Community-Engaged Artist in Residence

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The Community-Engaged Artist in Residence program provides an artist the opportunity to work with and celebrate the communities of Braybrook.

The artist in residence is based at the Braybrook Community Hub, an integrated community facility on Churchill Avenue within the grounds of Braybrook Park. It comprises the Braybrook Library, Braybrook Community Centre, a community health and maternal and child health centre, an early years centre and kindergarten, sports pavilion, and men’s shed.

About the Braybrook Community-Engaged Artist in Residence Program

The program is open to artists of all genres and mediums and we look for artists who will build a deep connection to the community, working part-time over approximately a three month period. There is no requirement for applicants to either live or work in the City of Maribyrnong, however connection to the local community, and strong demonstrated experience in community arts practice, will be viewed positively. Arts & Culture Maribyrnong encourages applications from First Nations, and culturally diverse artists.

2023 Braybrook Community-Engaged Artist in Residence Activities

Machine Imagining

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Machine Imagining is a project with artist Kate Geck, inviting the Maribyrnong community to explore the natural world in collaboration with machine intelligence. Through a series of free workshops, community members were invited to draw creatures from the local area - plants, animals and insects.

These drawings and photos were used to produce a community database of observations of the local, natural world. These datasets then trained machine learning models to generate new, machine imaginings of the Maribyrnong area. These imaginings were arranged through collage into large hanging textiles, and finally were finished with hand embroidery.

Kate worked with a dedicated and ongoing group of Braybrook community members through all stages of the project, spanning from January to June 2023. After a launch event in September 2023, these works will be displayed for all to enjoy in the Braybrook Hub Access Gallery until Friday 6 October 2023.

Image provided by Kate Geck.

Born in a Taxi

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Acclaimed local performance company, Born in a Taxi, are the next Community-Engaged Artists to be in residence at the Braybrook Community Hub. Born in a Taxi will be developing a new performance work about the wonders of being the age you are, with contributions from the Braybrook community! They want to hear perspectives from people 1-100 who are keen to share. During October 2023, Artistic Directors Penny and Carolyn will be hanging out at the Braybrook Hub Foyer and popping into classes and gatherings for a chat about 'being your age.' They may invite you to record some of your thoughts, with your permission. 

Stay connected with resident artist activities via the Maribyrnong Arts & Culture Facebook page

Photography by Bryony Jackson

2022 Braybrook Community-Engaged Artist in Residence Activities

Living Portrait Braybrook

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Photograph supplied by Carla Gottgens

Celebrate the creativity and imagination of the people who use Braybrook Community Hub in the Living Portrait Braybrook photography exhibition, available for viewing in April and May 2022Come along to the Hub and view photos installed along the walls of the entire building, connected by red string. 

Living Portrait Braybrook creatively explores the identity of the people who use Braybrook Community Hub. Artists Carla Gottgens, Catherine O’Leary and David Wells collaborated with visitors to the Braybrook Community Hub to playfully explore how they would like to present themselves in a portrait. This interactive project was spread out across the lockdowns and restrictions of 2020-2021.

Together community members and the artists undertook a process of transformation using costumes and props to create an image that tells a story. In the finished portrait, a bright red line connects each photograph to the next, threading lives together and celebrating the spirit and diversity of the Braybrook Community.

Rapping workshops at Braybrook Community Hub

Want to try rapping? Learn how to write your own lyrics and set it to a beat? And what about the rest – copyright and getting it out into the world? Learn from professional rapper and musician One Sixth at Braybrook Edge!

The Western Edge Youth Arts rapping workshops in 2022 were a free 10-week intensive workshop geared to any artists or young people aged 14-25 years old who want to develop and harness their creative skills, and confidently join the global music community! They discussed the various aspects of the creative process and learnt from guests along the way who have experience in the industry and know what it takes to keep reinventing and creating as often as they can.