What the Heck is 'Placemaking' Anyway?

Not a new buzz word, 'Placemaking' still causes some to wrinkle noses and furrow brows in confusion.

We don’t have all the answers, but during the evening, we hope to unpack some of the mystery in the context of public art, and how installing public artwork makes a place more visually interesting and enjoyable to experience. Public art enables communities and visitors alike to connect with place and space, build community pride, and ultimately, tells a story of the place and space in which it resides. 

The third ARTS DINNER rides shot gun with the Scenic Rim Regional Council's Story Trails and Maker project, off the back of its public launch as part of the LIFE IN FOCUS exhibition.

A selection of significant local stories and landmark locations across the Scenic Rim are showcased revealing remarkable stories of place, with stunning photographs and public artworks, selected from more than 1000 accounts of historical events, places of interest and heritage sites across the region.

The evening will include a very special panel of national and international 'placemakers' expertly facilitated by Creative Director at Vast Yonder, Lincoln SavageScenic Rim Cultural Officer Heritage, RADF and Public Art, Mark Paddick, will take us on a deeper dive of the Story Trail project and what it means to our sense of place. More information on these speakers and another two guests will be added in the near future.

ARTS DINNER August 2022 full

Image credit: Mark Paddick

Vonda Youngman Cultural Centre Mural. Artist: Ben Werner





Tuesday, 2 August

The Centre Beaudesert


5.30 for 6pm start



FREE but registration required for catering purposes.


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Online, at the Box Office, or by phoning 07 5540 5050


As part of the Story Trail project, each guest is invited to make a small, personal contribution: share a story from your own experiences living in the Scenic Rim.

We will have a recording booth available on the night, for you to record your story (if you want to). And in doing so, you  give us permission to include the story in the rich tapestry of the Story Trail project.

The story can be about place, a memory, something historic. If you have a picture to compliment the story, we can scan this on the evening, and record a digital copy.  

More information on our interesting speakers coming soon.


82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert QLD 4285