Building belonging in a time of
urban density and climate emergency.

social imagination
& civic action

Stylized depiction of Art Centre Melbourne in a paper cut style with a starry sky background.
Photo of Southbank, Melbourne with a pink sky.

“The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something we make, and could just as easily make differently.”

- David Graber

“No offence, but I want to punch the next person who talks about ‘community resilience.’ Everyone wants to talk. No one wants to implement it. No one wants to take action.”

- Southbank service worker

Always was, always will be
We acknowledge and pay respects
to the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung,
the Traditional Owners of
the place now known as Southbank.

“We need stories of belonging that move us toward each other, not from each other; ways of being human that open up the possibilities of being alive together; ways of navigating our differences that deepen our curiosity, that deepen our friendship, that deepen our capacity to disagree, that deepen the argument of being alive. This is what we need. This is the work of imagination.” 

- Pádraig Ó Tuama


In the face of a climate emergency and in an increasingly urbanised and disconnected world, we can find ourselves paralysed. Our ideas feel inadequate to the scale of the challenge, we feel alone in our views, and it’s difficult to know what to do or where to begin.

In Southbank, however, we do know where to begin: with belonging.

Despite being the most densely populated part of Melbourne, home to a rich hospitality sector and one of Australia’s most vibrant arts precincts, many people who live and work in Southbank report feeling disconnected and express a desire to feel a greater sense of belonging to place and community.


This Spring we are convening a diverse group of Southbank community leaders and embarking on a collaborative experiment of imagination and action.

We will work together to imagine how we can contribute to a future the next generation will thank us for.

What's the
big idea?



Do you live or work in Southbank? Do you care about building a regenerative, compelling future for our community?

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Arts + Community