What constitutes a piece of public art? Should it be outdoors and monumental? Permanent or made of strong, long-lasting materials? Or is it something that can be more fluid, intimate in scale and ephemeral in execution; operating in our constantly changing urban environment in new ways, inviting us to consider our surroundings in a new light and asking difficult questions about how city spaces are developed and controlled.
Household is pleased to announce Out in the Open, a 3-day programme of new commissions, screenings, interventions and conversations about what it means to make art in the public domain in 2015.
As well as premiering new artworks in the city of Belfast as part of this project, we are inviting leading local and international artists, curators, researchers and producers to present key projects and case studies that explore the transformative possibilities of public art. Through this discursive programme of talks and discussions we will examine how artistic and curatorial strategies in cities such as New York, London, and Helsinki could inform how art in public is currently considered in Northern Ireland, and what it may look like in the future.
More details to follow in the next few days.