Commissioning and Curating Contemporary Public Art
What is the nature of public art? What do the policy-makers, commissioners, curators, artists and other specialists working with public art need to know about this rapidly changing and expanded field of practice? What, if any, are the possible relationships between public art and local democracy? These are some of the basic questions that this course tries to answer.
Throughout the course we will take a closer look at who can commission public art, the processes and frameworks that operate when art is created in, and for, public space and the challenges of curating art in the public realm. We will approach these questions based on conflicting perceptions of public space and public culture, and the highly contested themes of "the public sphere". How can curators, commissioners, diverse publics, communities, artists, and other practitioners effectively move between ideas and ideals of public culture, and the pragmatic contexts of actual decision-making, production, procurement, installation, and planning processes? What do communities wishing to invite public art into their environments, or wishing to instigate public art commissions or decommissioning, need to know in order to pursue their desires and ambitions?
The course also emphasizes the ways in which theory and practice interact, so as not to privilege theory over practice, but rather to look at how different perspectives - rooted in practical contexts as well as informed by critical theoretical analysis - connect to different possibilities in realising art as an integral part of public culture and public life.
A distance course, at advanced level, introducing key issues and practices in working with art in the public realm targeted at continuing professional development for curators, commissioners, policy-makers, artists, communities, community organisers, activists, planners, decision-makers, other professionals, practitioners and publics interested in the questions of commissioning and curating contemporary public art. This international course, delivered in English, in partnership with the University of Arts Helsinki is based on a combination of distance education and participation at two intensive workshops (from a choice of four) in: Gothenburg, Rome and Helsinki. This part-time course is designed to facilitate professionals and people with existing commitments to access continuing professional development in university education in a flexible manner.
The teaching team includes: Jason E. Bowman, Kerstin Bergendal, Kjell Caminha, Dr Daniel Jewesbury, Suzanne Mooney, Dr Sarah Tuck, Professor Mick Wilson, and special guests.
How to apply
- Apply for the course on universityadmissions.se
Application period: September 15 - October 15 2020
- Submit your letter of intention and your CV through SlideRoom: https://applyartsgu.slideroom.eu/#/Login
Period for submission: September 15 - October 22 2020
Due to the current situation, the education at HDK-Valand might take place online. We are awaiting instructions regarding the spring semester 2021.A decision will be made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg in November on the basis of recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden due to Covid-19. This means that we, for the time being, cannot say with certainty that the intensive workshops in Gothenburg, Rome and Copenhagen may take place on the site.