Using art installations as action research: engaging children and communities in evaluating and redesigning city centre public spaces

Percy-Smith, B. and Carney, C. (2011) Using art installations as action research: engaging children and communities in evaluating and redesigning city centre public spaces. Educational Action Research, 19 (1). pp. 23-29. ISSN 0965-0792

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2011.547406

Abstract

This paper discusses learning from a project that set out to explore how the general public perceived the value of public art in the context of urban regeneration of a city centre space. Whilst not set up explicitly as an action research project the paper discusses the way in which participatory public art projects of this kind can be understood and valued as action research processes. The paper is set within contemporary debates about urban development and new genre public art and was deliberately set up to challenge and interrupt conventional ‘ways of seeing’ about urban design and redevelopment and so provide a different context – a creative action space - for public involvement. The project focused particularly on the role of children and how playfulness and the input from children might activate alternative possibilities for imagining urban space as a key element to a ‘liveable’ urban realm. The paper discusses different levels of learning that arose from people’s experience and engagement with the installation and draws conclusions about the role of art in urban regeneration.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Children, art installations, public art, engagement, urban regeneration, action research
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:11371
Deposited By: Dr B. Percy-Smith
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 09:20
Last Modified:19 Aug 2014 13:45

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