Up Projects,

Designed by Laura Gordon

We are delighted to launch our new publication of What’s the Point? A Case for Art in the Public Domain, a new compendium compiled by UP Projects including contributions by Maria Amidu (Artist), Suzanne Lacy (Artist), Justine Ludwig (Executive Director, Creative Time), Marti Manen (Director, Index Foundation), Andrea Mechelli (Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health, Kings College London), and Torange Khonsari (Founding Director, public works) on the benefits of including progressive and inclusive contemporary art in our public spaces and places. We are currently launching the publication on our social media platforms by offering our six articles as downloads over the coming weeks before making the full publication available to download for free.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to check for the available downloads.

As public art commissioners we are all too often asked ‘what’s the point of working with artists to create new work for public spaces?’ This question, posed by individuals and groups at various stages of the commissioning process, indicates that there is still work to be done to highlight the value of art that is located beyond the walls of our galleries and museums. 

During the almost 20 years of our existence as an organisation that commissions and presents art in the public domain, we have encountered a broad spectrum of responses to our work. Ranging from excitement and enthusiasm (which is always great to see and hear) to disinterest and scepticism. We are as interested in the disinterested and the sceptical as we are in the positive, because it is in this feedback that we recognise that there is still more work to be done.

For this reason, UP Projects has compiled this publication and invited five contributors ranging from artists and curators to educators and scientists, asking them to respond to the provocation ‘what’s the point of working with artists to create new work for public spaces?’ Our hope is to bring you different perspectives on how public art provokes thought and communicates new ideas. Throughout the publication we underline how art in the public domain has a valuable role to play - how it can enrich social cohesion and contribute to our mental health and well-being as well as how it can catalyse connections between people, places and ideas.

In addition to our commissioned essays we have included a series of UP Projects case studies that demonstrate the various ways in which artists can help foster connections, draw out alternative narratives and present new ideas that relate to the places we frequent and inhabit.

DOWNLOADS 

Full Publication Download 

Download One: Expanding Imagination: The Potential of Art in the Everyday Moira Lascelles, Deputy Director, UP Projects interviews Justine Ludwig, Executive Director, Creative Time

Download Two: Debated Territory: Towards a Critical Language for Public Art by Suzanne Lacy, Artist and Professor

Download Three: The Artist as Public Health Practitioner by Andrea Mechelli, Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Download Four: People Need Public Art and Public Art Needs People by Maria Amidu, Visual Artist

Download Five: Negotiating Public Rights Elisabeth Del Prete, Learning Curator, UP Projects interviews Torange Khonsari, Co-Founder and Director of public works

Download Six: Working with Artists for a Public Situation by Marti Manen, Director, Index Foundation (The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation) and former Curator at the Swedish Art Agency, Stockholm