skip to main content


Published date
29 May 2019

The European Public Art project, is a creative experiment in culture-led urban regeneration that is taking place in 4 European cities: London, Maribor, Prague and Jesolo.

Principal Investigator: Patricia Austin
College: Central Saint Martins

Project summary

A 2-year, EU funded research project, looking into culture-led city regeneration. The partners actively tested assumptions by facilitating arts events and design interventions in all 4 countries.

The partners from each city joined forces to investigate the role of art and design in urban regeneration, to prompt a dynamic circulation of new ideas and expertise across Europe. The results will lead to more sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

EU-PA achieved the following objectives:

  • To instigate projects, installations and interventions that fuse the creative arts with urban planning. These projects will consider the relevant social, cultural and historical aspects of specific urban development areas.
  • To mobilise artists and students to produce creative workshops and coordinated research activities, and produce the results using a dynamic range of media.
  • To pool together means of production for creative projects (new forms, technologies and artistic practices) and promote the mobility of artists and their productions within Europe.
  • To involve civil society, economic stakeholders and local government in creative and experimental planning processes.
  • To develop and sustain a multi-disciplinary approach in addressing the expanding and evolving nature of urban spaces.

The London-based EU-PA activities will be taking place in collaboration with CSM on its new campus at King’s Cross in central London. The King’s Cross area is currently one of the largest inner city redevelopment sites in Europe and therefore presents a challenging platform for EU-PA’s objectives.

CSM staff and students from MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments and BA (Hons) Fine Art are working with our international EU-PA partners, as well as commercial and community stakeholders to evolve 3 creative projects in the form of urban interventions. CSM also hosted the EU-PA conference, ‘Unlocking the public realm: How arts and design transform urban space’ in 2012.


Outputs realised from the research project

Download the book: Austin, Patricia (2013) EU-PA. Città di Jesolo, Jesolo. ISBN 9781628409628

Main Funders: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) at the European Commission and London Borough of Camden.

Funding period:
September 2011 - August 2013

Key partners included:
KIBLAand CIANT (arts organisations from Maribor Slovenia, and Prague in the Czech Republic) and the city of Jesolo in Italy