FACES & PLACES documentary video


Project objectives were evaluated using quantitative and qualitative methods. Given the project was story-based, the evaluation of participant experience was collected mainly through narrative reflections using a range of tools including a survey, interviews, meetings and anecdotal feedback.

Key learning's:

  1. Using story sharing and art between participants to build a sense of community resulted in feelings of connection to others and pride of their contribution to the local area. The celebration event provided a small opportunity for pen/art pals to meet in person. Future projects should prioritise sustained in-person activities, where possible and within COVID-19 guidelines. Participants told us it was important for them to contribute to their neighbourhood. Coburg Library staff observing the public viewing the mural sensed feelings of pride, with participants and the public stopping by to talk about the mural and point out recognisable pictures by participants.
  2. Counteracting ageism by facilitating unique intergenerational connections had a positive impact on the understanding of some younger people toward older people. In the post-project survey, numerous younger people said they learnt that "you can have a lot of things in common with someone older than you" and that "no matter what age people can become friends".
  3. Increasing a sense of social connection in people experiencing isolation during COVID-19 restrictions helped participants feel more connected with others while confined in their homes. One participant, a resident from a local nursing home was quarantining alone in a room for 14 days with the pen/art pal workbook the only contact during this time. For some younger participants, the project and connection activities calmed stress and anxiety created by lockdown conditions. "The project was like a refuge. I was a bit worried about how my family, and grandma and granddad were going [during lockdown]. This project helped me to feel you're helping while you're not there".
  4. An effective place activation model in enhancing civic pride and place ownership, increasing social & economic activity and delivering the project using ‘joined together action. Participants told us that "the best part was that I got to be part of something that the whole community can see and enjoy". News of the project, mural and the documentary video was widely shared amoung the local community with a real sense of pride and ownership beyond the project participants. Art made "by Coburg people, for Coburg. People can see themselves and places they know in the mural. A project like this can change someone from just being an anonymous passer-by to someone who has a connection and sense of belonging to the place". 9 internal Council teams collaborated to deliver this project through a shared budget, and willingness to ‘pitch in’ for the communities benefit. Teams each contributed their unique expertise, resulting in better community outcomes and more efficient delivery for Council. The number of Council staff and participants involved created a lot of complexity, and ultimately the committed project manager was more effective in coordinating and delivering the tasks rather than a more dispersed responsibility.
  5. Supporting the local economy through employment of local artists in the 2020/2021 financial year to deliver the project at a time when lockdown restrictions limited creative income helped financially and created a small amount of job opportunities for the artists. "One person asked me to paint his shop and two locals asked me to paint their garages". The local traders association also employed one of the project artists to transform the mural into bin wraps for the Coburg Activity Centre.

Celebration event, Friday 26 March 2021:

Moreland's Mayor, Councillor Annalivia Carli Hannan and Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Henderson welcomed participants to join together and celebrate their work. Participants ‘pen/art pals’ got to meet each other for the first time... finally! whilst COVID restrictions were eased.

It was a wonderful event where certificates of appreciation were presented to participants and personal work books collected as keep sakes. The pure joy on faces being able to meet their pen/art pal in real life was positively priceless. Thank you again, to all participants, carers, parents, grandparents, teachers and project team members for giving your time and talent.

A copy of the celebration event presentation is available in the Document Library on this page and photos added to the above picture roll.

Artist update (Steph Hughes and Glen Walton of Playable Streets), December 2020:

"Hello! We've just spent an amazing 8 days (December 2020) painting the walls at the Coburg Library - such a bustling corner! We had incredible chats with people throughout the whole process, and it was great to see their reactions as the colour was added and as the images crept down the wall. The positivity from the locals around that zone has been another fantastic interactive element in this project. Alongside us (Steph and Glen) we had a great team painting - Raven, Peter, Charlotte, and Tom Civil - everyone put in a lot of hours and we're absolutely thrilled with the wall, and how people of all ages stopped and checked out all the imagery on it - it instigated a lot of chatting, smiling, and photography! We had fantastic drawings to work with - and something from every single participant has made it up in the mural - a place, face, bird, words, train, dog, flower, etc - I'm really happy how its all come together as a big colourful patchwork representation/reflection of our vibrant community. A few locals came and asked us to paint more of it on their garages :) which I think is a great sign. We thank everyone involved for the energy brought to the project this wacky year - it was truly enjoyable to make and share something as a community, (especially while going through a time of social distancing), and we're thrilled with how it all came together. Thank you so much, and have a fantastic summer."

CHECK OUT an online gallery of all participants drawings of their favourite 'FACES & PLACES' of Coburg at Playable Streets - an online version of the project to share with one and all.

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Participant update, October 2020:

To build more connections between participants, their friends and family, and the broader community we thought we'd ask a few participants if they would like to share their 'FACES & PLACES' experiences. At the top of this page are images from Zoom meetings, plus some drawings from our brilliant participant artists and photos of a few participants completing the work books :) This project has revealed the deep affection Moreland residents have for their homes and gardens – and their personal stories and connections to the Moreland community.

Below some quotes from these interviews.

  • "The project is from the community for the community."
  • "It’s really good to make artwork and it’s really fun."
  • "I love this area so much, I’m very active and go to all the library events, do a lot of volunteer work. To have something that’s me over there [the library] is very cool. I’m very honoured [to be involved]".
  • "It will be nice to meet new people doing this, because right now we have no social interaction whatsoever."
  • "I wanted to express and include some of my upbringing [in the project] and how crucial it was to who I am today."
  • "I’m interested in the project because it’s kind of cool to think that I did that or we did that."
  • "I loved reading about what my partner liked and their favourite place and who they were. You felt like you could get to know them"
  • "‘The best part was that I got to be part of something that the whole community can see and enjoy"
  • "Being a resident of Coburg for so long it was a great way for me to put a little bit of myself into the area"

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