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Thursday, September 20 • 3:05pm - 3:10pm
What happens when the public is not a monolithic audience?

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Judith Lovell (Charles Darwin University), Kathleen Wallace (Charles Darwin University), Al Strangeways (Charles Darwin University)

This session illuminates a public engagement initiative called Monumental: in a small town way that transformed how some of its audience engaged with a donated public artwork (2010) in Alice Springs. Installing a 'founding father'-type statue (white man, gun in hand), without the 'due process' of the Public Arts Committee could be described as flaunting our region's love of informality. Our subsequent engagement (2017) of a public audience initiated 20 arts-based responses to the man, story, and statue. Their images tell of a public engagement initiative linking realist philosophy and arts processes, and a subsequent transformation of our understanding of evaluating public engagement initiatives.

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Evylyn Brophy

Associate Director, Urbis
I am passionate about helping others strengthen their evaluation capabilities. I work with program deliverers across sectors – including crime prevention, education, regional development, and primary health – to help develop capacity to measure their own impact, and enhance the... Read More →

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Judith Lovell

Senior Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University
Dr Judith Lovell is a Senior Research Fellow with the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Part of the Northern Institute at CDU in Alice Springs, Judy’s current research interests include healthy and strong inland societies in central Australia. How can public art... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 3:05pm - 3:10pm AEST
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