‘Public’ Art on Campus: strategy and reality in UK universities

Crouch, Amelia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9355-8254 (2015) ‘Public’ Art on Campus: strategy and reality in UK universities. a-n.


A report from The Curating the Campus symposium held at Leeds University on 11 June 2015; marking the launch of the University’s Public Art Strategy. The article asks: ‘who is the audience for public art on campus?’ and considers what the potential answers tell us about the imagined role of higher education institutions. Drawing upon a distinction between ‘placemaking’ and ‘place marketing’ made by Sian Vaughan (Birmingham City University) – plus contributions from speakers from Leeds, Newcastle and Loughborough Universities – the article highlights the value of process-based artworks and participatory public projects. These can be used to engage students, staff and wider community users, alongside more permanent public artworks.

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