Public art and the peace-process in Northern Ireland

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This talk is the outcome of a research examining the social impact of public art on the peaceprocess in Northern Ireland through the Reimaging Communities Programme. It aims to enhace the understanding of the forces at play in a society coming out of conflict and the main problems of integrating artworks, place-making and social policies within community initiatives.

This conference, organized by the School of social sciences of the University of Geneva, stands at the intersection of these scientific agendas, is about the work of images in public space. Advertisements and political posters, statues, portraits; giant screens, or projections; artistic installations, and street art; photographic exhibitions, etc.: indeed, images of all kinds, exercising very diverse functions, proliferate in public spaces.

To what extent do these images affect, create, or transform the places, actors and practices with which they are associated? How are images created with, and in, public space? What symbolic, social and political stakes does their presence hold? The conference will revolve around these questions, which have hardly been explored, yet are important for both visual and urban studies.
Period19 Jan 2017
Event titleQue font les images dans l’espace public? What do images do in public space?
Event typeConference
Conference numbern/a
LocationGeneva, SwitzerlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • public art
  • community engagement
  • community psychology
  • art history
  • Art and Peace-building
  • art education
  • shared authorship