Research Projects discussed here relate to the broader theme of 'Curating Art Cities' and reflects on aspects of the project in relation to findings and new knowledge during the project. Some of these new concepts may go on to inform projects down the future and in some instances may simply be for the purpose of widening my scope of understanding around the relational aspects of the projects.
Doncaster, City of Manningham, 2019+
Funded by Creative Victoria - Creative Suburbs
10 weeks x 10 families
Building on my social engagement work, this new project will be developed through a 'social artist in residence' model. As an resident artist, I will work over a 10 week period with 10 local families to develop an art project which will be exhibited at the Manningham Gallery at MC2. The project will focus on new immigrant families in the Doncaster area and seek to recognise and strengthen their relationships with other families in the community through engagement in an art project. The journey of the families will be documented by artist Sofi Basseghi. As a collaborative group the project will be presented as the outcome of the project. In recent years, the Doncaster area has experienced rapid population growth as a result of Melbourne's overall growth. New urban developments in the local area have also attracted many families to the area. This project seeks to focus on the relationship between place and the people who inhabit that place, looking at ways they can connect to their local environment and develop an increased sense of belonging.
St Andrews, Victoria, November 2017
Living in the Landscape Public Art Incubator
Nillumbik Shire Council
This public art commission carries through from my work on 'curating inclusive communities' and promoting the right to the city. The project recognises a lost mining history in the St Andrews community paying particular attention to an uncommonly known history of a Chinese mining community buried in the local area. My project focused on bringing together various community partners to research and explore this lost history through a socially engaged public art project.
in the Australian Bush pays attention to a
relatively unknown history of a Chinese community buried at the Queenstown Cemetery
in the 1850-80s during the St Andrews mining boom. A series of eight boat
lanterns were created to pay respect to and acknowledge this uncommonly known
history, acting as a gesture of symbolically returning a community never
intending to stay. Eight was chosen to reflect the eight inquest reports,
eighty or so people buried and eight as a number of prosperity in Chinese
culture. The full moon imagery references Li Bai’s Tang Dynasty poem On a Tranquil Night, representing
longing for home and family reunion. The project was developed in collaboration
with the St Andrews Men’s Shed and in consultation with locals, the St Andrews
Historical Society, Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre, The Wadambuk Arts
Group and The Chinese Museum, Melbourne.
On a Tranquil Night
Besides my bed a pool of light
Is it frost on the ground?
I lift my eyes and see the moon
I bow my head feeling a longing for home