Cork as canvas : exploring intersections of citizenship and collective memory in the Shandon Big Wash Up murals

Grant-Smith, Deanna & Matthews, Tony (2015) Cork as canvas : exploring intersections of citizenship and collective memory in the Shandon Big Wash Up murals. Community Development Journal, 50(1), pp. 138-152.

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Urban space has the potential to shape people's experience and understanding of the city and of the culture of a place. In some respects, murals and allied forms of wall art occupy the intersection of street art and public art; engaging, and sometimes, transforming the urban space in which they exist and those who use it. While murals are often conceived as a more ‘permanent’ form of painted art there has been a trend in recent years towards more deliberately transient forms of wall art such as washed-wall murals and reverse graffiti. These varying forms of public wall art are embedded within the fabric of the urban space and history. This paper will explore the intersection of public space, public art and public memory in a mural project in the Irish city of Cork. Focussing on the washed-wall murals of Cork's historic Shandon district, we explore the sympathetic and synergetic relationship of this wall art with the heritage architecture of the built environment and of the murals as an expression of and for the local community, past and present. Through the Shandon Big Wash Up murals we reflect on the function of participatory public art as an explicit act of urban citizenship which works to support community-led re-enchantment in the city through a reconnection with its past.

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ID Code: 70959
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Citizenship, Collective Memory, Urban Space, Art
DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsu030
ISSN: 0010-3802
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 05 May 2014 05:16
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2015 21:04

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