We are requesting funding for the appointment of a Campus Public Art Officer for the University on a 12 month contract. Reporting to the Art Collections Curator, this role would be appointed at an important and exciting juncture for the Art Collection and the UoE campus generally. In line with other universities that have an active and innovative public art presence on campus, such as Leeds and Warwick, this role would involve the consolidation and engagement with our current public art on campus. The Officer would lead a project to care for and provide a greater sense of our collections and what they say about the history of the University – this would involve talks, tours and formal teaching.
As well as existing art on campus, what would make this post unique is upcoming projects that will see the first new public art on campus for many years. There is an opportunity to place collections at the centre of conversations that the University is having at a strategic level; about our students' sense of place on campus, what makes our learning environment unique and the University's position within the city itself. Two major public art projects are planned for 2016 that represent exciting opportunities for L&UC. Firstly, a major commission is planned for the newly refurbished McEwan Hall that will be unveiled at the end of 2016. Second, is the reconstruction of the Eduardo Paolozzi murals that were recently gifted by Transport for London. Both of these projects would benefit from a role that sits between L&UC and Estates – providing an important liaison between the two areas. Having a dedicated member of staff would allow us to maximise the potential of both of these exciting projects.