MOBILE ART SPACES

A series of portable, participatory arts residencies were conceived and packaged to outer urban community hubs in Melbourne’s western suburbs by Big West Festival 2013-17. Communities selected a program of activities from a menu with choices including Mobile Cinema, Mobile Radio, Mobile Garden, Art Truck, and Flashpoint (a songwriting and racial education program).  In this way accessible artist-led projects were tailored to different contexts in a format that was affordable to small organisations and even resident groups.

Over 40 partners engaged MOBILE ART SPACES for discreet projects such as radio plays, a writers festival for broadcast, and site-specific temporary public art which often took place in the context of larger events such as street festivals. Collective artworks were created in schools, libraries, residential streets, shops and community hubs by over 1500 participants.  This equated to a massive activation of the outer western suburbs through multiple micro projects.

TACTICAL ART PROJECTS ARTIST Marcia Ferguson

OBJECTIVES

  • community building
  • social connection
  • place activation
  • skills building and mentoring

PARTNERS

Mobile Art Spaces was developed through BIG WEST FESTIVAL. The 40 partners included:

  • City of Wyndham
  • Co-Health Arts Generator
  • Braybrook Community Hub, City of Maribyrnong
  • Truganina South Primary School
  • Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Braybrooks
  • Victoria University
  • Hobsons Bay Council
  • Resident groups
  • Community groups
  • Art groups (visual, music, literary, dramatic)

RESOURCING

  • R E Ross
  • Helen MacPherson Smith Trust
  • Australia Council
  • City of Maribyrnong
  • Besen Family Foundation