Charm Schools are part of a broader project Southern Charms which is a touring exhibition that will open at RMIT Gallery in February 2012. The workshops are intended to generate stories and ideas that will be documented in the exhibition.
These workshops are primarily intended to provide ways in which individuals can share hopes and fears with others using the traditions of the lucky charm. They include the following:
- A history of the lucky charm in various times and cultures
- An anatomy of the charm and how it works
- Reflection on those issues that we face as individuals but are not shared at a community level
- The design of simple objects that can be given to someone to offer luck in that particular situation
Beyond the workshop, there is a broader conversation about how we can make others feel lucky through online platforms.
1. A Platform for Creative Partnership
The Australia-India Design Platform is a three-year program of parallel forums, workshops and pilot study. It aims to build a common understanding between Australia and India about how designers and artisans might work productively together. This platform is a step towards the development of a Code of Practice for Creative Collaborations, which will create new opportunities for designers and craftspersons by supporting the ethical and storied value of cultural products.
This Platform will be built on mutual respect, frank discussion, creative play and a focus on long-term outcomes for both designers and artisans.
2. Aims: Sharing ideas and skills
- To create new opportunities for designers and artisans
- To consolidate existing experience about Australia-India partnerships
- To develop innovative strategies for cultural sustainability
- To find a contemporary understanding between Australia and India, village and city
- To contribute to the development of the Code of Practice for Creative Collaborations
a. Map a consensus through the life-cycle of product development
b. Pilot study
To test out the consensus with a particular traditional craft:
- Residency for Australian designer
- ARC Linkage research evaluating its progress
c. Case studies
To share knowledge gained by those who have experience working in both countries:
- Online profiles
- Online discussion forum
- Academic partner: Ethical Design Laboratory
- Industry partners: Australian Craft and Design Centres, including Craft Australia and Craft Victoria; National Association of the Visual Arts; Arts Law
- International partners: Icograda, World Craft Council
- Indian Partners: Craft Revival Trust, Jindal Global Law School, National Institute of Design, Craft Council of India, Delhi Arts Residency
- The Code of Practice for Creative Collaborations will be administered by the New Traditions Foundation
This project is currently open to partnerships with organisations that are engaged with product development. There is also interest in potential partners who are interested in providing venues for discussion, both real and online.
For more information, please visit www.sangamproject.net. For a philosophical context for this, please visit www.thetwohandsproject.net.