Just art for a just city: Public art and social inclusion in urban regeneration

Joanne Sharp, Venda Pollock, Ronan Paddison

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In this article, it is shown how cultural policy, and in particular public art, intersects with the processes of urban restructuring and how it is a contributor, but also antidote, to the conflict that typically surrounds the restructuring of urban space. The particular focus of the paper is on investigating how public art can be inclusionary/exclusionary as part of the wider project of urban regeneration. The first part of the paper examines examples in which public art intervention has attempted to generate inclusion. Subsequently, attention focuses more on examples in which the public art has been perceived as an aspect of cultural domination and has thus provoked resistance. Throughout, it is argued that the processes through which artworks become installed into the urban fabric are critical to the successful development of inclusion. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Urban Studies (Routledge) is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1001-1023
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number5/6
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • CULTURAL policy,CULTURE,PUBLIC art,Trends in Urbanization and Urban Society,URBAN policy,URBAN renewal

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