In 2013 I co-founded the Urban Fabric collective. This two year experimental project aimed to better use and reveal the potential of vacant urban spaces. It aimed to open up these spaces for film nights, art exhibitions and other community events, whilst bringing together local citizens.
Urban Fabric consisted a group of volunteers passionate about matching local creative talent with activation of under-utilised urban places and vacant land through exhibitions, outdoor cinema and temporary events. We partnered with a range of local businesses, organisations, artists, volunteers and other individuals for these non-profit events, including; 3000 Acres, Neometro, MAP Magazine, DC8 Studio, and Consolidated Properties.
A particular highlight were the number of 'Secret Cinema' nights we ran in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, in a range of disused buildings, vacant outdoor spaces and other interesting nooks of urban space. Urban Fabric's 'Secret Cinema' nights showcased and promoted local film-makers short-films and exhibited local artists' work.
You can read more about the Urban Fabric collective and our Secret Cinema events in this Factory Diaries interview with me.
In September 2014 I was also kindly invited to speak at the Architecture + Design Scotland Pecha Kucha event 'Pretty Vacant' about the Urban Fabric Collective and potential of vacant spaces: