The Faces In Spaces project was a project hosted by City of Darwin which aimed to activate public spaces that had been identified as ‘hot spot’ locations for anti social behaviour. I applied placemaking principles and delivered arts and cultural activities in these areas to encourage inclusion, community connectedness and increase participation in community life for people of all ages, cultures and means.
This project worked with low income, underrepresented and vulnerable population groups.
The Story Lounge asked a diverse group of people about their experiences in public spaces around Darwin.
Did they feel safe? Did they feel connected to the community?
30 people were interviewed to show a diverse cross section of views from public life in Darwin including people who were living rough or had mental health barriers and were in addiction treatment. Interviews took place at Faces in Spaces’ activities – the Green Room and Arts on the Move, at the Mi Place drop in centre for people with mental health issues and at FORWAARD Aboriginal Corporation.