Urban Futures

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Creative Collaborative Project - Urban Futures is the project outcome of the first DiG Space Program, which ran from February to May 2018.

DiG Space – First Mentorship and Residency program (February – May 2018) 

The DiG is a creative and professional development program for emerging Western

Sydney digital artists/designers within their first five years of professional practice.

‘Urban Futures’

Creative Collaborative Project - Urban Futures is the project outcome of the first DiG Space Program, which ran from February to March 2018.

This digital art installation is a unique thought provoking and beautiful video with captivating original composed music. This work of artwork is a credit to the great talent of the creative team from Greater Western Sydney. The goal of the artwork is to engage people in a positive way with trees and foster a greater appreciation for the range of values and benefits that they provide. 

David Clarkson: Mentor

The mentor for the first program of the DiG Space Program was David Clarkson, Artistic Director of Stalker Theatre.  Stalker Theatre is one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies, celebrating over two decades of outstanding achievement in the production of innovative, inter-disciplinary, physical and visual theatre. Stalker are at the forefront of multidisciplinary theatre practice, utilising interactive technology and projection fused with aerials, dance and acrobatics, to tell stories.  https://www.stalker.com.au/

Selected Creatives Team

  • Adam McPhilbin

Diploma in Camera Fundamentals, Australian Film Television and Radio School - Freelance Camera Operator, Cinematographer/Visual Effects Compositor and Editor.

  • Neil Hawkins

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) WSU - Brand & Identity, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Animation.

  • Me - Lee Hay

Me-Lee Hay is a graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS). With training in classical piano (A. Mus. A), cello and theory.

Composer – Film score, dance & interactive media, musician.

Award winning Australian Composer.  

  • Dr Petar Jovanov

Doctorate in Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music (Honours), BMus (Hons), University of Western Sydney (UWS). Discipline of Music composition for Multi-media, Music producer & freelance, composer and professional musician.

  • Dr Peter Long

Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Music (Honours) First Class, Composer- practising musician, songwriter and sound engineer and graphic designer.

Creative collaboration to tell the story

Over the 16-week mentorship and residency program David Clarkson, Artistic Director of Stalker Theatre, mentored five emerging creatives in developing specific skills and knowledge to enhance individual professional practice and established these creatives into a multi-disciplinary team. The newly formed creative team was given a ‘live’ creative brief to develop and extending their practice and form a collaborative component building their capacity to work with and across creative disciplines.

This ‘live’ brief was developed by Penrith City Council’s Sustainability Department seeking the DiG Space Creative team to explore imaginative ways to tell the story about the important of trees and ground cover within our City and Urban environments and the enjoyment that trees can bring.

Creative brief

The subject of the creative brief for the first round program was: The value and benefits of trees and green cover within the urban and city environments.


In 2015 Council adopted our cooling the City Strategy, to help make the region cooler during extreme heat in summer. The Strategy identified increasing tree planting as one of the key actions to achieve a cooler region. This includes on Council owned land such as reserves, roadsides, and nature strips, but also on resident’s own properties. However resident’s views can sometimes be polarised on trees, particularly when they are close to their own homes and businesses, so we want to promote their benefits.

Cooling the City Strategy – August 2015

  • Investigate innovative approaches to build community support and ownership of green infrastructure e.g. Adopt a street tree, Shade ways.
  • Encourage new and refurbished buildings to contribute to a landscaped, cooler and more sustainable City Centre through design including shade trees, water features, rooftop and vertical gardens
  • Develop, resource and implement an enhanced Street Tree Master plan

The City and Urban - Cooling the City

  • Housing styles - standalone suburban housing, high density residential apartments, units and town houses.
  • City and Urban streets
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