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  • Public Art Spaces

    Public art turns up in our world to claim part of the streets.

    Beautifying or challenging our ideas, art is always controversial.

    Watch the videos and answer the questions to find out more about public art in Melbourne:

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]


    Vault at ACCA

    Questions:

    • What are some of the reasons that art might be moved or removed?
    • Why do you think there can be controversy and anger with public art?

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    Larry La Trobe

    Questions:

    • In what ways can people interact with public artworks emotionally, physically or mentally?
    • Think of examples of public art that people can interact with, such as the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr in Melbourne?

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    Activities

    Explore

    What are some of the issues that an artist might experience when their piece of public artwork is moved? Read about Anna Minardo’s experience and discuss the famous controversy surrounding Ron Robertson-Swann’s Vault (also known as the Yellow Peril) in the 1980s.

    Create

    Create a short film that demonstrates the relationship or connection between public art, its environment and the community. Use a range of interesting shots, angles or even time lapse techniques to show people engaging with the art work over the course of a day.

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]

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    About ACMI Education

    Screen and digital literacy play a critical role in empowering the creative and learning capacity of young people. At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), we’re inspiring a new generation of moving image makers.

    Our Education team delivers unique, curriculum-focused programs for students and teachers, including film screenings, talks, workshops and exhibition tours. Programs outlined are conducted within our cinemas, studios and exhibition spaces, including our permanent exhibition Screen Worlds, and the Australian Mediatheque.

    Visit the ACMI Education Page for information on programs and learning resources.

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