Call for Abstracts: Art and public space / Arte e Spazio Pubblico
Deadline: 15th November 2021

Organised by Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali, the study days under the theme “Art and public space / Arte e Spazio Pubblico” will take place on 24th, 25th, and 31st January and 1st and 11th February 2022. Therefore a call for abstracts was now launched.

“Speaking about art and public space means focusing the discussion on critical and interrogative reflections to reformulate concepts, terminologies and settings while at the same time opening towards new scenarios as regards the processes of defining, designing, and developing artistic practices on the territory.

In this perspective, the aim is to encourage a debate over ideas, models, methods and practices that are experimental, critical, and innovative, capable of activating sustainable development strategies while elaborating non-stereotyped codes for reading the specific characteristics of each place. Significant, then, are the approaches founded upon knowledge of territories and communities, participation, and a long-term, time-oriented planning, that intercept the territory’s contextual dimension while dialoguing with memory and traces of lived experience and anticipating the evolutions taking place in each setting. In this sense, mediation is one of the main elements in play, because artistic intervention, especially when carried out in planning terms that are complex and with long-range timing, enters into contact with the territory’s complexity.

As a complement to the implementation process, it is also appropriate to identify adequate models, systems and knowledge tools for the documentation of projects and valid methodologies for the conservation of artworks in public spaces, always considering their specific temporal nature (ephemeral or permanent).

The study days also intend to accommodate and develop proposals connected to the governance of art projects in the public space in all phases of the process: from legal-administrative procedures to models of policy in place locally and nationally – with comparison on a European and international level – aimed at facilitating the planning of the artistic intervention, up to the reference regulations in force and possible reformulations.

It is an invitation, then, to work on models and proposals, in light of the current changes of creative processes and of the spaces of action for artists in contemporary society.

The proposed contributions should address, also through the presentation of case studies, analyses, investigations, models, methodologies and in-depth studies, one or more of the following themes:

  • Relationship between past and present.
  • Participation.
  • Planning as a multidisciplinary and integrated process.
  • Juridical-normative aspects and policy models.
  • Tools of knowledge and sharing.
  • Conservation of artworks in the public space.”

The abstracts (max 2000 characters, including spaces, in Italian or English), accompanied by a short bio (max 1300 characters, including spaces), are to be sent using the form available at by no later than 15 November 2021.

Full Call for abstracts
More information at Fondazione Scuola’s website