SHELF is a community library and learning site that supports the gathering of communities through a series of co-curated collections. Collections include new and existing cultural resources (books, magazines, podcasts, games ect) that promote creativity and health and wellbeing, as well as original resources created by communities.
Through collective-curatorship SHELF looks to support multilingual approaches to community health by creating sites outside of the home that encourage the circulation of stories, health messaging and information more widely.
Arts Gen works with collectives of local community members and artists to establish the collections, create resources, and host public programming in culturally specific and responsive ways.
SHELF is a site for intergenerational and intercultural expression and learning through conversation, knowledge-sharing, and artmaking for community by community.
Đất Nước Library is a community-curated library collection of texts from Vietnam and the diaspora. Our aim is to encourage collective literacy, develop shared archives and create connection across the Vietnamese experience. Đất Nước Library celebrates the plurality of the Vietnamese narrative, and inspires to create a more culturally connected and close community.
Established in 2019, Saluhan Collective was created to establish a network between creatives in Australia and the Philippines and has since expanded to include collaborative projects in arts and community development.
H_ME W_RK is a collective of South Asian artists, living and making in the diaspora on unceded lands. H_ME W_RK is made up of Nithya Nagarajan, Priya Pavri S.Shakthidharan and Zainab Syed.
Archiving the Present is a multi-site digital community archive project of archiving-as-creative practice and “remembering as insurgent practice” (Cusicanqui 2020, p.xxxii) from a distinctly Central Americanista y localista perspective (Cañas 2022).
Archiving the Present asks: who gets to be remembered in settler-colonial Australia? How does memory and embodied archiving occur for sites deemed to have no “heritage significance” by national and state-level heritage organisations? What does it mean to engage in acts of creative remembering that sit outside of heritage regimes? How do we remember within displacement and in the context of ongoing dispossession?
Another World Library is a research and art project, based on the importance of imagining socially and ecologically just futures in community. AW has curated a shelf of books for the new Arts Gen Library and will be running a 2 hour workshop, in the Arts Gen space, called Irresistible Futures.