New creative partnership brings Quadrangle to life

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Quadrangle – Lismore’s new greenspace and creative playground in the heart of the city – will come to life with events and activities thanks to a partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.

The partnership has enabled the appointment of Marisa Snow as the Quadrangle Placemaking Officer to ensure a diverse program of activities over the next three years.

“Southern Cross and Lismore City Council both have a shared vision and commitment to the role that ideas, creativity and collaboration can play in activating the CBD of Lismore,” Southern Cross University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Ben Roche said.

“Our students and researchers have a key role in enriching the communities in our background as part of realising our vision as Australia’s engaged university.”

The Quad is strategically located between the new Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore Library, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and the Social Futures Clubhouse. It was previously the location of the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education, the precursor to Southern Cross University.

Activities kick-off on Friday, 8 December with the lighting of Lismore’s recycled bicycle Christmas tree along with the installation of a free book swap miniature library.

From 8 February next year, the collaboration will launch Thursday Night Live!, a monthly exploration of topical issues and live ideas with discussions led by researchers, thought leaders and creatives. Southern Cross University students and staff will feature as presenters and collaborators as will local and national artists. The program will delve into the latest, and sometimes dangerous, ideas in art, culture, science, politics and the lives behind those driving the scene.

The community will be encouraged to embrace the outdoor nature of the Quad through an open-air residency program called Plein Air, which will explore the use of public space through collective experimentation. Southern Cross University visual arts student Rosanna Pimm will be hosting the first residency from 5 February to 5 March with her installation/performance work Riots of Passage.

“I am thrilled to have this unique and exciting opportunity to collaborate with the people of Lismore. I’m essentially seeing the Quad as Lismore’s new backyard,” Quadrangle Placemaking Officer Marisa Snow said.

“I believe it is absolutely key that we harness the power of local creatives, students, researchers and organisations to make a well-used and loved space for people to gather, relax, find inspiration and be surprised.”

Marisa has more than 15 years experience in site-specific events and arts management, and has worked with some of Australia’s leading arts institutions such as NORPA, Splendour in the Grass and the Sydney Festival. Over the past three years, Marisa has specialised in placemaking and activation of public spaces, delivering numerous large-scale placemaking projects for Byron Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Creative Road Art Projects.

To view the full program and be informed of Quad activities as they evolve, visit the Quad Facebook page at

Image: Celebrating a new partnership to bring events and placemaking activities to the Lismore Quadrangle over the next three years are (l-r) Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Adam Shoemaker, Quadrangle Placemaking Officer Marisa Snow and Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith.

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