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Do you think local artists or outsiders should be commissioned to create public art in this region? November 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — pokadotstripe8 @ 11:38 am

I believe that public art should represent the beliefs issues and joint construction of the public and therefore think local artists should be considered before outsiders to create works for their community.


Hoffie (1998) suggests that local artists are essential in planning areas that mean something to the community; they are better positioned to understand the subtleties and nuances of an area in contrast to an outsider, who may be reduced to stereotypes and generalisations in their portrayal of a place.


Using local artists to capture the local community also seems to make economic sense and positions the local artist well instead of inferior to the outside artist.


BUT … a community should not turn their back on outside artists completely their input could be valuable and along with community input could be very refreshing to a communities identity.



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