Commissioned and published by ixia, the public art think tank, 16.01.2013
Following the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012, public art has been encouraged to seek new definition within the term ‘cultural well-being’. Assumptions based on the mechanisms for public art established in the 1980s may now be redundant. Instead, artists, planners and funders may need to look again at the cultural ambitions of the post-War reconstruction programme, and how these informed the social aspiration for engaged arts practices of the late 1960s/early 1970s, to recover more meaningful ways to contribute to future planned development. Equally, it is now important for artists, and others engaged in the delivery and funding of public art, to establish new ways of working that recognise the difference between the ‘democratisation of culture’ and place-shaping ‘cultural democracy’.
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