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Public Art: feeding the soul on Glasgow’s subway?

18:00 on 19 November 2013
Glasgow Film Theatre

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At one time you had to go to a gallery to participate in the art world. Now, from The Kelpies to UK-wide project Art Everywhere, public space is increasingly being filled with various objets d’art. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport shares this new enthusiasm and wishes to ‘feed our souls’. Its ongoing programme of modernisation of the Glasgow Subway includes plans for ‘quality pieces’ in each of the 15 stations. But is the public really in need of such nourishment? What role does expertise play in choosing ‘public’ art, and how comfortably do these choices sit with the vogue for bottom-up audience participation? Should authorities instead stick to providing more traditional civic amenities such as parks and fountains rather than spending resources on artistic engagement, often of questionable merit? Or is there something to celebrate in the notion of great art being freely available to all in our daily lives?

There will be a drinks reception before the discussion from 6:00pm.

David Fagan councillor, North Lanarkshire Council; Convenor of Regeneration

Dr Tiffany Jenkins
sociologist and cultural commentator

Toby Paterson artist; public commissions include ‘Points of Contact’ (Dunfermline)

Andy Scott sculptor, projects include “Heavy Horse”, “Equus Altus” and “The Kelpies”

Chair: Claire Fox director, Institute of Ideas; panellist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze

Organised by
Simon Knight director, Generation Youth Issues; board member, Play Scotland
Michelle Watt communications manager, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Part of a larger conference from Institute of Ideas at the Barbican.