#DoingItInPublic aims to raise awareness, contribute to, and prompt a discussion about the post-industrial society. The focus is a specific socio-economic and geographical context around Vauxhall and Nine Elms, the biggest development site in Europe, and will question what ‘public art’ can be. The concept of public art is changing and our aim is to bring a version of it into the gallery. ‘Doing it in Public’ will conceptually engage with what is public and private in a time when public space in London is rapidly diminishing. Therefore, exhibiting an artist’s work inside a public gallery is challenging what public art can be.

Central to #DoingItInPublic are works by two artists, Paloma Proudfoot and Jakob Rowlinson, newly commissioned by the Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art programme. Their performative work will be presented at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall – an oasis within an increasing jungle of privatised spaces – alongside a panel discussion between curator and writer Jes Fernie; architect Liza Fior; and Helen Nisbet, Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt Gallery.


Wednesday 3 May 2017, 6-8 pm

Preview and performative lecture by Jakob Rowlinson (find the The Vauxhalla Lectures archive here)

Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 May

Exhibition open from 11am and until 5pm Performances by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka at the beginning and end of each day

Saturday 6 May, 4-5.30 pm

Panel discussion with curator and writer Jes Fernie, curator Helen Nisbet and architect Liza Fior

Saturday 6 May, 6-7.30 pm

Closing reception and performative lecture by Jakob Rowlinson with performance by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka



#DoingItInPublic is programmed by Curating Contemporary Art in partnership with the Sculpture Programme at the Royal College of Art and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall.

Curated by Canan Batur, Isabel Blanco-Fernández, Joss Heierli, Carolina Lio and Filip Zezovski Lind as part of the Curating Contemporary Art programme Graduate Projects 2017, Royal College of Art.

All enquiries: isabel.blanco@network.rca.ac.uk

Press release here