1st Edition

The Everyday Practice of Public Art Art, Space, and Social Inclusion

Edited By Cameron Cartiere, Martin Zebracki Copyright 2016
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion is a multidisciplinary anthology of analyses exploring the expansion of contemporary public art issues beyond the built environment.

    It follows the highly successful publication The Practice of Public Art (eds. Cartiere and Willis), and expands the analysis of the field with a broad perspective which includes practicing artists, curators, activists, writers and educators from North America, Europe and Australia, who offer divergent perspectives on the many facets of the public art process.

    The collection examines the continual evolution of public art, moving beyond monuments and memorials to examine more fully the development of socially-engaged public art practice. Topics include constructing new models for developing and commissioning temporary and performance-based public artworks; understanding the challenges of a socially-engaged public art practice vs. social programming and policymaking; the social inclusiveness of public art; the radical developments in public art and social practice pedagogy; and unravelling the relationships between public artists and the communities they serve.

    The Everyday Practice of Public Art offers a diverse perspective on the increasingly complex nature of artistic practice in the public realm in the twenty-first century.


    Part I The Social Practice of Public Art

    1. Through the Lens of Social Practice: Considerations on a Public Art History in Progress

    2. Politicizing Publics: A Social Framework for Public Artworks

    3. Placing Murals in Belfast: Community, Negotiation and Change

    4. The Everyday Agonistic Life after the Unveiling: Lived Experiences from a Public Art World Café

    Part II The Education of a Public Artist

    5. Creating the Global Network: Developing Social and Community Practice in Higher Education

    6. Throwing Stones in the Sea: Georg Simmel, Social Practice and the Imagined World

    7. Open Engagement: Accessible Education for Socially-Engaged Art 

    8. "Context is Half the Work": Developing Doctoral Research Through Arts Practice in Culture

    Part III The Spatial Fabric of Public Art and Social Practice

    9. Public Art as a Function of Urbanism

    10. Listening in Certain Places: Public Art for the Post-Regenerate Age

    11. Antagonistic Spaces: On Small, Interventionist, and Socially-Engaged Public Art

    12. Why Public Art? Urban Parks and Public Art in the Twenty-First Century

    Part IV Visual Timeline

    13. A Collective Timeline of Socially-Engaged Public Art Practice, 1950 – 2015


    Cameron Cartiere is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is author of RE/Placing Public Art, co-author of the Manifesto of Possibilities: Commissioning Public Art in the Urban Environment, and co-editor of The Practice of Public Art (with Shelly Willis).

    Martin Zebracki is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds. He has published various academic articles, journal issues and book chapters on public art and social engagement. He is author of Public Artopia: Art in Public Space in Question.

    "Finally a publication that attempts to explore the multiple, complex elements that make up contemporary art in the public sphere. The Everyday Practice of Public Art traces the changes in contemporary public practice through a broad reaching series of essays: from the growth of social practice in educational institutions, to the problematics of city public art regeneration programs, to an analysis of art as a catalyst for social transformation. This publication asks the question - why public art, what is happening now and what can and should art in the public sphere be doing for us?"

    Dee Hibbert-Jones, Associate Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz

    "This book is a reminder that social practice is also an acknowledgement of different perspectives, new histories, collaboration. The authors of these texts do us a service by bringing new voices and views to the already robust debate."

    Suzanne Lacy, Chair, MFA Public Practice, Otis College of Art and Design  

    "A wonderful collection that takes public art as a socially engaged practice seriously. Theoretically, practically and politically engaged, this book does much to advance debates on art and the social world."

    Loretta Lees, Professor of Human Geography and Director of Research, University of Leicester

    "This volume deserves to become essential reading for researchers interested in understanding the processes underpinning the production of public art, its inscription and its contribution to social inclusion. Its value lies in the broad definition given to public art, amply reflected in the case studies, and to the innovative structuring of the discussion. The editors are to be applauded for their innovative approach in teasing out socially engaged public art practices, not least in emphasising the pedagogic routes underpinning production, its evolution and through bringing together authors representing a suitably diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds."

    Ronan Paddison, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow

    "The book’s value is its distillation of community-based public art practice along with advice and curricula for the establishment of public art programs that emphasize social involvement. Summing Up: Recommended."

    S. Webster, Lehman College and the Graduate Center CUNY in CHOICE