Socially Engaged and Participative Public Art Practice


The module provides an overview of developments in public art practice from site and context specific artworks to community art and socially engaged practices. Combining theory, case studies and practical, experience-based learning the module requires students to keep a project research diary documenting an engagement with a particular context, community or site and produce a project proposal for a public art work in response to the theoretical framework.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the range and development of public art practice.

  2. Reflect an understanding of the cultural context and ethical issues arising in collaborative and socially engaged art practice.

  3. Research and develop a public art proposal for a site, context, community of place, or interest.

  4. Produce and communicate a public art project proposal that demonstrates effective planning, costing, managment and evaluation of a public artwork.

  5. Demonstrate understanding and exercise appropriate judgement in the mediation and communication of public artworks and socially engaged practice.

  6. Participate in seminars, workshops and other events, contributing and responding appropriately and express conceptualised developed thinking in group seminars, tutorials and peer critiques.

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