The Academy Goes Public!
13 – 18 August 2012
For one week participants of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project Summer Academy worked with artists and curators to learn more about public art. Taking inspiration from the current Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, Powerless Structure Fig.101, the participants created their own temporary monuments at four distinct sites across London, working with artists Joanna Brinton, Sebastian Lloyd Rees, Stuart Middleton and Samara Scott.
These works of public art sought to challenge the authority of traditional public sculpture and give these young artists a visible platform to celebrate, recognise and explore their own interests in public and contemporary art. The week culminated in a Routemaster bus tour of all four venues on Saturday 18 August led by the young people.
The Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project is an arts and education initiative led by the South London Gallery in partnership with Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Whitechapel Gallery.
Photo: Richard Eaton