Current Projects

Art & Industry Festival

Initiated by Donna Jackson in partnership with the local community to investigate the relationship of art and industry by acknowledging the past and generating ideas to design the future. Starting in 2016 this biennial festival has taken place three times and ran over ten days in November. The Art & Industry Festival celebrates physical assets, explores challenging ideas and creates work of note artistically. Donna has worked with local designers to construct exotic costumes using local industry offcuts and used local industrial architecture as inspiration for fashion. The festival has also featured film, large-scale events, theatre, installation and car crushing.

The next Art & Industry Festival takes place 18-27 November 2022.

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Art and Social Change, DUST: A Case Study

Written by Donna Jackson and contributing writers, Art and Social Change, DUST: A Case Study, includes articles on the inspiration and influences used to create the style and content of Dust, a large-scale theatre show. The book encompasses:

  • community development methodologies
  • essays by collaborating artists
  • the script and song scores
  • learning resources
  • a recording of original songs by Mark Seymour
  • a half-hour ABC documentary Making Dust by Malcolm McKinnon. 

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Newport Project

The Newport Project was a new and exciting artist, student and community consultation that took place from November 2017 to March 2018.

The project’s aims were to develop design ideas for the Paine Reserve area utilising Placemaking practices and complementing the strategic plans for Melbourne and Hobsons Bay City Council.

The project was initiated by Councillor Peter Hemphill and supported by the Newport Traders Association. Ideas for the project were developed in consultation with local artists, community members, Newport Traders and students and lecturers from the Thrive Research Hub at The University of Melbourne.

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Mentoring and Training Artists

Donna Jackson has pioneered a robust process to support artists in the creation of art works, arts projects and festivals. The model has been applied successfully to Statewide and national projects. The most recent application was for the Art & Industry Festival.

The book Art and Social Change, DUST: A Case Study is a detailed theoretical underpinning of the training method, which includes many practical guides.

Projects where this training was undertaken:
Watch 'Ten Days of Industrial Strength Art'
Read 'Lion Taming Your Arts Project'