As both art and public are incredibly contested and fluid terms it seems better to un/define and explore them through practical doing. However, Public as a relationship (of more than one previously unrelated person) and art as an activity (of imaginative creative processes) seem to form the basis of my understanding.
Public and Art bring to mind terms like outside(r) and inside(r), so to release fixed definitions I prefer to imagine and configure expanding and contracting formulations of these terms in relation to process, people and contexts.
public/art = insideoutsidein x outsideinsideout?
Dan Shipsides, 2009
Dan Shipsides is an artist / Researcher / Lecturer. He is co-leader of the MA Art in Public School of Art and Design / Interface University of Ulster.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.