Arts in Recovery Documentary Screening

Creative Regions’ Afloat project has drawn to a close, and a screening of their recent documentary called Arts in Recovery will be broadcast on 31 Digital tonight on the 18th March at at 7pm, and again on Friday the 20th March at 9.30am and Saturday the 21st March at 5pm.

The Afloat project was a participatory arts projects initiated by Creative Regions in two stages in 2010/11 and 2013, and received funding through the Creative Recovery – Building Resilience initiative of the Queensland Government. An overview of Afloat can be found at this link. And a further description is available on Placestories in the Creative Recovery Network community:

“Afloat is a Creative Regions project funded through the Creative Recovery – Building Resilience initiative of the Queensland Government.  The project is occurring across the Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, North Burnett and Fraser Coast Regions in response to the natural disasters of January 2013”


I was fortunate to be able to attend the premiere of the documentary at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in December last year. It is powerful and emotional documentary, and demonstrates just how important the Arts are in disaster recovery work.

To discover more about arts in disaster recovery work, it is worthwhile tuning in to see this important documentary.

New England and North West Sound Trails

Another exciting storytelling project that is up and running is the New England and North West Sound Trails. The app for this project will be launched in June, 2014.

The sound walks started as an idea 2 years ago when members of the Uralla community decided to record conversations and tell stories about their town. These stories, conversations and memories will now form the first part of the New England and North West Sound Trails and is called the Uralla Sound Walk. A link to the first stories can be found here: Uralla Stories.

For further information, please also check out this link to The Story Project. This provides a platform for members from the community to tell and share their stories.

This is an exciting and creative project, and we will keep you posted. Make sure to ‘like’ the project’s Facebook Page to keep up to date on the project’s progress and developments.


An excellent resource of interest! “Making Art With Communities: A Work Guide”

In June 2013, Vic Health, in partnership with Arts Victoria and Castanet, published a valuable guide exemplifying key ways the arts is of great benefit in and for communities. This is an important and interesting collaboration between the Health and Arts sectors.

Below is a summary that describes the importance of the Making Art With Communities: A Work Guide:

“Art helps us to explore and interpret our stories and, in turn, share discoveries and learn more about how other people see the world. Participation in arts activities expand our networks, strengthen our social bonds and bring our communities closer together – the foundations for mental wellbeing.” (

Topics covered include:

  • Arts in the community
  • Working with communities
  • Working with artists
  • Developing the project concept
  • Managing the project
  • Managing people
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Managing events
  • Completing the project.

Please click on this link for a PDF copy of the guide. It is worthwhile reading.



The Playback Oral History Project – State Library of Queensland.

The State Library Queensland is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for their Playback Oral History Project in 2014.

Below is a very brief summary taken from the SLQ Website. For further information, please click on the applicable links.

As a result from the State Library of Queensland’s Digitisation and Access survey it has been noted that the sheer volume of material captured over time and stored on magnetic tape is becoming progressively challenging to store, access and maintain in preservation for the future.

The Playback Oral History project aims to: “…digitise, preserve and provide access to 200 hours of Queensland’s un-digitised oral history material currently held in public libraries and local communities throughout the state”.

Expressions of Interest are sought for the following:

“From public libraries, in partnership with their nearby local museum, archive, heritage organisation or community group to:

  • identify twenty (20) hours of significant oral content from local collections for digitisation;
  • participate in a 3-day training workshop;
  • create and present new content using newly digitised oral history at a Heritage Tourism Symposium”.

A further description of this exciting project and contact details for Expressions of Interest can be found on the SLQ website, via this link.

Co-Creative Communities – forum archive

Finally. The archive of the Co-creative Communities forum is now online here:

Co-Creative Communities took place at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, Melbourne, on 8 November 2012.

The public forum brought together storytellers, broadcasters, filmmakers, artists, activists, cultural workers and researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities that digital convergence and participatory media present for communities.

It was a cornerstone event in a research collaboration involving the Australia Council for the Arts, ACMI, Goolarri Media Enterprises, 31 Digital, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, and researchers from Creative Industries QUT, Curtin University and Swinburne University.

The online archive includes full recordings and transcripts from the day. Happy digging!

The Communication for Social Change Award

Applications have opened for the 2014 Communication for Social Change Award. This is the only award of its type, and is open “specifically those that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to using communication to transform and empower marginalised communities” (

If you or your organisation has made a significant contribution in some way, or you know of others that have, it is worthwhile applying for this award. Winners of the award receive a $2500 towards travel to the awards ceremony, that will also help promote the impact and highlight the importance that communication projects have in development efforts.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, please refer them to this link: 2014 CSC Award.



Uralla Story Sound Walk

As part of the Co-Creative Communities forum last November, we also ran a project development lab. One of the highlights of the day was Uralla Story Sound Walk, a hybrid media project bringing together folk from oral history initiative The Story Project, and Uralla Arts, the local arts collective.

The Sound Walk represents the next stage of The Uralla Story Project, bringing the audio pieces already recorded out into the community in the form of a creative audio-tour you can access on your smart phone. It will let locals and visitors discover more about the tiny New South Wales town, its history and its community.

This is how the team describe the project:

Imagine you are walking around the centre of town with your mobile, and suddenly you hear music, then a voice starts telling you stories from the past. This idea is to bring Uralla stories alive in the street by creating a sound walk that you can listen to on your smart phone. The stories are told by Uralla locals, woven in with music, myths, poetry and sounds from local artists and writers. It’s a first in regional Australia.

The team behind Uralla Story Sound Walk have had a very busy time since we last saw them in November.

After wrangling additional Council and community support, and securing most of the funding, the last stage of the project looks ready for lift off.

If you like the, erm, sound of Uralla Story Sound Walk, then make sure you vote for their project at:

Andrew Parker from Uralla Arts says “Each vote gets us a $ amount and gets us closer to the project happening. I met yesterday with a regional tourism rep who is now interested in looking at a regional application of this project after Uralla gets up. This would really put the arts and artists in this region on the map. So it is all very exciting.”

New Update from the Twitterverse.

It has been a few months since the last Twitter update, but many fantastic things have been happening around the world with community uses of co-creative media.

Upcoming conferences include the 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference in Ankara, Turkey from the 8-10th May.  This is a large conference with a diverse array of digital storytelling research, exhibitions and displays. Click here to subscribe to the Twitter list for that conference.

Another international event coming up soon is the 8th Digital Storytelling Festival to be held in Wales on the 14th June.

Also, there is the interesting Laundromat Project tweeted by researcher, designer, artist and educator Pip Shea.  Also, check out Pip’s free downloadable PDF booklets.

There is some really interesting research on Video4Change, and links to this work have been tweeted by researcher Dr. Tanya Notley. Definitely a link worth checking out. This is in addition to many great links from Witness, who are celebrating 20 years. The Human Rights Channel has also been nominated for a Webby.

Also worthwhile reading are the regular blog posts from the MIT Center for Civic Media, that has included blog posts about Engage Media and their work.

March saw a lot of tweeting from the Australian Arts community in relation to Creative Australia, the Australian Government’s 2013 national cultural policy. This is in addition to the future of digital radio, and government funding in the community broadcasting sector, that was also making an impact on Twitter that month. This campaign is ongoing. Make sure to visit the “Commit to Community Radio” page for further information.

These are just a few of the many things that have been happening around the world. Please make sure to keep following the @ozccmorg Twitter feed for regular updates.

Co-Creative Communities Forum Twitter Update!

It was a busy couple of months heading towards the Co-Creative Communities Forum in Melbourne last month. The forum was held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on the 8-9th November.

Co-Creative Communities was a successful forum with a wonderful and diverse group of Community Arts, Media and Community Cultural Development organisations taking part from all over Australia. It also produced a very busy forum Twitter feed from attendees and participants, full of commentary, insights, links and discussion as the panels presented various projects, ideas and initiatives. This ignited great discussion; both at the forum and online in other parts of the country.

Here is a link to some of that discussion that has been archived on Storify. It provides a brief overview of the narrative of the day. Plenty of discussions happened offline as well, and it was a very exciting and enriching forum.

Ben Eltham’s article about the Co-Creative Communities event was posted online, and provided a great summary of first day.

But please check out the Storify link for the extended Twitter story!


Appropriate Approaches to Online Community: An Experiment

I’m pleased to be posting this on behalf of Pip Shea, a designer, artist and PhD student here at QUT whose work is closely aligned with our Community Uses of Co-Creative Media research project. Pip has been developing these booklets as an experiment in translation across academic and community contexts, and it’s fantastic to see the first of them out in the wild!

From Pip’s original post:

Appropriate Approaches to Online Community is the title of the first booklet in a series of critical guides I have been developing for community artists. It is an experiment that attempts to translate some of my PhD research findings. The booklet was inspired and informed by a period of fieldwork at CuriousWorks.

The guide explores multiple aspects of making online community networks, so that practitioners might develop appropriate Internet practices – network solutions that take the specific needs of individuals and communities in to consideration. The guide promotes critical approaches to online community building, to encourage the continuation of creative practices beyond community arts projects.

Get the PDF at the original post