Thomas Dudley and Jack Mitchell are collaborating to produce research exploring relationships with water, indigeneity and urbanism.

Both Jack and Thomas

Jack Mitchell is an designer with Noongar heritage working with a focus on indigenous design and architecture. Thomas Dudley works in cultural production focusing on edge cultures.

The Project

Black, White and Bluespace is a research project about water, indigeneity and urbanism that considers how we can benefit from cultural knowledge to foster future development. The research will take shape in the form of an archive, with indigenous relationships to water forming the basis for a series of conversations on urban development in Melbourne. Alongside the production of a podcast, the project will contribute to a number of public events such as Melbourne Design Week and the Indigenous Design Symposium.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?

The Creator’s Fund Grant will allow us to explore connections that exist between the future, present and past. With a focus on creative research, we will be able to undertake an exploration of cultural knowledge in a dimension that may not have otherwise been possible. 

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?

Time is a construct and yet undeniably finite. This grant will afford us the time to investigate something meaningful. 

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?

We are looking forward to the journey and discoveries we expect will transpire with this research. 

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?

We hope this project will be the start of many future collaborations, connections and education on around land, culture, identity and design.