The Creatives, Communities & Economies Project Report is here!
Led by the research of School of Art Academics including Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer Dr. Alison Bennett, Senior Lecturer Dr. Marnie Badham, Associate Professor Grace McQuilten, and Lecturer Dr. Alan Hill, we identified that the role of the artist and photographer has become hybridised, digitised, and increasingly responsive to activating public space, documenting our times, and innovating for the future of work.
We wanted to explore how creative practitioners respond to the ongoing challenges facing the arts, and explore new, radical strategies to solve them through economic, social, and cultural change.
We transformed our Brunswick Lab into an experimental artist-researcher residence, where we held workshops using creative practice methods to understand the role creatives play in supporting innovation and social cohesion within the local community.
We found that artists and designers are creating opportunities and holding space for complex discussions surrounding place, identity, and social values – and addressing issues of social inequity through visual representation.
The creative economy is vibrant in Merri-bek, and we identified opportunities to rethink ways of working with community, support small businesses through co-working spaces, develop a social enterprise ‘hub’, and partner with local government and higher-education providers to promote cultures of democracy through community-oriented collaborations.
Together, we’re tackling real-world, urban challenges and seeking innovations that improve liveability, connection, and community resilience; and ultimately evolve spaces into places.
This report will be shared with our local government and industry partners. Please feel free to send this on to anyone or any organisation that might be intrigued!
Explore more in our full report available at the ‘Download Report’ button above.