What now for art in the public realm?

6 April 2011

The second Wide Open Space conference of 2011 will focus on art in the public realm, Localism and rural regeneration. It will take place on 26th May 2011 at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset.

What does Localism mean for the quality of our environment and enhancement of our public spaces? How do we continue to be creative in making places in the light of a major re-orientation of public policy and finances? Is there still a role for art and design which addresses key social issues such as housing, transport and other community needs, or should the focus return to economics, branding and "iconic" art? Speakers tackling these issues include Minister of State, The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, an architect of Localism; Professor Malcolm Miles, an art and regeneration specialist; artists Michael Pinsky and London Fieldworks; public art specialist Maggie Bolt; and Tom Munro, Manager for Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The day will include two participation sessions led by artist co-operative The People Speak. Full details of all speakers, the programme for the day and a booking form are available for download below.

Tickets cost £35 or £20 concessions (inc VAT). Numbers are limited and the deadline for booking is the 20th May 2011.

Download the full programme.


The conference is an initiative of The Dorset Design and Heritage Forum. Find out more about Wide Open Space at www.dorsetforyou.com/390685.