Public Artist, Designer and Director, Vertebrae

Graham Chalcroft founded Vertebrae, a multi-disciplinary studio specialising in public art, placemaking, interpretive design, education and cultural planning for urban and natural environments. Graham believes that social engagement and participatory processes are key elements to telling meaningful community stories and interpreting the rich and complex layers of a site.

“Commissioned and personal projects intersect art, science and ecology through biological contexts on the macro and microscopic scale. Sustainable material use, renewable energy technologies and biophilic design principles inform the practice”.

Graham currently contributes to the South Western Sydney Health and Arts Reference Group and The Living Future Institute Australian Biophilic Design Initiative Advisory Panel. Vertebrae’s studio is at Addison Road Community Centre.

Presentation Summary: PLACES FOR THE PEOPLE

Highly visual presentation of case studies that demonstrate:

  • Public-private sector and community partnerships and resource sharing
  • Creative community engagement and participatory strategies
  • Cross-cultural (First People/CALD) engagement and collaboration
  • Grassroots environmental awareness, interpretation and education
  • Temporary and permanent art and ecology place making activation