We have been on an exciting journey together, thinking about the city of Birmingham and how it is possible to capture a civic mood through an artwork.A double issue of Art & the Public Sphere journal has been dedicated to this concept of Public Art Thinking. It is edited by Mel Jordan and Anna Santomauro and it includes commissioned work by Janna Graham, Robert Garnett, Mel Jordan and Stuart Whipps. The journal will be launched as part of the symposium and a bookstall with copies of the journal and other books will be available for purchase at the symposium. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 22 at Curzon Building lecture theatre, Birmingham City University between 1pm-5.30pm. Tickets to the event are £5 (£4 concessions) or free for Eastside Projects members and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/publicartthinking. Speakers include Mel Jordan, Janna Graham, Barbara Holub, Rosalie Schweiker, Robert Garnett and Andy Reeve. To find out more about Birmingham Big Art Project, visit www.birminghambigartproject.org.uk. Follow Birmingham Big Art Project on Facebook: @BhamBigArtProject and Twitter: @BigArtProject.