Public projects delve into the role of arts and culture as catalysts for education and sustainable development, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

These projects have taken place in in many of the largest crises and tackled complex community issues across Australia and the Asia Pacific for organisations such as the International Red Cross and United Nations, as well as, for local organiations, working alongside communities.  The projects explore how creative practice, creativity, futures and design can be used in community settings to support systems change.


Building Better Markets Project
Doh Eain
Yangon, Myanmar

The Mobile ‘A Mhike Ka Nay Shwe’ (Trash to Treasure) Museum was developed for the social enterprise Doh Eain to engage with community members and share ideas around waste and recycling in Yangon, Myanmar.  The artwork formed part of circular economy initatives in building alternative markets in Yangon for the formal and informal economy.

The form and function of objects in the muesum were presented in a way that would provide a point of access that are immediate, transferrable, and universal. Presented as an art object, it activated the space between people through narrative, memory, and social engagement.  The Museum included common everyday single use plastic items, alongside explanations aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources in various languages to be accessible to multiple community members.


Ansonia Woolstores
Brisbane, Australia

The Woolstores Project is a curatorial collaboration between Caroline Austin and Dr Victoria Lawson that began in 2017. The Project team curates exhibitions within the historic Ansonia Woolstore building in Brisbane that reflects on the history and the institution of the Woolstores as a type of transitional urban space, creative environment, and site of consumption.  

The history of the Teneriffe Woolstore buildings highlights the colonial history of Brisbane, one that was built on the back of the sheep industry, as well as those of mining, logging and tourism. The gentrification of the Woolstores has occurred over close to half a century and highlights the mobilities of this urban space and domestic cultural tourism along the Brisbane River, close to the Powerhouse Museum, New Farm and Fortitude Valley.

University of California
Oecologies Network

This interdisciplinary collaborative project included Early Modern scholar Dr Louise Noble, University of New England and composer Dr Paul Ballam-Cross, University of Queensland. The project, presented to the University of California Oecologies Network, investigated how historical and current relationships with ocean currents might help us, at a time of extreme ecological precarity, to reorient our perceptions about ecological pasts, presents, and futures.

The project focused on the history of human relationships with the complex system of ocean currents and prevailing weather systems that move between the Indonesian Archipelago and Australia. It looked at currents as agents of memory, repositories of knowledge, keepers of secrets, and conveyors of wisdom, using literature, sound, and video.

Further information on the project is available at: https://surrenderabovebelow.cargo.

The Woolstores Project
The work entitled Home asked residents and non-residents in the surrounding areas of the historic Woolstores site in Brisbane to provide an anonymous written response to the question, what makes a place a home?

This work was developed into a repetitive statement based on the responses received from the community.  It was displayed inside one of the living spaces of the Woolstores, visible from the inside and outside of the site at street level, allowing the community to view and reflection the different viewpoints about home.

This work was displayed as part of the 2018 Woolstores Project.