Memorials are intrinsically linked to a vision of the past and our relationship to the history of a particular territory. Can we find a more imaginative, nuanced way of making memorials? What if memorials were used as opportunities to speculate on future alternatives and scenarios rather than symbolising and reinforcing past memories? How can public art play a role in shifting people’s perspectives towards structural change and new configurations?
UP Projects curates and commissions public art. The organisation was founded in 2002 by Emma Underhill, with a mission to support artists to make new work that has social relevance, engages communities, encourages learning and enriches the public sphere.