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Of Public Interest

What we call “public space”—and the activities that occur within it—are increasingly surveilled, politicized, and privatized. What does this mean when public spaces have throughout history served as important sites in shaping how, when, and where people relate to each other within a society? What role does art have within these spaces?

For a long time art in public space has had a reputation of being large scale, mostly decorative objects placed outdoors. Yet if we recognize and explore the changes that are occurring in public space, and marry that with emphasizing the knowledge, methods, and values that art and related practices create, then we enter into a far more interesting, and consequential arena for both art and public space.

As artist Sharon Hayes has said, “Anything that happens in Public Space actually happens.”

The course will focus on artistic values and practice-based thinking/making as a means to explore the significant role art can have within the realm of public space. To take a seat at this table is a complex task when faced with various regulations, public policies, profit-driven interests, as well as differing goals, attitudes and aesthetics. Participants will consider, discuss and work on actual projects in order to gain knowledge from experience in dealing with the complexities of making work for and in the public.

Practical information

Second cycle, 60 credits, 100%
Language: English
Course coordinator: Jonas Dahlberg
Starts: September 1, 2020
Ends: June 6, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Master’s degree in art, architecture or other related field
Prior learning gained through other relevant education and professional experience.


Letter of motivation, CV and portfolio with work samples. We particularly welcome applicants with strong artistic integrity, critical thinking skills, and an interest in developing projects in a multidisciplinary environment with peer-to-peer pedagogy.


The last registration date was May 5, 2020.