HKBU hosts International Award for Public Art honouring art in public spheres
21 Mar 2017
The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) jointly organised the Third International Award for Public Art (IAPA) and a two-day international conference with The Institute for Public Art on 18-19 March. The awards honour outstanding public art projects which display art-led urbanism, place-making, community building and social practice.
This year, 140 case studies of art-led place making from around the globe were reviewed. Out of these case studies, 37 projects were shortlisted. Of these, one project from each continent was recognised by the jurors as worthy of the highest commendation. The seven most highly commended projects were: If you were to work here (Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand), Urban Historical Housing Renewal (Dazhalan and BaiTasi, Beijing, China), Gavkhouni Wetland (Isfahan, Iran), Théatre Source (Douala, Cameroon), Superkilen (Copenhagen, Denmark), Pimp My Carroça (São Paulo, Brazil), and Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (New Orleans, USA). The winners were announced at a prize-giving dinner on 17 March, and an exhibition featuring the seven IAPA award-winning projects was on display at the Kai Tak Gallery of AVA.
Pimp My Carroça, São Paulo, Brazil project was awarded the grand prize for fulfilling aesthetic and social aims equally, and contributing to the sense of place of São Paulo not only through contributing to cleanliness, recycling and sanitation, but also through a new sense of common purpose, connectivity and pride between the workers and other citizens.
IAPA is a global search for the most outstanding public art projects. The IAPA conference was held with the theme of “Art, Place-Making and Resilient Cities” which featured four keynote speeches given under the themes “Social Justice and Place-Making Through Art”, “Art as Urban Metaphor”, “Resilience: Art as Sustainable Change” and “Art and Its Publics – What makes a Successful Public Place?”