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Oxford St Activators

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The Oxford Street Activators are a group of aligned businesses, groups and individuals with a focus on delivering short-term change for long-term gain for the improvement of Oxford Street. As the result of an open workshop held on February 25 at UNSW Art & Design and facilitated by Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler Christchurch) and Kylie Legge (Place Partners), workshop participants developed a series of ideas that they wanted to participate in delivering along Oxford Street.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Build on the creative culture of the area

  • Create pause points to slow down walkers and encourage interaction with the area and its businesses

  • Build partnerships and a collaborative approach to revitalization

Two projects are being actioned with assistance from the Matching Grants Program from the City of Sydney (1st Allocation 2015/2016):

#OxfordStories

This project uses words, poetry and prose to share positive messages about the area and its history, providing a pause point for people to reconnect with the environment.

A program of various installations and programs has been planned for this project including:

  • UNSW Art and Design ‘Special Project’ class. 13 different student projects are to be installed in and around Oxford St.

  • Laneway Learning. This is an organisation that runs a variety of informal evening classes where participants can learn something new in an inexpensive and fun environment. Thee classes are to be held at various venues on Oxford St as a means of attracting new clientele to the area.

  • Art murals. As part of Art and About, an interactive mural painting will be created with the assistance of Work-Shop – an organisation that provides affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. The date and location of this event is yet to be determined

#OxfordStGallery

This project uses art works installed in empty or underutilised shop fronts to rebuild the local art gallery scene, provide a new local economy for artists that builds on the monthly art markets and connects to local pubs and restaurants through a program of artist talks.

A program of various installations and programs has been planned for this project including:

  • Art gallery across local business windows organised by UNSW Art and Design students in combination with administrative support from Place Partners

  • Christmas Windows Exhibition. Support from businesses will be encouraged to participate in the City of Sydney’s annual Christmas Windows Competition. A cluster of participating business would create an attraction and increase business cooperation

For more information on either of the two projects, you can contact Kylie Legge via kylie@placepartners.com.au.

Start date:

Sun, 01.02.2015

End date:

Mon, 01.02.2016