The ‘Public Art Survey’ is a project which sets out to question the function of public art. The project was specially commissioned as part of Place Space and Identity, a collaboration led by Arts Council England West Midlands co-funded by Renew North Staffordshire. Over a period of 1 month, starting from 26th January, the people of Hanley, Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme will vote on the question, Does Public Art regenerate social economy? Banners will be hung in empty retail shops in both locations asking people to vote via their mobile phone. After the voting and when results have been compiled Hanley’s results will be shown in Newcastle under Lyme and Newcastle under Lyme’s will be shown in Hanley as billboard posters.
At present Stoke on Trent and its surrounding areas are going through social and economic regeneration. The aim of Place Space Identity I feel is to initiate artist led regeneration and to create an art community through public art. The work that I have produced sets out to question this notion and to establish whether public art can be at the forefront of social change.
Questions are raised about the amount of investment spent on public art projects and this project was no exception. The Sentinel, Stoke on Trent’s local paper, held their own poll asking people to vote if the money spent on public art projects was a waste? Yes or no? The results are yet to be published.
To vote you MUST live in Hanley, Stoke on Trent or Newcastle under Lyme.
Does Public Art regenerate local economy?
A) Strongly agree
C) Don’t know
E) Strongly disagree
-If you live in Hanley TEXT ‘Han’ plus A, B, C, D or E to 80039
-If you live in Newcastle under Lyme TEXT ‘New’ plus A, B, C, D or E to 80039
-Standard text messaging rates apply.
-Voting ENDS on Tue 26 Feb 2008.
Billboard showing the results will be presented on Mon 10 Mar 2008 at Marsh Street, Hanley and at Newcastle Road opposite Newcastle Lane, Newcastle under Lyme.
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