The Relationship is the Project events

Please join us for the following events:

Melbourne: launch
featuring presentations from editors and readings from contributors
Monday 3rd February
Abbotsford Convent
from 6pm

Melbourne: discussion event
featuring queer contributors
Thursday 27th February
Hares & Hyenas bookstore
6:30pm for a 7pm conversation

Brisbane: launch
featuring local contributors and practitioners
Friday 13th March
La Boite theatre foyer
from 4pm

Or pre-order now on the Brow Books website.

The Relationship is the Project out soon!

It is less than one month now until a vital new resource for emerging practitioners, artists and cultural workers looking to better engage with community-based projects is out on bookshelves.

Brow Books will publish The Relationship Is The Project on February 3rd in partnership with creative producer Jade Lillie as part of her 2018/19 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

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

To celebrate the release of The Relationship Is The Project, we will be holding a launch party in Melbourne on February 3rd, where you can nab yourself a copy while sipping a tasty beverage and listening to some of the extraordinary contributors read excerpts from their pieces. Read on for more details!

About the book:

Co-edited by Jade Lillie, 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

Launch event:

Jade Lillie, Brow Books, and the Abbotsford Convent all warmly invite you to the Melbourne launch of The Relationship is the Project.

Come celebrate and hear reflections from the editors, as well as some readings from contributors.

Drinks at bar prices, and some food available.

Monday 3rd February from 6pm
Abbotsford Convent, Community Room
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

RSVP@browbooks.com or pre-order now on the Brow Books website.

About the editors:

Jade Lillie is an experienced community cultural development practitioner, arts executive, educator and facilitator. For over a decade, she has been developing her practice and philosophy around the belief that arts and cultural development, underpinned by sound engagement and social justice frameworks, are tools for social and systemic change.

Kate Larsen is a non-profit/cultural consultant, arts manager 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.

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTQI rights activist, writer and educator.

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.

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Melbourne launch for The Relationship is the Project

Jade Lillie, Brow Books, and the Abbotsford Convent all warmly invite you to the Melbourne launch of The Relationship is the Project.

Come celebrate this vital new book! And hear reflections from the editors, as well as some readings from contributors.

Drinks at bar prices, and some food available.

Monday 3rd February from 6pm
Abbotsford Convent, Community Room
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

RSVP@browbooks.com


About the book

The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities

Edited by Jade Lillie, with Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood and Jax Jacki Brown

A brilliant new ‘right now’ resource that aims to assist emerging practitioners, artists and cultural workers better engage with community-based projects.

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 collaboration and leadership to platforming and duty of care.

Featuring 20 curated chapters from thought-leaders across the arts, cultural and community sectors, this unique publication is a must-have resource for community-engaged practice.

Contributors include Genevieve Grieves about working in First Nations contexts; Caroline Bowditch on access and disability; Dianne Jones, Odette Kelada and Lilly Brown on racial literacy; Ruth De Souza and Robyn Higgins on cultural safety in the arts; as well as Esther Anatolitis, Adolfo Aranjuez, Paschal Berry, Lenine Bourke, Tania Cañas, Rosie Dennis, Alia Gabres, Eleanor Jackson, Samuel Kanaan-Oringo, Fotis Kapetopoulos, Kate Larsen, Lia Pa’apa’a, Anna Reece, Daniel Santangeli, and Jade Lillie herself.

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.

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.