Dr Andrew Whitehouse has gone back to look at two seemingly similar works sited in rural Aberdeenshire a while ago.  The Alford Bull and the Turra Coo were both commissioned by local marketing groups, and both are figurative representations of animals that have significant meaning to the local humans.  Andrew draws out the significance of [...]

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Out in the Open

05 December, 2013 01.12PM

We asked Alastair Snow, artist, advocate and enabler of art and design in the public realm to review Out in the Open, the new book on public art in West Lothian.  He reminds us of the many significant projects that have left valuable legacies across the landscape and public spaces of West Lothian, and he highlights [...]

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In 2008 over a two week period 36,000 people visited Edinburgh Zoo. A huge proportion of these visitors witnessed a sited dance / performance work Enclosure 44 – Humans. As the director of, and a performer in this work, the layers, insights and developments have been multifaceted and ongoing. One of the most stimulating experiences [...]

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It’s common place to see elements of exhibitions spilling out of galleries (so-called off-site projects, and don’t get me started on that terminology).  But artists who work in public sometimes spill into galleries (although documentation of sited work doesn’t always make for good exhibitions). Culture Hijack, curated by Peter McCaughey of GSA, and Ben Parry, [...]

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Opportunities, News & Events

29 April, 2013 08.31AM

A round-up of the latest news, opportunities and events in public art in Scotland. Opportunities Falkirk Community Trust is looking for a lead artist for 12 months to contribute to the re-imaging of Denny town centre and, in particular, the creation of a new town square. Apply by 27 May. Read more. The Scott Skinner [...]

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Audiences

19 April, 2013 01.09PM

Earlier this week I was in Margate, at Turner Contemporary, talking about audience research. We covered the stuff you’d expect: how do we ask audience members what they like? Perhaps more importantly: why do we ask in the first place? We talked about venue contexts, un-ticketed contexts, events. And then we talked about sited work, [...]

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Opportunities, News & Events

12 April, 2013 04.17PM

A round-up of the latest news, opportunities and events in public art in Scotland. Opportunities Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art have opened their first application funds for 2014, including a new open bursary fund for students. A total of £14,000 is available to support a number of new exhibitions or projects, including fees, production and [...]

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The Essential Monument Pt. 2

22 March, 2013 10.01AM

PAR+RS is hosting a series of cross-sectoral round table discussions, structured around five key research questions. Contributions, examples, positions and ideas are welcome and can be posted to PAR+RS’ Facebook page or to the Twitter feed. Please use the hashtag #PARRS to participate.

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Opportunities, News & Events

17 March, 2013 09.40AM

A round-up of the latest news, opportunities and events in public art in Scotland. News See ixia’s second Public Art Survey which is now published with interesting comparisons from their previous survey on public art. Glance over some interesting comparisons or download the key findings over on their Public Art Online website. The Albert Drive project is a [...]

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Imagining Possibilities Conference

08 March, 2013 06.27PM

‘Imagining Possibilities: participatory arts and media and the creation of community wellbeing’ was the title of a conference that Chris and I attended at the beginning of the month at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley. ‘Creation’ is quite an evocative word here, but usefully so, as it makes the delegates – mostly [...]

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