Public Art Commission

Public Art Commission is a research initiative at Deakin University focused on the curation, scholarship, delivery and analysis of publicly funded and commissioned arts projects.

Led by Professor David Cross and Professor Katya Johanson, PAC brings together two strands: the Commission itself – which offers both production and reflection expertise; and Cultural Impact Projects – which brings evaluation and reflection to identify the impact of arts initiatives on the public. Collectively, the team, including Associate Professor Cameron Bishop, Professor Hilary Glow, and Research Fellow Ilana Russel, deliver leading-edge artistic and curatorial projects and publications, and consultancy work locally and internationally.

PAC draws on the expertise of key Deakin researchers, HDR candidates and external research fellows to drive new thinking about art in public places and the ways that arts engage the public. At a time when art produced outside of galleries, museums and theatres is continually expanding its form and value, transforming both public and private spheres, governments and organisations alike are seeking specialist knowledge to markedly improve community ties and to help determine the role art can and should play in shaping our environment. Our expert and multi-skilled organisation leads practice, dialogue and advocacy in public art and investigates what happens in the moments in which art meets the public.