Public Art Policy discussion at Infecting the City

As part of the Infecting the City public art festival, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in collaboration with the Africa Centre and Creative Cape Town, will be hosting a one-day discussion that addresses public art policy on Friday 9 March, at 8.30am -12.30pm, at Hiddingh Hall.

The discussion entitled: Towards a Public Art Policy for a World Design Capital, will address the following topics: Public Art Policy as it exists internationally and nationally. Questions and principles behind such policies; the development and implementation strategies for these policies; the public art policy initiatives underway in Cape Town; and initiating a road map toward completing and implementing a policy within the World Design Capital.

Public art is not new. Given our propensity for public engagement as a nation whether in protest or in celebration, ritual, ceremony or party, the notion of public art does not have to be artificially inseminated. However, challenges of urbanization and the development of cities have both inspired and disillusioned public artists. How does a simple act of art making survive in a public space of little reward? How do artists negotiate these structures? How can artists create without fear of harassment, especially if it is in the interests of shaping and developing this engagement?

“The inspiration for the conference is borne out of the myriad possibilities for representation of and engagement with, a public freshly re-configured and continually morphing, in accordance with shifts in densities, identity markings and spatialities,” said Jay Pather, GIPCA director. “The disillusionment has arrived from the difficulties in negotiating bureaucracies that are mainly wrapped up in regulating public space as a backdrop for commercial interests,” he added.

The programme for the day will include the following:

08h30 Tea/Coffee
09h00–10h15 Panel 1: International and national perspectives and initiatives: Divine Fuh (Fellow, African Centre for Cities), Joseph Galyard (VANSA), Stephen Hobbs (Trinity Session), Sharon Lewis (Johannesburg Development Agency).
10h15- 10h30 Tea/Coffee
10h30-11h30 Panel 2: Perspectives on Cape Town: Zayd Minty (Creative Cape Town), Roger van Wyk, Councillor Grant Pascoe (or Representative), Brian Heydenrych (PANSA), Ricky Lee Gordon (Word of Art).
11h30-12h30 Discussion with all Panelists: Chair: Michelle Constant (CEO Business and Arts South Africa)

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.