Clay Town: Art in Public Spaces

This is a short survey which is part of developing a public art action plan for Clay Town, a vision of a creative future covering the regeneration area of St Austell town, St Austell Bay and the China Clay villages.

Clay Town aims to celebrate the heritage and local culture of china clay and use creativity to make it a big part of its future, part of making a better place to live, work and visit.

In particular we want to know how you think creative people like artists, designers and craftspeople could contribute to public spaces. Up until recently this contribution was limited to what has been called “public art”, largely associated with recognisable official civic monuments or memorials to famous people.  In recent years though public art has become much more diverse and is described as the process of artists being creative with public spaces.

Art in public can be permanent features in the public realm - for example creating gathering spaces, designing street furniture or designing the landscape - or temporary events - for example a performance for visitors, GPS located digital artworks and even graffiti.

Click here to read the full Clay Town prospectus

* 1. The culture of china clay should be at the heart of regeneration plans for the area

* 2. Supporting local creative industries is important for the future of the area

* 3. Artists, designers and craftspeople have an important role to play in making interesting public spaces

* 4. Artists, designers and craftspeople have an important role to play in animating public spaces with unusual events

* 5. Local authorities and the public sector should allow for art and design as part of plans for new developments.

* 6. Local authorities and the public sector should allow for art and design as part of managing existing facilities and delivering services.

* 7. Developers and the private sector should allow for art and design as part of plans for new development.

* 8. The priority sites for art projects in the area should be...

* 9. The priority themes for art projects in public space should be...

* 10. We’d love to know what public art is already in the area, or has taken place in the past - please tell here us here about memorable public art/art events (small or large, temporary or permanent) ?

* 11. Are there any other specific places in the area that would benefit from enhancement with temporary or permanent art projects ?

* 12. We’d also love to know about any current plans or ideas you have for art projects in public space in the area ?

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