Maximising the social and cultural benefits of public art
- The work of Loughborough artists demonstrates the far-reaching social benefits of public art
Leading Loughborough artists are creating art which improves community cohesion, transforms the ways individuals interact in and with public spaces, and builds safer urban environments – demonstrating the far-reaching social benefits of public art.
For many years, they have been involved in projects exploring the relevance and importance of public art in relation to urban regeneration and public engagement.
As well as creating public art, these projects have also shaped new models of participatory art practice – engaging the public in both the decision-making and physical production of the artwork.
notaroundabout – Ashford’s award-winning £15m shared space urban regeneration project – involved accessibility groups and residents who worked with the multi-disciplinary design team to ensure that the initiative met local needs whilst providing an attractive, safe space for vehicles and pedestrians.
Futurology: The Black Country 2024 teamed artists with young people to explore their area’s economic, political and social conditions in order to consider the potential for change.
Both projects have demonstrably impacted the cultural and social life of the people and places involved.
In the notaroundabout shared space, accidents resulting in personal injuries and involving pedestrians have dropped by 50% and 83%, respectively
Ashford’s redevelopment has stimulated economic growth in the town
Potential for change
Futurology transformed the way young people involved think about their area and the potential for change
Presenting the outcomes of Futurology and notaroundabout has influenced public policy debates.