The List – Part Three

And finally,  a few upcoming conferences to look out for in 2017:


The List – Part Two

… and following Part One,  a collection of journal articles, very loosely categorised:

Journal articles

City/Urban Studies

Commemoration/ Memory

Cultural Policy, Culture and Government


The Public/ Public Engagement

Public Art, Public Sculpture

Public Space/ Place




The List (or 2017 New Year’s Resolutions) – Part One

Well here’s another year coming to a close – so picking up the threads from my 2016 collection of bookmarked papers, saved journal alerts, and  the Public Art Research Facebook posts, here’s a bumper edition of “the list”: an eclectic collation of publications and resources that maybe I’ll get to, or get back to, in 2017:

(Let me know if there’s a personal favourite or a glaring omission – reply in the comments below or feel free to post on facebook)


Conference/Symposium Proceedings




Journal Special Issues

Documentation: Public Art School (Now)

Last year, Fiona Hillary and I convened a roundtable discussion, in conjunction with  ACUADS 2015,  the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools’ annual conference, held in Adelaide (24 September 2015).  We aimed to canvass the question: What’s happening now in higher education institutions to prepare students to work in and with public, community and social contexts?

Four leading educators were invited to respond to this question and reflect on a prepared Discussion Paper, collating examples of contemporary art projects, student activity and curriculum, contributed by art and design educators from around Australia and internationally.

We put out the call for contributions in June and July last year,  resulting in the Public Art School (Now) Discussion Paper (pdf).

Documentation, along with recordings of the Roundtable discussion, with Professor David Cross (Deakin University), Dr Maggie McCormick (RMIT University), Dr Nien Schwarz (Edith Cowan University) and Professor Marie Sierra (UNSW) has now made its way onto the ACUADS 2015 conference proceedings website. (Look for the heading “Roundtables”!)

Or access the recordings directly here:

New Year, old resolutions (again): 2016

Best wishes for 2016!

Here I am at the end of my short summer break with yet another list of things that I should remember to come back to…

Having spent some time sifting through the weight of old and unread emails, journal alerts and odd papers, I’ve bookmarked the eclectic collection of (mostly 2015) publications that remained for future reference. As in my 2015 post, this list is NOT intended as a comprehensive public art bibliography, nor a critical favourites or “must read” list – nevertheless, several people mentioned last year that they found it useful, so I’m sharing here.

Happy reading (thinking, making…)!

[Please do let me know any corrections and feel free to share your own suggestions/additions here or on the Facebook group.]


Conference Proceedings


Journals – Special Issues/Themed Sections

Journal articles

  • Julia Aoki & Ayaka Yoshimizu, 2015, ‘Walking Histories, Un/making Places: Walking Tours as Ethnography of Place’, Space & Culture 18(3): 273-284
  • Jonathan Bach, 2016, ‘The Berlin Wall after the Berlin Wall: Site into sight’, Memory Studies 9(1):48
  • Andrea Baldini, 2015, ‘An Urban Carnival on the City Walls: The Visual Representation of Financial Power in European Street Art’, Journal of Visual Culture 14(2):246-252
  • Debra Benita Shaw, 2015, ‘Streets for Cyborgs: The Electronic Flâneur and the Posthuman City,’ Space & Culture 18(3): 230-242
  • Tony Bennett, 2015, ‘Cultural Studies and the Culture Concept’, Cultural Studies 29(4): 546-568, DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2014.1000605
  • Paul Bunyan, 2015, ‘Regenerating the City: People, Politics, Power and the Public Sphere’, Local Government Studies 41 (3): 362-378, DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2014.982109
  • Kevin J. Burke, Stuart Greene, and Maria K. McKenna, 2016, ‘A Critical Geographic Approach to Youth Civic Engagement: Reframing Educational Opportunity Zones and the Use of Public Spaces’, Urban Education 51(2):143
  • Ingrid Campo-Ruiz, 2015, ‘Malmö Eastern Cemetery and Lewerentz’s critical approach to monumentality’, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 35(4): 328-344, DOI: 10.1080/14601176.2015.1079422
  • Deborah Chambers & David Baines , 2015, ‘A gift to the community? Public relations, public art and the news media’, European Journal of Cultural Studies 18(6): 639-655
  • Andrew Crisp, Anne Clarke & Ursula K Frederick, 2014, ‘Battlefield or gallery?: A comparative analysis of contemporary mark-making practices in Sydney, Australia’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Jill Desimini, 2015, ‘Limitations of the Temporary. Landscape and Abandonment’, Journal of Urban History 41(2: 279-293, doi: 10.1177/0096144214563502
  • Boyd Dirk Blackwell, Brian Dollery & Bligh James Grant, 2015, ‘Institutional vehicles for place-shaping in remote Australia’, Space & Polity 19(2):150-169, DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2015.1014227
  • Cameron Duff & David Moore, 2015, ‘Going out, getting about: atmospheres of mobility in Melbourne’s night-time economy’ Social & Cultural Geography 16(3): 299-314, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2014.979864
  • Ursula K Frederick, 2014, ‘Shake well midden: An archaeology of contemporary graffiti production in Perth, Western Australia’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Ursula K Frederick & Anne Clarke, 2014, ‘Signs of the times: Archaeological approaches to historical and contemporary graffiti’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Jordan Frith & Kati Fargo Ahern, 2015, ‘Make a sound garden grow: Exploring the new media potential of social soundscaping’, Convergence 21(4): 496-508
  • Abigail Gilmore & Roberta Comunian, 2016, ‘Beyond the campus: higher education, cultural policy and the creative economy’, International Journal of Cultural Policy 22(1):1-9 , DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1101089
  • Leslie A. Hahner & Scott J. Varda, 2014, ‘Yarn Bombing and the Aesthetics of Exceptionalism’, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11(4): 301-321, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2014.959453
  • Susan Hansen & Flynn Danny, 2015, ‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest’, Continuum 29(6): 898-912, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2015.1073685
  • Victoria Hattam, 2016, ‘Imperial designs: Remembering Vietnam at the US–Mexico border wall’, Memory Studies 9(1):27
  • Amanda Johnson Ashley, 2015, ‘Beyond the Aesthetic. The Historical Pursuit of Local Arts Economic Development’, Journal of Planning History 14(1): 38-61, doi: 10.1177/1538513214541616
  • Tanya J King, 2015, ‘Encrypted Landscapes, Nation-States: The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra’, Space and Culture 18(2): 171-182, doi: 10.1177/1206331214524495
  • Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, 2015, ‘Illuminights: A Sensory Study of Illuminated Urban Environments in Copenhagen’, Space and Culture 18(2) 112-131, doi: 10.1177/1206331213516910
  • Thomas Lemke, 2015, ‘Foucault and the ‘Government of Things’’, Theory, Culture & Society 32(4): 3
  • Moberley Luger, 2015, ‘Poetry as monument: Jenny Holzer and the memorial poems of 9/11’, Memory Studies 8(2):183
  • David Mercera & Prashanti Mayfield, 2015, ‘City of the Spectacle: White Night Melbourne and the politics of public space’, Australian Geographer 46(4): 507-534, DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2015.1058796
  • Andy Merrifield, 2015, ‘Amateur Urbanism’, City 19(5): 753-762
  • Vladimir Mikadze 2015, ‘Ephemeral Urban Landscapes of Guerrilla Gardeners: A Phenomenological Approach, Landscape Research 40(5): 519-529, DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2014.939617
  • Sophie Oldfield, 2015, ‘Between activism and the academy: The urban as political terrain’, Urban Studies 52(11):2072-2086
  • Fatma Pelin Ekdi & Hale Çıracı 2015, ‘Really public? Evaluating the publicness of public spaces in Istanbul by means of fuzzy logic modelling’, Journal of Urban Design 20(5): 658-676, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1106919
  • Martin Phillips, Anna Woodham & Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, 2015, Foucault and museum geographies: a case study of the English ‘Renaissance in the Regions’, Social & Cultural Geography 16(7): 730-763, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2015.1009854
  • Carolin Schurra & Katharina Abdo, 2016, ‘Rethinking the place of emotions in the field through social laboratories’, Gender, Place & Culture 23(1):120-133, DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.970138
  • Robyn Sloggett, 2015, ‘Has Aboriginal art a future?’ Leonhard Adam’s 1944 essay and the development of the Australian Aboriginal art market’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 18(2):167
  • Quentin Stevens & Shanti Sumartojo, 2015, ‘Memorial Planning in London’, Journal of Urban Design 20(5) 615-635, DOI:10.1080/13574809.2015.1071655
  • Marita Sturken, 2016, ‘The objects that lived: The 9/11 Museum and material transformation’, Memory Studies 9(1):13
  • Emily Talen, 2015, ‘Do-it-Yourself Urbanism: A History’, Journal of Planning History 14(2): 135-148, doi: 10.1177/1538513214549325
  • Simone Tulumello, 2015, ‘From “Spaces of Fear” to “Fearscapes”: Mapping for Reframing Theories About the Spatialization of Fear in Urban Space’, Space & Culture 18(3): 257-272

Public Art School (Now) – Call for Info/Contributions to Discussion Paper

Roundtable convenors: Ruth Fazakerley (University of South Australia) & Fiona Hillary (RMIT University)
ACUADS 2015, 24-25 September 2015, Adelaide
Conference website: 


L Holwood 2013. temporary student installation, Urban Laboratory, Rutledge Lane, Melbourne (Photo: Fiona Hillary)

What’s happening in higher education institutions to prepare art and design students to work in and with public, community and social contexts?

We’d like to get a snapshot of current activity, reflections and insights from art and design educators around Australia (and elsewhere!): including examples of relevant curriculum (programs, courses, units, projects, partnerships) across the diverse realms of public art, art and design in public space, socially engaged practice, art in social context, live art (etc) – as well as reflections on outcomes, successes, challenges and future needs.

We are particularly interested in reflections upon teaching and learning approaches that explore:

  • Creative collaboration across and between disciplines, institutions and frameworks;
  • The contributions of artists and designers to knowledge and society;
  • The future for design thinking and critical practice in the public realm;
  • The role of creative research and scholarship in the public realm.

We invite contributions to the preparation of a  Discussion Paper that will inform discussion at the ACUADS 2015 Roundtable Public Art School (Now). Examples, reflections, questions or comments should be submitted in the form of a Powerpoint document (3 slides max), conforming to the submission Guidelines (pdf). Multiple submissions are welcome.

Contributions will be edited and collated by the Roundtable convenors. The resulting document will be made available to the Roundtable participants and others as a website publication and as a powerpoint presentation at designated venues throughout the conference.

For further information, submission guidelines and an example, please see the Call for Info – Guidelines (pdf) or contact the Roundtable convenors Dr Ruth Fazakerley and/or Fiona Hillary.

Contributions should be accompanied by a signed Contibutor Release form available  here (.docx).

Deadline for submissions: 10 August 2015

We look forward to hearing from you,

Ruth & Fiona

Public Art and Higher Education

While I’ve been neglecting the blog over the last few months, I’ve been dabbling with a a Facebook group for Public Art Research… not sure how the relationship between the two sites will work out, but might allow for a little more dialogue…

and in the meantime, three opportunities concerned with the various relationships of art and public to the institutions of post-secondary education:

Call for Papers: Higher Ed: College Campuses and Public Art

Submissions deadline: 1 September 2016
Guest editor Monika Burczyk is now seeking proposals for essays, artists’ projects, dialogues and all other types of submissions on this subject for a forthcoming issue of the journal Public Art Dialogue.

As more and more colleges and universities feature public art on their campuses and in their pedagogy, it is a good time to address questions of how public art works at these specialized sites–for students, staff, faculty and community members. A Google search of “public art on campus” yields 110,000 results. While the definition of such “public art” ranges from university museums to social practice exchanges to collaborative community/classroom projects, the missions of these institutions often claim that art on campus is foundational to their intellectual culture and central to their educational vision. In this issue, the guest editor seeks to highlight the range of public art presented at colleges and universities, its various uses and effects, and strategies for evaluating such.

(Public Art Dialogue is sponsored by the organisation of the same name, here, and aims to provide platforms for dialogue across the wide range of professions and disciplines that public art encompasses.)

Submissions guidelines and further information here.

Public Art Studio Teaching Symposium

Saturday 4th July 2015
University of Auckland

NICAI called for submissions (now closed) to contribute to a one day symposium in conjunction with IAPA 2015: Cities in a Climate of Change: Public Art, Environmental and Social Ecologies (1-4 July), the second International Award for Public Art conference and exhibition.  IAPA 2015 is co-hosted by National Institute of Creative Arts & Industries (NICAI), University of Auckland, and the Shandong University of Art & Design, China, in association with the Hong Kong based Institute of Public Art (IPA).

IAPA 2015 includes the announcement of the 2nd International Public Art Award, administered by IPA.

The symposium is open to conference participants and others with an interest in the scholarship of studio teaching in the areas of public art and place-making practices.

and last but not least..

Public Art School (Now)

(with a nod to Situations and the Public Art (Now) blog for our adaptation of their title!)

Fiona Hillary (RMIT) and myself (Ruth Fazakerley, University of South Australia) are keen to discover what’s happening (or not happening) now in higher education institutions to prepare students to function as artists in the public realm.

As part of ACUADS 2015, the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools’ annual conference, to be held in Adelaide (24-25 September 2015), we will shortly be seeking examples from educators of relevant curriculum and projects, reflections, challenges and provocations, to contribute to a roundtable discussion at the conference: How are art schools’ preparing students to work in and with public, community and social contexts? What now constitutes professionally relevant skills and capacities? What are the challenges and opportunities?

We’ll outline submission guidelines soon, but feel free to get in touch before then if you’d like to be involved.