What is the current state of public art in the Netherlands? What do people working in the field encounter in their daily professional practice? What do commissions look like? Are there still many commissions and what problems do we encounter concerning the realisation of art in public space? These and many more questions will be discussed during the conference Kunst in de openbare ruimte (Art in public space) in which QKunst director Véronique Baar will participate to a roundtable discussion about mediators.
The conference will be organised on 20th January in Utrecht by BK-informatie, in honours of the artists’ trade journal’s 40th anniversary. The journal was created in 1979 to draw broad attention to new art commissions for art in public space.
To give insight into the historical development of art in public space, last March, BK-informatie revealed 100 key artworks in public space. Among them was one of the artworks for the North South metro line, the tulip palepai Jennifer Tee made for Amsterdam Central Station’s metro hall.
The insights collected by BK-informatie by selecting the artworks and the follow-up campaign #watdoetdathier (#whatsthisdoinghere) laid the grounds for the conference. The organisers invited six people to start a discussion on the topic they deal with in their own professional practice. These six people then invite other guests to their table to further explore the matter. Véronique Baar is invited by Liesbeth Jans.
NB: Tickets for the live streaming are still available.
Conference on public art