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Art in Public Places: The archive of the PADT, Gallery Response, Henry Moore Institute

1st July, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Henry Moore Institute

A one-off gallery discussion will be led by exhibition curator Stephen Feeke and HMI archivist Claire Sawyer in the company of Public Art Development Trust (PADT) commissioned artists Hannah Collins, Vong Phaophanit, Michael Sandle, and Bill Woodrow.  This event will explore individual experiences of working with the PADT as well as in the field of public commissions more generally.

As one of the first organisations of its kind, the PADT, established in 1983, defined public art in the UK for some twenty years. The archive of the PADT was acquired by the Henry Moore Institute in 2005 and this exhibition traces projects generated by the Trust – realised and unrealised – featuring artists such as Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker and Katarina Fritsch. The material gives a unique insight into the evolution of public art and charts the major shift from permanent bronze and stone figures to temporary interventions, installations and projections. The exhibition also gives a snapshot of how an organisation is represented through its archive, with the complex genesis of sometimes controversial projects played out through ephemeral and documentary material.

Discussion will be in the Mezzanine gallery, alongside the archival material, and will be opened up to the audience for questions and debate.  This talk is free and open to all but space is limited so booking is recommended.  Please contact Kirstie Gregory, [email protected], to book or for more information.