Public art and resilience

Bishop, Cameron and Cross, David 2017, Public art and resilience, in ACUADS 2017 : Value : Proceedings of the ACUADS 2017 Conference, ACUADS, St Acton, A.C.T., pp. 1-10.

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Title Public art and resilience
Formatted title Public art and resilience: building socially-engaged practice through art education
Author(s) Bishop, CameronORCID iD for Bishop, Cameron
Cross, DavidORCID iD for Cross, David
Conference name Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools. Conference (2017 : Acton, A.C.T.)
Conference location Acton, A.C.T.
Conference dates 2017/09/28 - 2017/09/29
Title of proceedings ACUADS 2017 : Value : Proceedings of the ACUADS 2017 Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2017
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher ACUADS
Place of publication St Acton, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) university art
design education
Treatment Public Art project
Melbourne Water
City of Wyndham
Summary This paper will examine how university art and design education can engage
productively and profoundly with community. Taking as its key case study the
Treatment Public Art project developed by Deakin University in tandem with
Melbourne Water and the City of Wyndham in Melbourne’s west in 2015 and 2017,
this study will outline the assorted ways in which profound and ongoing dialogue and
collaboration with a specific community and its varied constituencies can, and
should, be core business of tertiary creative arts study. It will argue that such a pandisciplinary
partnership model not only provides professional practice pathways for
students, but achieves a social and cultural value that meshes research, teaching
and community-building in mutually beneficial ways.
As a riposte to the often erroneous, if persistent, accusation that art and design
education does not prepare students for ‘real world’ encounters and engagement, the
Treatment project has sought to build cultural resilience through dialogue, creative
expression and collaboration. This paper will examine how such a project serves to
build a complex skillset in students that combines dexterity across art making,
curatorial practice, project management and socially-engaged community
engagement strategies.
Language eng
Field of Research 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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