After the Courtship, is the love lost?….The engagement of art and architecture in Queensland’s Art Built-in

Jay Younger
2009 Conference

Queensland public art, and specifically the public art produced under Art Built-in, has been seen to be ‘dumbed down’ with a preference for art in the public domain that is not critically-engaged. The government client-commissioner within the supposedly democratic art-by-committee process often expects the artwork to represent government values and to be content-free and risk-free with the intention of avoiding controversy. With the demise of Art Built-In in 2006, Arts Queensland has put in place a new strategy – ‘art + place’. In terms of criticality in public art practice—has Queensland public art improved? In this paper, case study projects commissioned by the Department of Justice and Attorney General will be reviewed to provide a critical analysis of the development in Queensland’s government-commissioned public art

Download Full text PDF (1.76 MB)

About the author

Jay Younger is a practising artist, curator and writer. Her research interests focus on the body, gender and space, and find form in photomedia, public art and site-specific installation.

A survey exhibition of Jay’s works entitled Glare was held at the University of Queensland Art Museum in December 2002 and a significant monograph on her practice was launched on this occasion. Jay has been awarded Australia Council artist residencies in New York, Florence and Manila. In 1993, she was awarded the Arts Queensland Creative Fellowship. Jay’s artworks are exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in the Australian National Gallery, the ArtGallery of South Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery. Jay is currently completing PhD studies in the arena of art in public spaces.