Cover and contributors revealed

Behold the beautiful cover for The Relationship Is The Project!

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“We at Brow Books are so thrilled and honoured to be able to play a part in this whole undertaking,” the publisher announced this morning. “We are currently making a book that will match the quality and importance of the work on its pages.”

Out in February 2020, this book is a vital new resource that aims to assist emerging practitioners, artists and cultural workers better engage with community-based projects.

Brow Books will publish The Relationship Is The Project in partnership with creative producer Jade Lillie as part of her 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

Co-edited with Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood and Jax Jacki Brown, the breadth of the advice shared in this non-academic, practitioner-led book includes insights into the ethics and logistics of working in community contexts from thought-leaders across the arts, cultural and community sectors.

Contributors and their pieces

  • Genevieve Grieves – First Peoples First

  • Alia Gabres – Intersectionality

  • Eleanor Jackson – The Art of Collaboration

  • Tania Cañas – Ethics and Self-Determination

  • Caroline Bowditch – Access and Inclusion

  • Samuel Kanaan-Oringo and Rosie Dennis – Creating Communities

  • Lia Pa’apa’a – Creatively and Culturally Safe Spaces

  • Adolfo Aranjuez – Platforming for Community: Going beyond surface representation

  • Ruth De Souza and Robyn Higgins – Cultural Safety

  • Dianne Jones, Odette Kelada and Lilly Brown – Racial Literacy: what is ‘race’ and why is it so important to understand?

  • Esther Anatolitis – The Role of the Institution

  • Anna Reece – The Role of Festival Making

  • Daniel Santangeli – Working with Queer Communities and Artists

  • Lenine Bourke – Age, Autonomy and Radical Flexibility: Collaborating with Children and Young People

  • Fotis Kapetopoulos – Audiences and Cultural Diversity

  • Kate Larsen – Duty of Care

  • Jade Lillie – Introduction to community engaged practice; #EpicFail; The Relationship is the Project

  • Paschal Berry – No End Date: timeframes and expectations

This unique publication is a must-have resource for community-engaged practice.

Pre-order now on the Brow Books website.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is also supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

This project is an outcome from Jade Lillie’s time as a 2018/19 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. Thank you to Sidney Myer Fund for supporting artists and practitioners through the Creative Fellowship and associated initiatives.

Brow Books partnership announced

Thanks to the support of the Victorian Government through a VicArts grant announced this month, The Relationship is the Project will be published in partnership with Brow Books in 2019.

Contributors to The Relationship is the Project include: Genevieve Grieves on working in First Nations cultural contexts, Dianne Jones, Odette Kelada and Lilly Brown on Racial Literacy, Ruth De Souza and Robyn Higgins on cultural safety in the arts, and Caroline Bowditch on access and ableism, along with Adolfo Aranjuez, Alia Gabres, Anna Reece, Daniel Santangeli, Eleanor Jackson, Esther Anatolitis, Fotis Kapetopoulos, co-editor Kate Larsen, Lenine Bourke, Lia Pa’apa’a, Paschal Berry, Rosie Dennis, Samuel Kanaan-Oringo, Tania Cañas and Lillie herself. The team of co-editors and sensitivity readers also includes Cara Kirkwood and Jax Jacki Brown.

The advice they share will include insights into the ethics and logistics of working in community contexts – from collaboration and leadership to platforming and duty of care.

“Not only is this book a timely resource for the sector at large, it is an essential contribution to the conversations taking place across the country on diversity, inclusion and best practice,” publisher Sam Cooney says.

The Relationship is the Project

A clear agenda, an ability to listen, and a commitment to putting other people in the spotlight are just some of the attributes practitioners need to work effectively in community contexts.

These will be outlined in a new resource that aims to help practitioners, artists and cultural workers better engage with community-based projects.

Commissioned and curated by Jade Lillie as part of her Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, ‘The Relationship is the Project’ will be both non-academic and practitioner-led, including chapters from thought-leaders across Australia’s arts, cultural and community sectors.

“From ‘CCD’ to ‘CACD’ to old-fashioned ‘community arts’, not having a shared terminology around community-engaged practice means we have not had a united message, voice or set of principles for this work,” Lillie says.

As a result, the trajectory of community arts, community cultural development and community engaged practice is potentially not being captured, by ‘right now’ practitioners, in a way that tells the full story of how to develop and define these important arts and cultural experiences. Very few resources are currently available that that haven’t been developed in an academic or institutional context.

“This book is intended to be a solid starting point for anyone who is wanting to get a range of expertise and perspectives around them to inform their practice in community engaged contexts,” says Lillie.

“Thanks to additional support from the Australia Council, we’ve been able to commission extraordinary leaders such as Genevieve Grieves and Caroline Bowditch, to share their wisdom about working in First Nations cultural contexts or access and disability respectively,” she says.

See the contributors page of this website for a full list of practitioners involved with the publication.

And watch this space for more information about The Relationship is the Project coming soon.