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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Art for Social Spaces > Assignments

Each of the four case studies in ASS has a section headed ‘Questions/Discussion’. Those sections contain ideas to follow up and also, in some case studies, they include suggested activities or tasks for further individual research. Some of those tasks could be extended to be pursued as a module assignment.

Additionally, a selection of suggestions for assignments linked to the module are given below. These more general questions invite you to address the broad themes of the module and apply your ideas across a range of material or to specific examples of your choice. Of course, you will need to utilise the bibliography sections for each case study or look in the Resources section for further research material.

‘The public arena is a political arena.’ Discuss this statement with reference to specific examples of sculpture studied in the module.

Arthur C. Danto commented that good art does not necessarily make good public art. Discuss with reference to public sculpture made or sited between 1945 and 1975.

‘Public sculpture embodies ideologies’. Discuss with reference to the sculpture shown in the Festival of Britain.

Public art forges communities and sustains economic renewal. Examine this statement with reference to historical and contemporary examples.

What constitutes public space?

New patrons provided spaces for new forms of sculpture in the early post-war years. Do you agree?

The emplacement and location of sculpture defines its meaning. Discuss.

To what extent did sculpture placed in the public realm reflect gallery-based sculpture in the period?

Public sculpture is an urban artform. Discuss with reference to work produced for public spaces between 1945 and 1975.

What role did public sculpture play in constructing notions of Britishness? Use examples of work studied to examine the concept of national identity.