Working Together: Tracing the Making of Public Art as Part of Regeneration Practice

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Abstract

A pragmatist study of art in regeneration, this article contributes a nuanced understanding of how art works as an ingredient of regeneration practice. To ameliorate post-industrial decline, commissioning art has become part of the work of the planner. In planning studies art is usually accounted for as completed artworks in relation to socio-economic agendas. But what of the effects produced in their making? Inspired by Actor-Network Theory, by tracing associations between human and non-human actors I reveal art as part of the translation process of regeneration. Drawing on a one-year ethnography of a regeneration office in North East England, I describe how art mediates collaboration with and in planning practice as a catalyst for professionals to re-consider their professional remit anew.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-96
JournalAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

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