brokering Art in public spaces

by Editor-in-Chief, Brendon Bell Roberts, Art Africa Magazine, Cape Town, South Africa
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Art In Public and Hotel Spaces

The ‘UNFOLD Art XChange’ talks program which hosted its inaugural edition in Dubai in March 2018 brought together leading professionals in the fields of art, real estate and the built environment. The discussion around brokering art in public and hotel spaces happened over the first two days during its Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and The Built Environment that kicked off with a keynote address by Theresa  Sweetland, Executive Director of Forecast Public Art, and Publisher of Public Art Review Magazine. Theresa explored the current trends and examined critical issues facing artists, public agencies, program managers, city planners, educators, developers and others who comprise the constellation of public art stakeholders in our contemporary society.

The first day’s programme was around Public Art and included panel discussions on ‘Percent for Art Program’, ‘Inspiring and Building Better Communities, ‘Art Meets Architecture’, and ‘Placemaking and Urban Spaces’. The second day's programme revolved around Hospitality Art and included panel discussions on 'Hotel XChange', 'Redefining Spaces', 'Cultural Game Changer', 'Art, Architecture & Design' and two one-on-one interviews with Steve Wilson, Co-Founder 21c Museum Hotels on reinvigorating and challenging the traditional standards of hospitality and Marcello Cabezas, Artistic Producer, macIDeas on reimagining the role of spaces with a case study on stackt and East Harbour Project in Toronto.

Click Here to download press release and read more below on a series of interviews conducted.

During UNFOLD Art XChange, ART AFRICA did a series of interviews with the following speakers:

Marcello Cabezas, an award winning producer, culture curator and placemaker spoke on placemaking and the development of urban spaces to enhance human connection and mindfulness READ MORE

Theresa Sweetland, Executive Director of the non-profit organisation Forecast Public Arts based in St Paul, Minnesota spoke on Forecast Public Arts being at the fore of supporting public art projects and making art accessible again READ MORE