Art & the Public Sphere Journal

Art & the Public Sphere voices a critical relationship towards the traditional and conventional debates about the specific field of public art, as well as towards the broader discussions and art practices in the public sector and the public realm. Whilst ‘public art’ has continually suffered from its mixed role as art and also town planning, in the UK, for example, the perceived success of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North has since recruited public art for the purposes of ‘place-making’ and the branding of cities. The journal offers an engaged and responsive forum in which to debate the newly emerging series of developments within contemporary thinking, society and international art practice. It is peer-reviewed and edited by Mel Jordan, an artist who works for the collective Freee.

Published by Intellect and supported by ixia, Art & the Public Sphere provides a new platform for academics, artists, curators, art historians and theorists, whose working practices are broadly concerned with contemporary art’s relation to the public sphere.

Art & the Public Sphere
journal – Volume 2. Numbers 1 & 2
Volume 2. Issues 1 & 2 will be guest edited by Martin Zebracki & Joni m Palmer. This double issue will explore Art and Geography. Art is a burgeoning phenomenon in the public sphere of Western cities, and emcompases a range of issues from geographical levels of the body to international development.This issue welcomes papers that may engage with one or more of the following critical questions, or related relevant matters. By whom and for whom, and from which rationales, is public art made in time and space? And, more particularly, what does this imply for urban identity, socio-spatial inclusion and exclusion, and sociocultural sustainability?

Art & the Public Sphere
journal – Volume 1. Number 2

Art & the Public Sphere journal – Volume 1. Number 2 was published in April 2013. The journal includes articles by Mark Hutchinson, Gretchen Coombs & Justin O’Connor, Angela Harutyunyan and Malcolm Miles; an interview with Vito Acconci by the Freee art collective; and various reviews. Click here to view the Contents.

Art & the Public Sphere journal – Volume 1. Number 1
Art & the Public Sphere journal – Volume 1. Number 1 was published in 2011. The journal includes articles by Jim McGuigan,  Andy Hewitt, Kim Charnley, Mick Wilson and Martin Patrick. Click here to download the first issue of the journal free of charge from intellect’s website.


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Subscription information:
ISSN: 2042793X – 3 issues per volume
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