On Creative Communities and Urban Renewal

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Ralph Wilson Theatre
  • COST: Free
  • PRESENTER: Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres
  • WHEN: 2:30pm to 3:15pm
    19 May 2018

On Creative Communities and Urban Renewal is a cheeky and playful discussion around the complex relationship between artists and urban renewal. With Chris Endrey as MC, and a powerhouse panel, the discussion is sure to be lively.

The panel includes:
– Cathy Hope – University of Canberra
– Malcolm Snow – CEO, City Renewal Authority
– Susan Davis – Ginninderry Community and Cultural Planning Manager
– Ronan Moss – Director COX Architects
– Yolande Norris – Producer, You Are Here Festival
+ makers and performers of Never Trust A Creative City, Emma McManus and Maria White

Panelist bios below.

On Creative Communities… is part of Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centre’s AUTUMN REVEL program, taking place from 11am – 4pm at Gorman Arts Centre. Never Trust a Creative City opens on Wednesday 16 May and runs until Sunday 20 May. 

Cathy Hope

Cathy Hope is the Coordinator of the Play, Creativity and Culture Project in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. This applied research project critically examines the role and capability of play in cultural practice across the lifespan. The Project is currently investigating the potential of play in enlivening cities and enhancing wellbeing in partnership with the ACT Government to inform urban renewal in Canberra.

Cathy has written extensively on alternative cultures in their initial experimental phases – including film festivals, farmers’ markets and Australian youth radio station Triple J. Cathy programmed films for the early Canberra International Film Festivals, and co-directed the Canberra Short Film Festival. She has worked in a freelance capacity for the Australian media, including film and travel reviewer for The Canberra Review, chief editor of a Melbourne city guide and other publications including Rolling Stone magazine.

Cathy lectures in communication at the University of Canberra and is an award-winning teacher in higher education with over twenty years of experience. Cathy’s key interest is in enabling non-traditional and other students to succeed in the university environment. In 2013 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Equity and Diversity.

Play – as a cultural mechanism, as a strategy for enhancing well- being, and as an enabler of engagement, creative practice, and disruption – is at the core of Cathy’s freelance writing, research and teaching pursuits and practice.

Malcom Snow, CEO, City Renewal Authority

Malcolm Snow is one of Australia’s leading urban designers acknowledged for the breadth of his place design and urban development experience as well as his advocacy for creating better cities.  With qualifications in town planning and landscape architecture and a professional career spanning four decades, he has led major city revitalization programs throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom both as an urban planning consultant and advisor to all spheres of government.

Malcolm has held high profile executive roles in both the private and public sector as well as Board directorships. Prior to joining the City Renewal Authority as its inaugural CEO he was a Director with international consulting firm Urbis. He is the former CEO of South Bank Corporation in Brisbane and was for a decade, the Head of Design for the City of Melbourne, one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Committed to raising public awareness of good design, Malcolm has been the Chair of several not-for-profit organizations including the Urban Design Alliance and the Place Leaders Association. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and with others, has been recipient of more than thirty-five national and professional awards for design and management excellence including on four separate occasions Australia’s highest urban design accolade, the Australia Award for Urban Design.

As Adjunct Professor at two Australian universities (Canberra and QUT) Malcolm has contributed to the development and teaching of their post-graduate design programs and is a mentor for young planners and designers. He has authored numerous journal articles on urban design practice and is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences in Australia and internationally.

Some of the major urban renewal strategies in Australia that Malcolm has either led or played a significant advisory role include Fisherman’s Bend and Docklands 2 in Melbourne, Riverbank in Adelaide, South Bank in Brisbane and City Centre Revitalization Master Plans for Brisbane and Melbourne.

Susan Davis

Susan is the Community and Cultural Planning Manager for the Ginninderry development project. Her background is in arts and film, most notably producing the music videos for bands such as Midnight Oil, the Hoodoo Gurus, Men at Work and Cold Chisel during their 1980’s heyday. Her current contract as the “Community and Cultural Planning Manager” of Ginninderry comes after working on a wide range of community and cultural planning projects across the country, but significantly never before at the very beginning of a new community. At its heart, the job is about weaving creative, cultural and artistic values into the fabric of the new township. Susan believes the ACT is breaking new ground by appointing a cultural planner at this stage of a residential development.  “For me, the job is about planning the creative design of the area at the start of its 40-year roll-out and actually we have a lot of incredible ideas to work on.”

Ronan Moss

Ronan graduated with a Bachelor or Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and joined URBIS JHD working as an architectural graduate on urban design projects in China and Australia.In 2006 Ronan moved to Brisbane to work with Riddell Architecture as Senior Project Architect. He facilitated and contributed to an array of different architectural and master planning projects encompassing residential, public, educational, commercial, adaptive re-use and conservation, a number of which were subsequently recognised in the AIA architectural awards. Ronan joined Cox Architecture in 2012 as an Associate in the Canberra, and in 2017 became a Director. Ronan has used his considerable design, presentation, and coordination skills on key projects throughout Canberra and Nationally, including the design of the controversial Westside.

Yolande Norris

Yolande Norris is a writer and producer working between Canberra and the regional town of Braidwood, Australia.  A graduate of the ANU School of Art she has worked with visual arts organisations both large and small, including the National Gallery of Australia, Gorman House Arts Centre and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and has curated a number of exhibitions for artist-run initiatives and public galleries.

Her work extends into arts festivals, including roles as co-director of Critical Animals, a creative research symposium taking place annually in Newcastle as a part of This Is Not Art, and as a founder of You Are Here, an annual experimental and cross-arts festival in Canberra, which she produced from 2010 to 2013, and is now back to lead the organisation through research and development. Yolande worked as a producer with Big hART, Australia’s leading arts and social change company, on their national suite of projects. She is a member of the Canberra Museum and Gallery advisory committee, a member of the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council cultural development advisory committee, and is on the management committee of Braidwood’s Two Fires Festival of Arts & Activism. She is currently coordinator for Girls Rock! Canberra, a music education and mentorship program for girls and non-binary youth.

Yolande’s writing extends from commentary and essays on the arts, culture and social history to fiction, memoir and poetry- explore the archive here.

Emma McManus

Emma McManus is a director, musician and theatre-maker. She is one eighth of performance collective Applespiel, with them she has created work for Next Wave, Performance Space, Malthouse, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House and You Are Here. For Ainslie and Gorman she has appeared in Vinegar Tom and Love/Chamberlain. She directed Nathan Harrison’s How I Saved The Western Black Rhino (The Joan) and Carly and Troy do A Doll’s House which toured around the country and won the Bank SA award for emerging artists at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. She was a dramaturgy intern at Playwriting Australia, Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist Placement in Directing, a Karnabal Festival resident artist with Sipat Lawin Ensemble (Manila), part of the inaugural Theatre Works Directors Lab (Melbourne Festival), the Assistant Director on Sisters Grimm’s La Traviata (Belvoir) and is currently an intern with theatre collective The Rabble.

She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (Class 1) from the University of Wollongong and plays bass with dark guitar-pop trio Oranges. Emma is one of the makers and performers of Never Trust a Creative City.

Maria White

Maria is an artist with a background in performance currently completing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of New South Wales. She has presented new work at Performance Space, Arts House, Wassaic Festival NY, Underbelly Arts, Blacktown Arts Centre, MCA Art Bar, Kudos Gallery, and developed new work at Bundanon Trust, Vitalstatistix, Shopfront Arts Co-op and Punctum Inc. She co-curated the site-responsive performance and visual art festival Tiny Stadiums 2012-2014. She is one of the makers and performers of Never Trust a Creative City.

  • On Creative Communities and Urban Renewal: image by Bryony Jackson.