The Failure of Participation 1: Good Failures – projects and infrastructures




This day-long event aims to explore this subject productively and give space to reflect on our current infrastructure for funding, commissioning and delivering public and participatory artwork, and where ‘failure’ fits into that process: Must these projects always succeed? How can we value the learning that comes from failure? Are we too afraid to admit failures for fear of economic censure? How do we define ‘success’ and is it ok if we do not achieve that?

We will discuss these questions - and more - in a safe and discreet context, hoping to identify gaps that complicate the relationships between commissioners, artists, and organisations in order to start a conversation about this sensitive issue, and look afresh at our infrastructures that support participatory and public arts 

We are seeking funders, commissioners, artists, practitioners, academics, theorists, organisations and participants who are not afraid to discuss the failure of participatory/public art projects.

Tickets cost £30 and cover refreshments and lunch, as well as the day of speakers/workshop. Only 25 spaces are available for the first event - for information, please contact

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Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University Campus Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU
Date & Time Start 13 May 2019
9:00am End 13 May 2019
Cost £30.00 per person
Fully Booked