The Relationship is the Project
March 1, 2024

The Relationship is the Project


Community-engaged practice is not an art form. It’s not an add-on. It’s a way of working: a deep collaboration.

The Relationship is the Project features provocations, tools and practical tips for those who are currently, or interested in, working with communities. This includes the ethics and logistics of working on community-based projects and contexts: from cultural safety to class, intersectionality to disaster recovery, climate justice to First Nations reworlding, and more.

The chapter, Working with queer communities and artists, is written by Daniel Santangeli, Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Footscray Community Arts. Daniel’s extensive background includes serving as Chair for Outer Urban Projects and Program Manager at Midsumma Festival. With eight years as a board member for Outer Urban Projects and significant contributions to Midsumma Festival, Daniel brings a wealth of experience to community engagement. His chapter looks into the complexities and nuances of working with queer communities.

This updated and expanded edition features over 40 thought-leaders across the arts, cultural and community sectors. It is a must-have resource for all community engaged practice.

Chapters include:
– Art and climate justice by Karrina Nolan and Alex Kelly
– A duty of care by Kate Larsen
– Regional arts practice: Place takes time by Alysha Herrmann and Anthony Peluso
– Working with queer communities and artists by Daniel Santangeli
– Gender and public spaces by Simona Castricum and CQ Quinan
– Labels: From avoidance to acceptance by Jeremy Smith
– Creative Lives and contemporary ageing by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid
– Creative practice in disaster recovery by Scotia Monkivitch
– Reworlding: Adapting to the climate emergency through relationality by Jen Rae and Claire G Coleman
– The Role of the Institution by Esther Anatolitis

About the editors
Jade Lillie is known for her work as a leader, executive, facilitator, and specialist in community and stakeholder engagement. She works as a consultant, facilitator and advisor for organisations specialising in strategy, co-design, governance, people and culture. She was a recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2018-19), Australia Council Kirk Robson Award cultural leadership (2009) and an Asialink Residency (Arts Management) in Thailand (2010).

Kate Larsen is an arts, cultural and non-profit consultant and writer with more than twenty years’ experience in the non-profit, government and arts sectors in Australia, Asia and the UK. Recent roles include Director of Writers Victoria, Co-convenor of the Arts Industry Council of Victoria and CEO of Arts Access Australia.

Cara Kirkwood is a Mandandanji, Bidjara and Mithaka woman from Queensland. She has over fourteen years’ working across community, cultural development roles with a particular focus on arts and culture. Cara is currently Head of Indigenous Engagement and Strategy at National Gallery in Canberra.

Jax Jacki Brown (they/them) is a disability and LGBTQI rights activist, writer and educator. Widely published, Jax was a contributor to Growing Up Queer in Australia by Black Inc (2019).

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