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A message for aspiring community placemakers

  I had such a great time running two ‘idea-storming’ placemaking workshops for the City of Port Adelaide Enfield over the past week! There is nothing better in this world than spending time with people who are bursting with ideas to bring their neighbourhoods to life. I firmly believe that an idea shared, is an […]

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Let’s talk about chalkart!

Join us for this hands-on interactive session. We are collaborating with Mixed Creative artist studio to run a free hands-on chalkart tutorial session. Join the chalk army! Where: Mixed Creative, 32 Nile Street, Port Adelaide. When: 22 February, 6-7pm Pro tip: chalk dust is dirty, and it gets everywhere. Don’t wear your Sunday best. Materials provided.  Mixed […]

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Empowering people through chalkart

  Why do I love doing chalk art? There are a whole host of reasons: it invites people into the moment, challenges their perceptions of their own place, adds a splash of ephemeral colour and encourages others to give it a go themselves. But the thing I love the MOST is the conversations I have with […]

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Multi-tasking is my middle name

New personal multi-tasking best achieved – facilitated AND filmed an engagement workshop, all at the same time. Such a great session, delivered for SA Power Networks, in partnership with Uniting Care Wesley Bowden. We arranged for a creche to be provided, to support family participation. Interpreters provided live translation in situ. A truly inclusive approach, […]

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Community placemaker expo – introducing Tracey Davis

“By the people, for the people.” It was wonderful to facilitate on-stage interviews with community placemakers at the recent Place Invaders event held at Port Adelaide recently. The event was sold out, jam-packed with a great crowd of Port Adelaide folks. So I thought I might share some more info on these inspiring local citizens over […]

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Fantastic beasts engaging online

Alternative online engagement tips from a Harry Potter fan.  For the past 4 months I have been working with SA Power Networks providing community engagement advice and support on a vast engagement program including a State-wide regional workshop tour, vulnerable customer conversations, CALD engagement workshops and so much more. But the most far reaching engagement […]

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Open letter to our Kitchen Table Conference family

  I would like to send out a HUGE THANKYOU to every single one of you who helped bring the magic to the Kitchen Table Conference on 6 October. I came away filled with optimism and inspiration. So many new connections made! A few moments have continued to stay with me: Acknowledgement to country made […]

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A new kind of graphic recording!

  We wanted to do something different with our live visual recording of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board event ‘Adelaide’s liveability: fact or fiction?’ So we developed a whole new creative technique and delivered a live collage triptych. Process: Myself and my creative partner Michael Lannan contacted speakers in advance to gain […]

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Watermelon Jellyfish – chalk art making film

  We had a great time creating these colourful jellyfish on Leigh Street, Adelaide, as part of the Festival of Good Humans street party. This work was created using a combination of chalk paint, which we make ourselves, and dry pastels. Enjoy!  

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Chalk artist vs army of street sweepers

Set the alarm for stupid early. It was 4.45am when we hit the streets. Crouched upon the ground, chalking up giant chickens for an early morning ‘promenade event’, I did not expect to learn new things about my own City! Here are my unexpected lessons from the streets of Adelaide: Homeless people are humans too. […]