The Artists Incubator is a public art studio based in Melbourne focused on engaging with urban communities in collaborative projects, exploring the role artistic processes can play in contributing towards strengthening relationships in a targeted community group with less access arts and cultural activities. 

Originally it was established as a visual arts research project investigating how socially engaged public artistic activity can contribute towards and activate increased community engagement and foster a sense of belonging in a targeted suburban area of a major metropolitan city of Melbourne. The study focused on the north of Bell Street precinct of Moreland City Council, in particular the neighbourhood of Glenroy.This research project was initiated and developed by Dr Shane Hulbert and Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert, researchers from RMIT University and former residents in the Glenroy area.

The first case study project Flavours of Glenroy focused on the suburb of Glenroy, a transforming post war suburb of Melbourne, currently facing renewed and complex urban global conditions. Using an action based research methodology, the research project proposed to investigate the impact of public art activities on a focused area of Glenroy’s central activities district. The project grew into establishing a temporary studio and residency where artists were invited to work in the local neighbourhood and develop projects in the area. 

Today, we have expanded beyond the suburb of Glenroy and are continuing to work on public art projects with targeted community groups around Melbourne. Our current project Belonging & the Transient Home is in partnership with the Vicseg Asylum Seekers Social Health Group, exploring ways to integrate artistic processes into the family playgroup environment to develop a meaningful public project for the group.

This research project is part of RMIT University's Centre for Art, Society and transformation, supported by Moreland City Council and funded by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Council

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