What should happen to the digital artworks that were supposed to go on display in The Public gallery, West Bromwich, which has closed before it was even open?
The temptation is to come up with a worthy use for them – a roadshow making use of old Woolworths sites and cheering up UK high streets. The right thing to do is forget it – don’t waste any more time and money on it. The Public building, on the other hand, needs to become an asset to the community – after all, who would have thought that the Dome would become such an excellent concert venue?
David Martin, Joint managing director, M Worldwide
The Public is in danger of seeming a grand digital ‘folly’ (in the architectural sense). The gallery seems to be integral to the building, physically and conceptually. Finding a new home for the digital artworks would be obvious, but the hole left behind could be difficult to fill. They should stay for now. This needs someone with a passion for the region’s digital economy to create a business plan to get the space functioning quickly.
Stefan Lewandowski, Founder and director, 3 Form