Category Archives: Community Development Projects

The White Building – Tapestries

Works created during a residency at the White Building, Phnom Penh, 2014. Supported by Sa Sa Art Projects.

The single greatest issue facing the residents of the White Building is housing security.  As Cambodia rapidly urbanises, it is the urban poor that are forcibly removed from their homes to make way for shiny new apartment towers they cannot afford.  During a residency at the building, McCracken chatted to the residents of the building about their housing concerns and asked them to teach her how to cross stitch.  The cross stitching of pictorial tapestries was a popular hobby during McCracken’s stay and an effective way to connect with the residents of the White Building. Moving away from the images provided in the tapestry kits, McCracken stitched the grates, bricks and vents that residents had added to the building to make it an effective home.  She then gifted these small bespoke tapestries to some of the residents she got to know.

 

The White Building – Light Workshop

Light Workshop with residents of the White Building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014. Supported by Sa Sa Art Projects.

During a residency at the White Building (a medium density apartment complex for working class Cambodian’s) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, McCracken worked with members of Sa Sa Art projects, and the children that lived in the building, to create costumes filled with LEDs.  Due to their lack of light the hallways of the White Building are considered unsafe and are one of the few areas that children do not play.  By filling the dark hallways with their lit costumes the children filled these spaces with light and laughter.  Over a couple of hours, the participants played glow stick hopscotch, danced an exuberant conga-line, and skipped to the beat of an LED rope, all within the apartment complexes tight, internal hallways.

Our Place

Our Place, 2014. Two-month residency in Fawkner, Melbourne. Conceived, written and illustrated by Clare McCracken, photography by Pia Johnson. Supported by Moreland City Council and North Western Mental Health.

In 2014, artist Clare McCracken and photographer Pia Johnson, spent two months exploring Fawkner, a suburb in Melbourne, Australia. This artist book documents the people they interviewed, the stories they collected, the photos they took and the illustrations they drew. It is a record of the people, objects, architecture and stories that make Fawkner unique – the narratives of place.

 

Evolution

Evolution. An eight-week program involving up to eight young people who are not currently studying or employed. Those involved in the program work one on one with artist Clare McCracken in a flexible, supported studio environment, to create art and develop his or her own arts practice. Evolution is a partnership between the City of Melbourne and Signal, Frontyard Youth Service, City LLEN and IMVC and is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and Newsboys Foundation.

Cowrider

Cowrider.  Winter exhibition on Sk8board, a rotating public art platform in Knoxfield.  Image sourced from the Gilbert family documenting Ken Gilbert, now 83, standing on the back of a pet cow on his uncle’s dairy farm.  The Gilbert’s dairy was located on the site prior to the surrounding housing development.  A Knox City Council project.
Cowrider. Winter exhibition on Sk8board, a rotating public art platform in Knoxfield. Image sourced from the Gilbert family documenting Ken Gilbert, now 83, standing on the back of a pet cow on his uncle’s dairy farm. The Gilbert’s dairy was located on the site prior to the surrounding housing development. A Knox City Council project.