Community arts projects

Person with headphones onThe Pokies Art Project 2016

This project was designed to provide an opportunity for Moreland people who have been affected by Pokies gambling to connect within an artistic context.

  • Several people (approx 40) affected by the Pokies attended dynamic art and storytelling workshops with artists Vanessa Chapple and Jacob Williams during May  
  • Over thirty gambling counselors, directly engaged with community members affected by Pokies use, attended a Pokies Art Project workshop designed to unpack the workshops and to provide feedback to develop the better target the project
  • A reference group was set up with people from the Salvation Army, Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau, Victorian Primary Care Partnerships and Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • The Hope Centre in Glenroy and Arabic Welfare, Brunswick were the key partners in the project
  • About 30 people attended The Pokies Art Project launch on June 3rd 2016 at Wheatsheaf Community Hub in Glenroy
  • All Pokies Art project art works produced are currently exhibited at the five libraries in Moreland

Our 2016 Reconciliation week FLASHMOBdance project

On 27 May 2016, 200 people of Moreland; school students, youth groups, council workers and the general public came together to celebrate Aboriginal people and culture - the first people of Australia and the oldest continuous culture in the world - with a hiphop flashmob.

Anyone not in the know -  a flashmob is a public gathering of people who appear out of nowhere to perform a dance and then disperse as quickly as they appeared.

After two weeks of workshops across Moreland led by local dance company Indigenous HipHop Projects, we piled into Victoria Mall in Coburg and busted our moves to the fine tunes of Yothu Yindi's Treaty.

Filmed and broadcast live on our Facebook page, this powerful and lively footage of people dancing together irrespective of culture, age or gender, captured the imagination of many people on social media, as the views on our Facebook page climbed to 26000.

This is ... Brunswick and Fawkner project

What is it really like to be a Brunswick or Fawkner local?

The Foundling Archive is working on a local project, with support from a Council grant, and need your help!

The project will see two small publications about the social history, landscape and culture of Brunswick and Fawkner.

How have these places changed? What insider information do you know?

Tell us what makes these places unique - its people, resources and facilities, landscape and opportunities, potential problems and strengths now and into the future.

Interested in contributing?

No experience necessary! You don’t have to be an artist or a writer. We want to hear about the everyday lived experiences of these places.

Some ideas for contributions:

  • Documenting your day or week through photography
  • Write an article, poem or statement about your community or yourself
  • Submit an old photo of the area
  • Talk to us about your experiences in the neighbourhood
  • Open to your ideas!

You will be credited in a locally produced and distributed publication. Organisations, groups, individuals, students, clubs, families, workplaces locals past and present of any age welcome to enquire.

Call Gracie on 0435 845 912 or email The Foundling Archive.  

About the project

This project has been commissioned and funded through a Council Cultural Exchange Initiative Grant.

This is... seeks to introduce Australian communities to each other through documenting and sharing the similarities and unique characteristics between communities.

‘This is Brunswick’ and ‘This is Fawkner’ look at the relationship between people and place. 

The project culminates in two editions of the foundling archives: ‘This is …’ Zine as well as a public exhibition throughout the two suburbs.

It is facilitated by Gracie Lolicato and Katrina Lolicato, Directors of The Foundling Archive, a local organisation that works with people, organisations and institutions to produce projects, exhibitions and programs that investigate Australian life across time and landscape.

For further details about this project visit The Foundling Archive

If These Walls Could Talk project

If These Walls Could Talk was a project that invites artists to respond to the heart and soul of little known places in our community, for example historical buildings, private rooms and special spaces.

Poets, photographers, song writers, musicians, film makers, painters reinterpret, reflect and celebrate so that we all can share in the secret histories of Moreland.

For Coburg Carnivale 2015 four very special musicians responded by writing or selecting songs inspired by the Bates Building first  floor on Sydney Road. Suzannah Espie, Tobias Hengeveld, Kavisha Mazzella and Rich Davies have been recorded on site by Sound engineer, Myles Mumford and Videographer, Leo Dale. Their work was shared at the Coburg Court House on Friday 25 September in the form of a casual pop up installation event featuring projections by James Voller.

For more information about the installation, visit Coburg Carnivale

The Bates building

The historic Bates building at 400 – 404 Sydney Road, Coburg hides a giant wall mural on the first floor, gathering dust and fading into memory.

Photo of mural featuring a middle eastern style palace - painted on the walls of historic Bates BuildingThe mural was created in between the wars by Australian soldiers returning from the First World War. It portrays a blend of Middle-Eastern, North-Indian and North-African landscapes, landscapes familiar to many returned servicemen. This was an era when servicemen and women returned from far-away lands and marked a starting point in the new wave of cultures moving to the local area from Europe and the Middle East.

The room that houses the mural was originally used as a roller skating rink in the 1880s. Later it was converted into a music and dance hall theatre.

Eventually it was converted into the first Coles Supermarket in Coburg and is currently used as a storeroom.

The Launching Board projectChildren writing on a blackboard

The Launching Board: Young Minds, Big Questions project was an interactive installation containing a giant chalkboard where passers-by are inspired to respond in coloured chalk to big questions devised by children.

In collaboration with grade 5 and 6 students from Fawkner Primary School, local artist Dan Goronszy co-created the work through a series of workshops to develop questions to be placed on The Launching Board in Fawkner.

Using a range of techniques, such as drawing, mind mapping, word association and improvisation to delve deeply into the children’s ideas, the artist encouraged students to explore such themes as the individual, the world and the unChild writing on a drawing boardiverse.

Fawkner Primary School recently hosted a mini Launching Board of their own. In this way students had a direct experience of responses to their questions before the Launching Board goes live in the wider Fawkner community.

The final Launching Board, designed and built by Ben Landau, will be placed in a public space in Fawkner for the local community to respond to.

The children at Fawkner Primary School asked the world some Big Questions when the giant chalkboard visited Bonwick Street, Fawkner shopping precinct 18 - 22 July 2015 to find out what's important to them.

This project is supported by Moreland City Council and Fawkner Primary School.

You can also find out more about local artist Dan Goronszy on Dan Goronszy Arts Facebook and Instagram #TheLaunchingBoard.

How you can get involved

Respond and let them know what you think when the Launching Board visits the Fawkner community again during the MoreArt Public Art Show 2015.

Further details to be announced soon.