Who’s Afraid of Public Space?

Sat 4th December, 2021 – Sun 20th March, 2022
111 Sturt Street Southbank
A look at the contested nature of public space and how it evolves.

ACCA is exploring concepts of public space – including who is it for, and what constitutes public life and culture – in a new exhibition, Who’s Afraid of Public Space?. From December 4 to March 20, Who’s Afraid of Public Space? will include artist projects, installations and ‘interventions’ extended across Melbourne – think billboards, public squares, carparks, housing developments and suburban shopfronts. The exhibition continues ACCA’s Big Picture series, which interrogates the relationship between contemporary art and wider social, cultural and political contexts.

The exhibition will include a series of satellite exhibitions in collaboration with arts organisations like Abbotsford Convent, Arts Project Australia, Blak Dot Gallery, Bus Projects, Chunky Move, City of Melbourne, Footscray Community Arts, Metro Tunnel Creative Program and Testing Grounds. ACCA will open its four galleries up to the public for free, showing art alongside gathering, education and common rooms that will provide a space for conversation and reflection.

Created by a diverse group of collaborators and partners, Who’s Afraid of Public Space? animates discussions around urban design, surveillance and gentrification, in a time when we’ve never thought more deeply about the way our cities operate.

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