Investigating if socially engaged artistic practice can strengthen relationships between and within user groups, impact sites and potentially shift people’s perceptions of spaces and sense of safety.
Urban Laboratory: 2014 was an artistic engagement strategy developed in response to Melbourne City Councils plans to install CCTV in Hosier and Rutledge Lanes in order to reduce street crime and property damage in the area.
The project used art practice to investigate the site and issues of safety, and the potential of art in public space to make people feel safer in urban environments.
Research team: Fiona Hillary, Dr. Geoff Hogg, Prof. Elizabeth Grierson, Michaela Hartland, Dr. Tammy Wong-Hulbert.
Contributing artists: Ben Cittadini, Adrian Doyle, Clare McCracken, Ceri Hann, Yandell Walton.