New creative partnership brings Quadrangle to life

Published 20 November 2017
Quad partnership launch Marisa Snow (foreground) with Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker and Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith.

The Quadrangle – Lismore’s new green space and creative playground in the heart of the city – is set to come to life with events and activities thanks to a partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.

The partnership has enabled the appointment of Marisa Snow as the Quadrangle Placemaking Officer to ensure a diverse program of activities over the next three years.

“Southern Cross and the Lismore City Council both have a shared vision and commitment to the role that ideas, creativity and collaboration can play in activating the CBD of Lismore,” said Mr Ben Roche, Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Southern Cross University.

“Our students and researchers have a key role in enriching the communities in our background as part of realising our vision as Australia’s engaged university.”

The Quad is strategically located between Lismore Library, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, the Social Futures Clubhouse and the new Lismore Regional Gallery. It was the location of the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education, the precursor to Southern Cross University.

Activities kick-off on Friday December 8 with the lighting of the Christmas tree along with the installation of a free book swap miniature library.

From February 8 next year, the collaboration will launch Thursday Night Live! a monthly exploration of topical issues and live ideas with discussions lead by researchers, thought leaders and creatives. Southern Cross University students and staff will feature as presenters and collaborators as will local and national artists. The program will delve into the latest, and sometimes dangerous, ideas in art, culture, science, politics and the lives behind those driving the scene.

The community will be encouraged to embrace the outdoor nature of the Quad through an open-air residency program called Plein Air which will explore the use of public space through collective experimentation. Southern Cross University visual arts student Rosanna Pimm will be hosting the first residency from February 5 to March 5 with her installation/performance work Riots of Passage.

“I am thrilled to have this unique and exciting opportunity to collaborate with the people of Lismore. I’m essentially seeing the Quad as Lismore’s new backyard!” said Marisa.

“I believe it is absolutely key that we harness the power of local creatives, students, researchers and organisations to make a well-used and loved space for people to gather, relax, find inspiration and be surprised.”

Marisa has more than 15 years’ experience in site-specific events and arts management, and has worked with some of Australia’s leading arts institutions such as NORPA, Splendour in the Grass and Sydney Festival. Over the past three years, Marisa has specialised in placemaking and activation of public spaces, delivering numerous large-scale placemaking projects for Byron Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Creative Road Art Projects.

View the full program and be informed of the Quad activities as they evolve at the Quad Facebook page www.facebook.com/LismoreQuadrangle

Photo: Lismore City Council.

Media contact: Sharlene King, Media Officer, Southern Cross University 02 6620 3508 or 0429 661 34