Regenerating community: arts, community and governance

This project examines the role of community art projects in enhancing local government in Australia. It tracks the development of the national ‘Generations Project’ in five local government areas across Victoria, NSW and Queensland and resulted in both a national conference—held at RMIT—and a research report to be circulated nationally by the Australia Council for the Arts. Researchers worked closely with the Melbourne-based Cultural Development Network to complete the research and communicate its key findings within the local government sector nationally.

The project report titled Art, Governance and the Turn to Community was completed in 2010 and a paper on the project was published in the international Journal of Arts and Communities.  The project report was used as key foundation for a successful ARC Linkage Grant application prepared by Dr Lachlan McDowell of the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the University of Melbourne and Martin Mulligan has joined Lachlan and the director of the Community Partnerships program at the Australia Council, Frank Panucci, as a chief investigator on this new research project.  This new project is focusing on developing better ways to evaluate the impacts of community-engaged art.


Start By 1 February 2007
Completed By ongoing
Funding Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Arts NSW and Arts Queensland
Outcomes This project resulted in both a national conference held at RMIT in September 2009 with over 300 attendees.

The project report titled Art, Governance and the Turn to Community was completed in 2010.
Researcher(s) Martin Mulligan
Program Community, Migration and Development
Location(s) Brisbane – Australia
Melbourne – Australia
Sydney – Australia