PARKS + ART : beyond the UK

Parks + Art / Art in Parks : Beyond the UK

An evolving collection of projects and events in parks taking place beyond the UK.  These are art projects / works that have been made for / in parks. I have organised  the collection around the park rather than the artist or project because the park is the ongoing environment and place, and the project comes to it. And the list is alphabetical in general too. Please contact me if you know of other examples to add to the collection – this is just a beginning …



IMAGE-MPJOANROSS-400x267Surry Hills, Sydney (multiple parks)

PSpace Social: Micro Parks: 2014: Five artists created free, family-friendly contemporary art installations and performances – some interactive, some immersive and others performative – from May 16th – 24th.

Screen shot 2015-08-13 at 00.50.10Newtown and Erskineville Parks, Sydney (multiple parks)

Performance Space Micro Parks: 2013 took place as part of the Sydney Festival in 2013 with five artists creating suburban dance odysseys, surprising installations and heroic durational performances in petite places.

web_squ_Malcolm_Whittaker_-_My_Best_Friend_Winnie_IIIRoyal Park, Launceston, Tasmania

Malcolm Whittaker – My Best Friend: 2014: Over a period a weeks Malcolm collected stories from befriending dog walkers in the park and created a small performance as a walk around the park sharing some of the stories with dog walkers talking of dogs they had loved and lost. More on the Malcolm’s project, (it has been in other parks) and video of My Best Friend as part of Micro Parks 2014.

Stencil14Megan Garrett-Jones – Advice to Park Users: 2011 – 2015. Starting as a private process, Megan made a commitment to walk in a park every day for a year. Megan’s blog explores themes that emerged from her year of park-walking, such as the quest for civic and individual betterment, the performance of publicness, and creative and non-commercial uses of time and space, creating 52 videos in parks between Australia and the UK.


The Bird Project, Jess & Genevieve, VancouverQueen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

Jesse Garbe & Geneviève Raiche-Savoie – The Bird Project: 2013 – 2016. Artist/designer collective The Department of Bird Safety make social art that raises awareness about issues concerning endemic and migratory birds, through art-ecology walks and workshops with Vancouver neighbourhoods.

16Trout Lake / John Hendry Park, Vancouver

Anthony Schragg – Circle of Trout: 2012. A 4-month residency programme based around an urban park and lake which brought different communities that used the park/lake together, and their desires for the future of the park.

Dusk DancesWithrow Park, Toronto

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks, giving choreographers an opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional dance venue, in front of a large, mostly new audience. Dusk Dances has programmes in parks across Canada.



Gezi Park PIction St Pauli HamburgGezi Park, St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany

Park Fiction: 1995 to 2013. Park Fiction has organised Collective Productions of Desires for a park in Hamburg’s red light district, St.Pauli.

St Pauli Park Fiction HamburgThe neighborhood park has been realized, designed by the residents, in a significant and beautiful place that the city’s government wanted to sell to private investors. It was renamed Gezi Park Fiction St Pauli after Gezi Park, Istanbul in 2013.


ZK/U BerlinSkulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Berlin

KUNSTrePUBLIK, ZK/U e.V.: 2006 ongoing: a former ‘no man‘s land’ that was once part of the Berlin Wall is a 5-hectare unbuilt, city-center lot where numerous international artists have carried out projects, focusing on sculpture as a process that can reveal and critique the social, historical and structural contexts.



Pulse Park in Madsion Square Park, NYMadison Square Park, New York, USA

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Park: 2008. A matrix of light beams that graze the central oval field of Madison Square. Their intensity is entirely modulated by a sensor that measures the heart rate of evening visitors to the park. Also shown at Jahrhunderthalle Park, Bochum, Germany as part of the Ruhr Triennal in 2012.