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Research and creation: Socially-engaged art in The City of Richgate Project

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Combining research and art in the public sphere can have an enormous impact on urban societies. In places like Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, where over the past decades globalization has radically altered the social landscape, new approaches to public art and modes of representation can begin to reflect complex individual everyday experiences in a way that census statistics and traditional public monuments cannot. In this article, The City of Richgate, a four-year research/creation project funded by a pilot programme for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, will be described and discussed in relation to contemporary art criticism and discourse. Specifically, debates between critics Claire Bishop and Grant Kester will be used to reflect on Richgate, and how aesthetics play a part in socially-engaged public art projects such as this one.
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Keywords: aesthetics and activism; community; contemporary art and theory; identity; public space; research/creation methodology; socially-engaged art; transnational cities

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 2: University of British Columbia.

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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