May 18 -20, 2017, Toronto, Canada

Public art is contentious. It straddles expectations ranging from traditional to temporary, monument to site, community-based to corporate. In the increasingly diverse, connected and yet fractious world we live in, what is public art’s relationship to issues ranging from economic disparity to environmental uncertainty, cultural inclusivity to political unrest?

This symposium will endeavor to produce practical outcomes through an examination of the following: how public art is being made and the agency of curation, audience and criticality in public art; how can commissioning more accurately reflect contemporary visual arts practices, and the present state of contemporary art; and what might public art and its processes look like in the future?