This month our theme was ‘Public Space’ for our monthly Artist Educators After Hours network.
We introduced two new artists from our growing network to present their work around public space, artists Helena Roden and Dominic Madden.
Helena presented her practice in response to the challenges around people’s notions and perceptions of what public art is, and raised the issue of artist’s working in the public realm often being given responsibility to ‘solve social ills’ or rectify architect’s and developer’s design problems.
Dominic presented a mural project he was working on at an East London community centre. Again we discussed the challenges, this time around involving all members of the community from teenagers to the older people’s solitaire club, and whether being ‘prescriptive’ (with colours, paint, drawing etc) was right or wrong.
It was a brilliant session and just showed how much the network is developing as a real platform of support, discussion and critique for artist educators working independently.
From our Artist Educators After Hours network we have already placed 6 artists on freelance projects at Cubitt, and have plans for more!
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Cubitt Education is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We work locally with schools, community centres and groups providing a diverse range of artist-led activities.