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The Boroondara Arts Initiative is an annual program which engages artists and arts workers to deliver creative work co-designed with the Boroondara community.

Successful applicants receive project guidance and financial support to present a new or existing work that engages the local community.

If these leaves could talk (2020)

Boroondara has a rich botanical history, just imagine what the trees have seen and heard! 

The 2020 Boroondara Arts Initiative project is If these leaves could talk, led by local artist Emily Shannon.  Emily will lead the community through a series of free, online activities, which will contribute to a community art installation at Hawthorn Arts Centre, later in the year.

Activities include visual storytelling, drawing and sustainable art and craft and are aimed for everyone to participate.  The art materials needed for the activities are everyday household items, readily accessible in the home.

Each activity will include easy-to-use instructions, a short video showing you how to complete the activity and templates, along with images, for what the final outcome should be.

Once completed, community members are encouraged to share their work on social media with the hashtag #BoroondaraArtsWithYou.

Community members will have the opportunity to contribute some of their artwork for the final community art installation, and can either mail artworks or drop them in, in person, to Hawthorn Arts Centre.

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Past projects

A Cultured Place (2019)

In 2019, Boroondara Arts commissioned theatre maker David Williams to create A Cultured Place, a new participatory performance work to be created with different members of the Boroondara community.

A Cultured Place reflected on the Boroondara community’s uniqueness and began to open a new conversation about the place of art and culture in rethinking daily life. Part talk-show, part confessional and part celebration, A Cultured Place was a truly unique theatre experience.

A performance of the work took place at the Kew Courthouse on 8 December 2019.


More information

For further information about Boroondara Arts Initiative, email our Cultural Development Officer at [email protected].

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