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Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public

Friday 30 & Saturday 31 August 2019
The Pavilion
Level 8, Building H
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Registration closed
One day: $20 concession; $40 full
Two days: $40 concession; $80 full
Light lunch and refreshments included

Co-presented by Monash University Museum of Art and Monash Art Projects, Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public reflected on the growing interest in making and presenting art outside of the conventional gallery context and explored the opportunities and complexities of realising art in the public realm.

With over forty speakers from across Australia and beyond, two keynotes, four panels and five breakout sessions, the two-day symposium traversed models and motivations for commissioning art outside the gallery; considered how art impacts the physical and social character of a place; incorporated Indigenous ways of knowing, connection to site and diverse histories; reviewed the critical context and reception of art in the public realm; and speculated on the development of new and more inclusive commemorative public artworks.

Participants including artists, designers, art consultants, policymakers, commissioners and curators came together for discussions about ephemeral, temporal and virtual projects, social and participatory practices, and variously scaled urban and regional projects. Keynote presentations were delivered by Cuban installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera and New York–based Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, Nicholas Baume.

Image: Agatha Gothe-Snape, The Scheme Was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, 2014–15, Monash University, Caulfield Campus. Photo: Zan Wimberley