Arts in Place: The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Arts in Place

The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice, 1st Edition

By Cara Courage


228 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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This interdisciplinary book explores the role of art in placemaking in urban environments, analysing how artists and communities use arts to improve their quality of life. It explores the concept of social practice placemaking, where artists and community members are seen as equal experts in the process. Drawing on examples of local level projects from the USA and Europe, the book explores the impact of these projects on the people involved, on their relationship to the place around them, and on city policy and planning practice.

Case studies include Art Tunnel Smithfield, Dublin, an outdoor art gallery and community space in an impoverished area of the city; The Drawing Shed, London, a contemporary arts practice operating in housing estates and parks in Walthamstow; and Big Car, Indianapolis, an arts organisation operating across the whole of this Midwest city.

This book offers a timely contribution, bridging the gap between cultural studies and placemaking. It will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners working in geography, urban studies, architecture, planning, sociology, cultural studies and the arts.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: social practice placemaking in a global context

2. Arts in place

3. A typology of placemaking

4. The Drawing Shed, London

5. Art Tunnel Smithfield, Dublin

6. Big Car, Indianapolis

7. Conclusion: towards a deeper understanding of the arts in placemaking

Appendix: demographic and statistical information


About the Author

Cara Courage is an arts and urban researcher, curator and commentator. She completed her PhD at the University of Brighton, UK, and has an urban arts career spanning over fifteen years, with her own arts-based placemaking practice and specialism in public engagement in the built environment.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity

The Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity Series offers a forum for original and innovative research within cultural geography and connected fields. Titles within the series are empirically and theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic and captivating topics. This series provides a forum for cutting edge research and new theoretical perspectives that reflect the wealth of research currently being undertaken. This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, research students and academics, appealing to geographers as well as the broader social sciences, arts and humanities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography