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Urban Policy and Planning

Urban policy and planning will reflect on the relationship between arts activity and policy and planning and how these areas can have an impact on each other. In urban environments there has been a push towards cultural planning and public art policy at the local government level in Australia and beyond, which has seen the increase in arts and cultural activity in the public urban realm. 

How Diverse is your Suburb?

July 21, 2019

I found this diversity tool Interactive: How Diverse is my Suburb? produced by SBS interesting and useful, particularly in the early stages of planning and developing my research projects, especially when working on a site analysis of place. I do often refer to Australian census data to gain a better understanding of how urban communities see themselves, to see if this is reflected in the public expressions of a community. Australian cities are coming to terms with the extreme cultural and racial diversity of our cities and through searching through the data, it reflects the impact of the globalising forces of mass migration on various parts of our cities, which what makes each study of places unique and the potential to have it's own narrative told through the curation (or the care) of these stories.

Japanese Art Festivals, Super-aging & Shrinking Populations

December 4, 2017

Last week I attended a day of discussions at the Queensland Art Gallery in relation to the development of the Asia Pacific Triennale in Brisbane. The discussion was stimulating and the breadth certainly opened up my understanding of current Asian and Pacific contemporary art discourse. Of particular interest was a discussion by Shihoko Iida, Chief Curator of the Aichi Triennale and Professor of Art, in Japan. I was fascinated by her discussion of the trend of public art festivals in Japan in recent years in relation to urban revitalisation particulalry due to aging and decreasing populations in more isolated areas and how these festivals strategies were spreading around the country. This is mentioned in the local Aichi authorities vision for 2020. She also discussed the complications of working as a curator between government processes and artists processes. A quick search in relation to the subject and I did find that Art Setouchi, does site this as the reason for it's development. The reason why I am interested in because of the collaborative work I am doing with the Men's shed which is primarily, but not exclusively, a seniors community. It has allowed me to consider the broader social aspects of working with an ageing community and how the arts potentially can play a role in our urban social development in relation to this community. The men's shed example of 'shedagogy' focuses on the building of community through learning in an informal educational environment through doing and is not dedicated to the arts, although I worked with them on an artistic project. The Japanese example is certainly expansive, as it is a national network of arts festivals dealing with this issue, but looking towards culture for revitalisation, recognising that Japan is no longer a manufacturing society and most of this activity has moved towards other Asian countries. 

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