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Claire Doherty

Claire Doherty is the director of Arnolfini. Prior to this she was the director of Situations, which she initiated in 2003. In 2009, she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award for outstanding creative entrepreneurs and in 2012, she led Situations to become an independent charity after ten years as part of the University of the West of England. Situations has since sparked transformative arts experiences in unconventional spaces, from Theaster Gates’ Sanctum, a 552-hour long non-stop programme of performance by 700 performers in the ruin of Temple Church, Bristol to Future Library, a 100-year long commissioning programme of writers such as Margaret Atwood contributing secret texts to a future library for Oslo in Norway, twenty One Day Sculptures across five cities of the North and South Islands of New Zealand and the formation of a new island nation, Nowhereisland, for London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad.

She has authored public art strategies for the cities of Oslo, Melbourne and Plymouth, led a national Public Art Now programme for skills and talent development in public art producing, chaired the European Network of Public Art Producers over four years and her publications (such as Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art Now, Situation for MIT Press, Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art and the forthcoming Where Strangers Meet: Arts and the Public Realm for the British Council) have become set texts for curators, artists, and cities across the world.


Events featuring this speaker

Where Strangers Meet – Art in the Public Realm

Claire Doherty, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, David Olusoga, Papa Omotayo, Jay Pather, Beatrice Pembroke

Can participation in arts and cultural experiences in the public realm catalyse change for a society? The panel will consider the changing face of arts in the public realm, bringing experience from their international work.

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20 October 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm Arnolfini

What If? Reimagining the Role of Cultural Institutions as Agencies of Change in Cities

Andrew Barnett, Claire Doherty, Patrick Fox, David Jubb, Sally Tallant, Evie Manning

This session brings together cultural leaders, artists and producers who are testing out new ways of programming, collaborating and effecting change in their cities.

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20 October 2017 10:00am - 1:30pm Arnolfini

Making the City Playable: Where We Play

Claire Doherty, Clorinda Romo, Seiichi Saito, Olamide Udoma-Ejorh

This session examines the relationship between play and protest, and how those creating playful interventions are responding to an increasingly political environment in which public space feels increasingly contested.

£100£50 View event
19 October 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm Watershed