Art Prospect:
Public Art Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia

Art Prospect is the only annual event in St. Petersburg that brings contemporary art works from around the world to the city streets. CEC ArtsLink instigated Art Prospect in 2012 in response to the local interest in pioneering art forms that reach the new audiences uninitiated in the contemporary art. Art Prospect is part of Global Art Lab.

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Art Prospect 2016
September 22 – 25
In 2016, with 'Dialogue' as its theme, the festival took place in St.-Petersburg’s Admiralteysky district. In addition to being historically rich, the ditstrict stands out for its social diversity: communities ranging from the elderly, students, and immigrants to wealthier families. Do these people know and interact with each other? How do their surroundings affect their relations with one another? These are questions addressed by artists from Russia, the USA, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, and Finland as they created interdisciplinary works.

Art Prospect 2015
September 17 – 20
In Art Prospect 2015's edition art groups and artists practiced participatory art through ‘Games’. What historical role do associations of artists in Russia and abroad play? How does contemporary art relate to the concept of the ‘collective’? And how can local communities with no connection to the world of art be involved in the process of creating a work of art? The festival set out to find points of contact between the collective and the artistic using play to rethink social and aesthetic interactions.

Art Prospect 2014
September 25 – 28
This year’s iteration of Art Prospect curated by U.S. public art expert Kendal Henry, explores how artists address global environmental issues through public participation and social engagement. The festival organizers seek to increase awareness and inspire action through work that deals with climate change, conservation, energy, resources, biodiversity as well as cultural diversity, language, and population.

Art Prospect 2013
September 12 – 15
The second Art Prospect showcased the original works of fifteen artists and art collectives from Russia, the Netherlands and the United States responding to the theme The Artist as Urban Gardener. Using various art forms, including collage, sculpture, video, and performance, the artists transformed Liteiny Prospect into an interactive space for creative dialogue with residents about the urban environment.

Art Prospect 2012
September 20 – 23
Co-curated by Ed Woodham of Art in Odd Places (New York), the first Art Prospect was unified by a theme of Model. Eighteen American and Russian artists and art collectives brought art into unconventional venues and to broad audiences, creating site-specific work in courtyards, shop windows and public parks along a bustling stretch of Liteiny Prospect in the city center.