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Public Assembly is collaboration between Lynda Roberts and Ceri Hann.

We are a socially engaged arts and design practice. The core of our work is based around facilitating group workshops and installations intended to activate creative thinking. These often occur in areas that are located in public buildings and venture into public space. The nature of these activities ranges from group participation in jewellery construction through to beach raking to battery powered electronic device re-configuration and sound performance.

Our practice is driven by our desire to enable others with skills and inspiration to creatively engage with their immediate environment. We work towards this by devising participatory workshops and immersive lo-tech public art installations. Public Assembly has been commissioned to create temporary site-specific installations for local governments (Moreland, Geelong and Dandenong City Councils) and presented works at a range of festivals across Australia.

Public Assembly acts as our arts laboratory generating ideas through action, while Ceri is engaged in academic pursuits at RMIT University and Lynda manages Public Art Melbourne at the City of Melbourne. For 2016 Public Assembly is working towards the conversion of a Bedford Ice-cream van into a mobile workshop and presentation space.

Below is a link to our Flickr photo page of projects and adventures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/publicassembly/sets/

 

Lynda Roberts

Lynda Roberts is a design and arts practitioner interested in the creation of community spaces, cultural events and art installations – with an emphasis on socially driven collaborative processes and temporal outcomes within the public realm.

Drawing on a background of architecture, festival and radio production, design education and arts management, Lynda’s practice builds upon the potential of a project’s existing conditions with an emphasis on collaborative processes and temporal outcomes. She does this by developing frameworks and spatial conditions that support creative thinking through action.

As an artist provocateur for a range of national interdisciplinary art laboratories, Lynda has continued this line of enquiry. Including: Belconnen Commons, ACT (2015), Situate: Art in Festivals (2013), Artist Wants a Life, Alice Springs(2012), Encounter(s) (2012), Splendid Lab (2010/11) andUnderbelly Arts (2011).

As manager of Public Art Melbourne at the City of Melbourne, Lynda supports artists to realise their ideas for city sites, to interpret its places and invent new experiences. Commencing in the role in early 2014, Lynda delivered the Public Art Framework 2014-17 and is currently leading a suite of new initiatives including Test Sites and the Biennial Lab.

 

Ceri Hann

Ceri Hann is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary arts practitioner. His practice consists of developing participatory art forms intended to enhance the conditions for collective idea generation. He uses accessible low-tech devices to engage people that may not consider themselves artists, enabling them to explore the dynamics of public space. The gifting of metaphorical objects to instigate philosophical discourse is a recent development that stems from his current PhD research.