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A Public of Sorts

In February 2007, UHC embarked on a 12-month research project into the audience for contemporary radical art in Manchester.

The project engaged with existing art audiences in Manchester, as well as encouraging dialogue between UHC and non-art-going audiences. The research also included several provocative art interventions in public spaces.

A Public of Sorts resulted in the publication of a hand-made, limited edition report, written and designed by UHC and produced by artist Lucy May Schofield. The 57-page report draws together findings based on interviews, public surveys, consultation sessions and a series of seminars with artists, art professionals and community activists.

A Public of Sorts explores questions relating to art, the city and the concepts of public. The terms and nature of contested public space in cities continues to inform UHC’s practice.

Funded by Arts Council England