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The series of talks has been created to start a discussion on the benefits of placing art in the public sphere and the positive impact that it brings to the creative sector, the local community and the overall physical environment either temporarily or permanently.
Moderating the event will be Colin G. Reaney, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the American University in Dubai. The key presenters at the talks are:
- Cedar Lewisohn – Artist, Curator of ‘Street Art’ (Tate Modern), Author of ‘Street Art: the Graffiti Revolution (Tate), and ‘Abstract Graffiti’ published by Merrell
- Michaela Crimmin - Independent curator, course tutor at the Royal College of Art, co-founder and co-director of Culture+Conflict
- Judith Greer - Associate Director of International Programmes, Sharjah Art Foundation
- Lisa Ball – Lechgar – Publications Manager, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
- Sultan Sooud al Qassemi - Founder and Chairman of Barjeel Art Foundation
- Khalil Abdulwahid - Visual Arts Manager, Dubai Culture
- El Seed - Tunisian Arabic Graffiti Street Artist
- Fathima Mohiuddin- Artist, Curator, Founder of The Domino
The forum is divided into two discussion panels that will examine the concept of Art in the public realm. Speakers in the first panel will discuss the impact art has in a public space and the reason major cities around the world incorporate art into their public spaces and public policies.
The second discussion panel will debate the challenges and regulations faced by public art. It will discuss the challenges artists and governments face when placing art in public spaces, the negative connotations of some forms of public art and the reasons why street art is now increasingly on display in commercial galleries.
Carine Rizk from British Council commented: “With the UAE thriving arts and culture scene and a unique multicultural society, we believe that now is the right time to hold a debate about placing art in the public realm given the dramatic growth of the medium and its crucial role in shaping a city’s creative and social identity.”
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The discussion panel will be held at the Jumeirah Creek Side Hotel at 3:00pm and will be followed by a networking event at 19:00. For more information, please visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org/