Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Talk about my and Lisa's signwriting exhibition and mural project - Tuesday next week at 4pm in Footscray

Next Tuesday at 4pm I'm running a seminar in Footscray about our 'Keepers of Ghosts' signwriting exhibition and mural painting project. Everyone is welcome. Here's the blurb:

The seminar will feature both Stefan and professional sign artist and historian Tony Mead, who also played a leading role in the project.

The Keepers of Ghosts project began when 10,000 records from a former sign-painting company were rescued from a demolition site in Footscray, Melbourne.

Beginning with the creation of an online document archive (www.lewisandskinner.com), the project has since developed into an experimental community research project involving sign writers, shopkeepers, local history aficionados, students and people interested in ‘ghost signs’, or the remains of painted advertising signs. Activities have included a seminar, a blog, an online survey, student projects and a 2013 exhibition in a local cafĂ©, the wall of which was used as a canvas for the communal painting (by Tony Mead and helpers) of a signwriting-related mural. Over 200 people visited the exhibition, and the project featured on the Channel Ten news, ABC Radio, The Age and local newspapers.

In this presentation Stefan and Tony will discuss a number of interrelated threads:

  • Tony’s reflections on the project from the point of view of a sign painting professional
  • the widespread and growing use of sociable mediato informally document and share otherwise-forgotten aspects of urban memory, generating a form of ‘network sociality’ connected to place and belonging; 
  •  the proposition that the interplay between digital and physical archival activities can be harnessed to involve and connect diverse groups of people with shared interests, invoking the notion of a ‘museum without walls’;
  • some preliminary findings from the project interviews, written comments and surveys

Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014
Venue: Room T109, Bld T, Victoria University, Footscray Nicholson Campus (cnr Buckley and Nicholson Streets, Footscray)
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm

As numbers will be limited please RSVP by Monday 26 May to polly.probert@vu.edu.au. Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested.


  1. Sorry I can't make it, have a great event!

  2. Thanks Dana - we have had to postpone anyway due to an emergency in my family. Will let you know when the newt date is.

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