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Appointment as Public Art Now coordinator

Gradcam Researcher Grainne Coughlan Coordinates Public Art Now Conference, 29-31 October 2020

Gradcam Phd Candidate, Grainne Coughlan was appointed as conference coordinator for Public Art Now Conference in September 2019.

The conference will be located at TU Dublin’s city campus, Grangegorman – Irelands largest single investment in higher education in the last 50 years, which will house a community of 23,00 students on a campus only 1km 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.

Comprised of a varied set of art practices, Public Art 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.

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

For more information, submission details and registration please visit http://www.publicartnow.eu/

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