Claudia Zeiske: The Art of Dwelling

A one-day conference exploring long-term approaches to public art & place

April 21 2015, MADE, Birmingham

In recent years the landscape of public art commissioning in the UK has undergone profound change. Linked to the regeneration of post-industrial places during the last decade, funding for public art has diminished as the effects of the recession and austerity politics have taken hold. Meanwhile, in response to what many perceive as the widespread instrumentalisation of art within urban policy, artists and curators have begun to develop new methods of producing and articulating the value of public art, which are predicated on collaboration, critical reflection, intervention and the development of long-term relationships with a place.

Building on the themes and questions raised by Subplots to a City The Art of Dwelling examined the role of public art within the post-regeneration age. Bringing together artists, curators and commissioners from across the UK, this one-day conference focused on the significance of working in a place for a sustained period of time. Taking the notion of ‘dwelling’ as a starting point for discussions, it examined the motivations and methods of long-term, situated approaches to public art, and the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities these entail.

Claudia Zeiske

Claudia Zeiske is a curator and cultural activist who has gained her experience in arts management over many years through working both in the UK and internationally.

Since coming to Scotland in 1995 she has collaborated with many smaller and larger organisations across Scotland including the National Galleries of Scotland/Duff House, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Peacock visual arts, and the Royal Scottish Academy. She is co-founder and Director of Deveron Arts and has set up the acclaimed Artists at Glenfiddich programme in rural Speyside. Further she has acted as project agent for some internationally renowned artists.

Claudia developed a unique curatorial interest based on a balanced approach between artistic criticality and community involvement through developing projects with artists from across the globe. Today she is concentrating on the development of Deveron Arts as an international residency center where the town is the venue rather than a gallery or arts center. To summarize this work and methodology she has recently co-written the book ARTocracy (Jovis, Berlin 2010).

More lately she has taken her passion of walking to new realms on the threshold between art and walking, through the foundation of The Walking Institute. Claudia is a keen hillwalker and munro bagger. She has lived in a number of countries across Europe and further afield, speaks seven languages and now lives in Huntly a small market town in rural Aberdeenshire.

Click here to visit the Deveron Arts website

Click here to visit The Walking Institute website