Susan Maco Forrester x Cubbies
Interstellar Superheroes engages and collaborates with the children that gather and play at Cubbies, the Fitzroy Housing Estate's Adventure Playground. Cubbies have provided a safe outdoor space in the grounds of the Fitzroy Public Housing Estate for over 40 years. The Adventure Playground that is the home to Cubbies, was born in 1979, the international year of the Child, based on the tenement that all children have the right to free and safe play. Throughout its history, Cubbies has welcomed and supported many children from diverse backgrounds as migration to Melbourne evolved, and continuously provides opportunities for creativity and imaginative play, offering a safe haven for children, many from the nearby Fitzroy Housing Estate, providing supervised play and an opportunity to develop their physical, social and life skills.
Centre for Projection Art with artist Susan Maco Forrester, assisted by Billy Raffin, are engaging Cubbies middle years program (aged 8-12) in a series of workshops, guiding and supporting these kids to create a large-scale public artwork to be shared with their wider community. The impacts of COVID-19 on Melbourne and especially those in public housing has been greatly felt. These children have been unable to gather, play, share and connect as they normally would through 2020 and now in 2021.
This project has been proudly funded by Nelson Alexander Community Day, The Electric Canvas, and Vic Health.
Susan Maco Forrester is a Somali-Scottish Public artist, who lives and works on the lands of the people of the Kulin Nations, in Melbourne Australia.
As an accomplished public artist and creative producer, Susan specialises in practice led social practice. Themes of identity and otherness across social and site-specific contexts inform her practice. Susan's work encompasses creative enquiries into personal experience that may be imbued with conflicting notions of Identity; imposed, refused, embraced and reclaimed. The artist employs reflective and reflexive methods to create safe spaces, to engage and encourage people from diverse communities to share and explore cultural knowledge to create theme based collaborative creative ‘remixes’ utilising digital projection and sound.
Susan has recently completed a Masters of Art, Art in Public Space at RMIT University, Melbourne and is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor's List award.