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PROJECTS | Some interesting turns

Our project work has taken some interesting turns of late. As part of upcoming G20 programming, Harbinger Consultants will be acting as Cultural Producer for two half day events to be held in Brisbane’s suburban parks in November. These events will be two of six occurring across suburban Brisbane. With much of the city in lockdown during the G20, residents will have access to high quality local events. Harbinger will develop curatorial direction and engage residents to provide an affordable day out. The events will offer a range of culinary, creative and active opportunities to fuel minds and bodies. The events will be designed to also offer social spaces for meeting and interacting. We’ve just had our first creative and concept development meeting about the possibilities. We’re excited!

Also, we’ve been invited to deliver guest lectures with John presenting a series of lectures at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University at both Southbank and Gold Coast, and Linda presenting a lecture on regional economic development to QUT’s planning program. Having completed a mentoring partnership with Mathilde Bach Stougaard who has now completed the Master of Creative Industries, John is continuing his involvement in the QUT Career Mentor Scheme. Over the next year John will be mentoring Jess Golding who is working on her major project for the Master of Creative Industries (Interactive and Visual Design).

As part of his involvement with the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research’s Indigenous Led Enterprise project, John will be travelling to Canberra to meet with the Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, to discuss the project and other support for Indigenous enterprise and economic development. John continues his involvement with an emerging enterprise in regional Queensland. The initiative is intended to commercialise Indigenous traditional knowledge and deliver economic and employment outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

Linda will also be undertaking research for a University of Western Sydney project exploring open data and urban governance. The research, for project instigator Dr Sarah Barns, will gather information to build several case studies that demonstrate the interaction of open data and governance. This involves interrogation of both the policy and practice dimensions of open data and digital policy.

Linda was also commissioned to contribute an article for an upcoming issue of Artlink addressing ‘sustainability’, the first issue to be produced by recently appointed editor, Eve Sullivan. The feature article focuses on arts projects and practices that actively engage with or develop ‘the commons’ and commoning.


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