Adelaide artist Jennifer Greer Holmes and Sydney artist Jane Walrut are taking street art, soundscapes, storytelling and skateboarding to 2019 Singapore Design Week (March 4 to 17) to represent the talent and potential of Australia’s UNESCO Creative Cities and developing links between Singapore and Australia.
Jennifer Greer Holmes’ Move Along was inspired by similarities between the post-colonial cities of Adelaide and Singapore, exploring universal stories of love and loss, urban renewal and dispossession. Using the cultural district of Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) as a backdrop, Holmes has designed a soundtrack for the streetscape.
Jane Beeke’s The Community Thread draws on stories of the pre-war Singaporean artistic community to create an immersive literary walk using local street artists and digital designers. She has partnered with Singaporean creatives to design an augmented reality walking tour celebrating the heritage of the BBB district.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The network of 180 cities covers seven fields: Design, Literature, Music, Film, Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts and Gastronomy.
Australia’s UNESCO Creative Cities are Adelaide City of Music, Sydney City of Film, Melbourne City of Literature and Geelong City of Design. Adelaide was designated as a UNESCO City of Music in 2015.
The project has been assisted by the Australian Government
These initiatives build upon the relationship between Australia and Singapore that was formalised with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture in June 2015. The project was an initiative of Australia-Singapore Arts Group to encourage and develop links between Singapore and Australia.
Australia’s UNESCO Creative Cities are Adelaide City of Music, Sydney City of Film, Melbourne City of Literature and Geelong City of Design. Singapore is a UNESCO Creative City of Design.