecedented environmental and social challenges. The present geological epoch of the Anthropocene, unchecked globalisation and resurgent nationalistic forces, provide new contexts through which to consider Public Arts role in society. Within this context, the Public Art Now Conference will explore alternative ways to articulate the diversity of arts practice and the complexity of our social, physical and natural environments.

The Public Art Now conference will be located at Grangegorman, the flagship campus of Grangegorman, and Ireland's largest single investment in higher education in the last 50 years, which from September 2020 will accommodate over 10,000 students just1km from Dublin City Centre. The campus, in part situated on the grounds of the former St Brendan’s hospital, is central to the development of a vibrant new city quarter that is sensitive to the context of Grangegorman, its’ surrounding neighbourhoods and existing community. This location 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. 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

We invite participants to think ambitiously about the contexts, roles and prospects for Public Art, now and in the coming decades.

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