The Art Trust's Big Art Debate
Can the Public be Trusted to Choose Public Art? – The Art Fund's Big Art debate at the RSA
Chair: Jon Snow. Panelists: Jonathan Jones – art critic for The Guardian, Munira Mirza – Cultural Adviser to the Mayor of London, Grayson Perry – Turner Prize winning artist, Andrew Shoben – greyworld.
Art for our public spaces is chosen by 'experts' and committees. The public rarely has a say in what goes where. So should the public choose public art? What would happen if they did?
The vote at the end of the Art Fund's heated Big Art debate, hosted by the RSA Arts and Ecology Project on 20 May 2009, showed that opinion in the audience had not changed significantly from a show of hands at the beginning. Slightly more were in favour of the motion than against it, but opinion hinged on the timing and nature of the public's involvement. View video extracts from the debate below.
The full debate can be downloaded as an audio file at the RSA's website.