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Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public. (2009)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2009. Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public. Presented at Public and participative art: performance in everyday life, 14-15 December 2009, Helsinki, Finland.

Jacobs argues that economies follow the same rules as ecological systems. They behave in the same way as systems in nature: as dynamic systems of interdependency. The core of Jacobs' argument is energy, whether it is manifest in ecological systems or... Read More about Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public..

The artistic turn: a manifesto. (2009)
Book
COESSENS, K., CRISPIN, D. and DOUGLAS, A. 2009. The artistic turn: a manifesto. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

Despite innovative developments in research in-and-through the arts in the past decade, the emergent field of artistic research remains controversial, and is accepted with varying degrees of enthusiasm in academic institutions. It is our contention t... Read More about The artistic turn: a manifesto..

Artist as leader. (2008)
Digital Artefact
DAVIE, E. 2008. Artist as leader. [Video recording]. Edinburgh: Edinburgh College of Art.

Artist as Leader posed the questions: "what does leadership mean to artists," and "can artists be leaders?" The research formed a partnership between Performing Arts Labs, London, Cultural Enterprise Office, Glasgow and the Cultural Leadership Founda... Read More about Artist as leader..

Research: knowledge and method: reflections on Helen Mayer Harrison, Newton Harrison and David Haley's practice. (2008)
Presentation / Conference
FREMANTLE, C., DOUGLAS, A. and HALEY, D. 2008. Research: knowledge and method: reflections on Helen Mayer Harrison, Newton Harrison and David Haley's practice. Presented at a Bright Sparks seminar, 2008, London, UK.

This paper is by way of an initial attempt to articulate a set of thoughts that are still emergent. These thoughts are concerned with artists working in public life. They are concerned with the form of research that artists do. They are concerned wit... Read More about Research: knowledge and method: reflections on Helen Mayer Harrison, Newton Harrison and David Haley's practice..

Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. (2008)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2008. Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 5 (SK5): questioning qualities, 2008, Bergen, Norway.

Our research is concerned with the changing nature of public art. We work with the experience of making art, drawing on articulations of process developed by artists themselves as well as theorists and historians. We also create interventions with ot... Read More about Breaking through the aesthetics of public art..

Working in public: art, practice and policy [online]. (2007)
Digital Artefact
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Working in public: art, practice and policy [online]. Available from http://www.workinginpublicseminars.org/

The partners for this project were Suzanne Lacy, Public Art Resource + Research Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council and On the Edge together with the four venues in the four major Scottish cities, The Foyer (Aberdeen), CCA (Glasgow), University of th... Read More about Working in public: art, practice and policy [online]..

The artist as leader: constructing a national network to support research into the creative competencies of the artist as cultural leader. (2007)
Report
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. The artist as leader: constructing a national network to support research into the creative competencies of the artist as cultural leader. In Arts and Humanities Research Council, Annual report and accounts, 2006-07. London: TSO [online], page 14. Available from: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/d...report-accounts/2006-07

This case study describes how the author is constructing a national network to support research to encourage and enable artists as future leaders.

Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection. In Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection, 19-20 June 2007, Inverness, UK [online]. Available from https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-3

In embarking on Working in Public, we started out with an implicit assumption that criteria for judging quality in art in the gallery and museum were widely understood and broadly agreed, whereas quality of art in the public sphere was less well unde... Read More about Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection..

Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection, 19-20 June 2007, Inverness, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-3

We explored some of the ethical and artistic implications of veiwing the idea of public as a living process of forming of different publics in response to specefic circumstances and through discrete modes of address. How might ethics be judged in the... Read More about Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection..

Representation and power: a critical reflection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Representation and power: a critical reflection. In Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power, 22-23 May 2007, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-2

The thematic area - Power and Representation emerged in our discussions with Suzanne Lacy as an issue that framed tensions within the Oakland projects' specifically, as well having relevance beyond Oakland. These tensions included the artist's role i... Read More about Representation and power: a critical reflection..

Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power, 22-23 May 2007, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-2

This seminar explored power in relation to the authority of the artist, institutional authority and authority as individual. In each of these situations the issue of representation was closely linked to how power might be taken and used to develop ne... Read More about Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power..

Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary. In Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public, 27-28 March 2007, Aberdeen, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/seminar-1

The hunch behind Working in Public is that art now exists in the public sphere in unprecedented ways. Working in Public aims therefore to open up greater uncertainty in what we think art is and to provoke more thoughtful and creative responses to wha... Read More about Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary..

Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public, 27-28 March 2007, Aberdeen, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/seminar-1

The seminar drew discussion through a range of questions: How we might determine what is art and what is not art? When and where is it appropriate for the artist to speak for others? When art is camouflaged in every day activity, how might we underst... Read More about Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public..

Research papers: leading through practice. (2007)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. (eds.) 2007. Research papers: leading through practice. a-n magazine [online], 2007(3), supplement. Available from: https://www.a-n.co.uk/t...ading-through-practice.

Artist as Leader is a programme that aims to understand the ways artists lead through their practice with a view to informing and developing a critical understanding of the role of creativity in culture. There are two complimentary parts to the Artis... Read More about Research papers: leading through practice..

When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework. (2006)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2006. When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework. Presented at the Creative rural industries conference: the arts and rural regeneration, 10-13 September 2006, Lancaster, UK.

Ian Hunter, in the "New Rural Arts Strategy", provides us with a framework for thinking about regeneration, by drawing deeply from rural culture - both its traditions as well as the challenges that are posed to it by social, cultural and environmenta... Read More about When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework..

'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. (2006)
Thesis
DELDAY, H. 2006. 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research proposes and develops a critical framework - a 'matrix' to make sense of the artistic process from the practitioner's perspective. It draws from the research of de Certeau into everyday culture and the art historical discourse of Bourri... Read More about 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday..

An ecology of practice in the everyday: leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile. (2005)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2005. An ecology of practice in the everyday: leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 2 (SK2): aesthetic practice and aesthetic insight, November 2005, Bergen, Norway.

This paper reviews the projects that fed into the On the Edge research programme between 2001-2004.

On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland. (2005)
Book Chapter
DOUGLAS, A. 2005. On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland. In Miles, M. and Hall, T. (eds.) Interventions: art in the public sphere. Advances in art and urban features, 4. Bristol: Intellect, pages 89-106.

This case study is a programme of five visual art projects in Northern Scotland with five regional partners that have come about through a research framework. It demonstrates aspects of the dynamic of intervention largely focused by conversation betw... Read More about On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland..

Maakin Lab [online]. (2004)
Digital Artefact
MAAKIN LAB. 2004. Maakin Lab [online]. Available from: http://www.maakinlab.org/

The Maakin Lab project was developed in partnership with the Shetland College Department of Textiles and Design, On the Edge research and artist Susan Benn of PAL. The research challenge offered up by the project partners was how to revalue tradition... Read More about Maakin Lab [online]..

How might we revalue traditional ways of making? (2004)
Book
DOUGLAS, A. 2004. How might we revalue traditional ways of making? A research project revaluing Shetland knitting. Essay accompanying Douglas, A. (ed.) Maakin Lab. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

The Maakin Lab project was developed in partnership with the Shetland College Department of Textiles and Design, On the Edge research and artist Susan Benn of PAL. The research challenge offered up by the project partners was how to revalue tradition... Read More about How might we revalue traditional ways of making?.