A vision for a democratic capital, Marion Mahony Griffin rendering (1912).
National Archives of Australia,UNESCO Australian Memory of the World

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About Us

Localjinni screens virtual exhibitions on the street, lighting up park benches, walls, paths and buildings. We transform spaces into places using
visual art, poetry, music, film, oral history and digital stories. Our focus on place recognises the importance of local production and local knowledge.

As an Artist Run Initiative (ARI), our areas of interest include:
• urban play
• creative research
• gender participation and safety
• sustainability—‘looking after Country looks after you’.

Think of us as part of the festival fringe or as art street vendors—operating outside of the branded and franchised tourism events venues.

On our walking or cycling tours, we tell the ‘inside story’ of the places where you work, live and play. Join us on a mission to make our public
spaces more fun,more functional, more of the time

As non-Indigenous Australians we acknowledge the places where we live and work
are Aboriginal land on which sovereignty is still unceded. We are particularly
mindful and respectful of Indigenous ethics of reciprocity— the concept that
looking after Country looks after you.

Meet the locals

Localjinni and the people we work with share a common goal to support local expression, while exploring a ‘sense of place’ through collaboration,
community, leadership and research.

Melinda Smith and Caren Florance

View of the Molongo, February 1962

Melinda Smith and Caren Florance

Melinda won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2014. She currently
co-manages ‘That Poetry Thing’ at Smiths Alternative on Monday nights,
and her latest book is Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017).


Caren is an artist who works within print culture, exploring material
collaborations with poets. Her book with Melinda is called Members
(Recent Work Press + Ampersand Duck, 2017).

Dr Kirsty Guster

Sunken Stories of Old Acton

Kirsty trained and travelled overseas as a classical pianist completing a
PhD on intangibles in music from Griffith University. In 2009, she founded
the community engagement and place-making program Acton Walkways.

With support from an ACT Heritage Grant, she also created the Sunken
Stories of Old Acton project. These stories live on at www.sunkenstories.com

Rosalind Lemoh
when you fall softly

Rox Lemoh

Damien Geary (photographer)

Rosalind creates sculptural objects, assemblage, and light- and text-based
works. In 2008 she received a travelling scholarship from the Spanish
Embassy to research and produce an exhibition on interpretations of death
in 16th century Spanish still life artworks. She has held multiple solo and
group exhibitions across Australia and internationally.

Rosslyn Russell

Marion Mahony Griffin


Roslyn is Chair of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee.
In 2005 she was appointed to the International Advisory Committee of the
UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, serving as its elected chair from
2009 to 2013. Roslyn has conducted Memory of the World workshops around
Australia, in South Korea, in Barbados and Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, and
in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Fiona Hooton and Catrina Vignando

Localjinni—event coordinators

Fiona Hooton and Catrina Vignando

As an artist and arts worker, Fiona is interested in what is and isn’t
memorialised. Her work includes large-scale events and festival
installations as well as permanent and ephemeral public artworks and
exhibitions. Recent work for Localjinni combines her interests in place,
public art and audiences, while exploring the possibilities of urban play
for creative, political and public interventions.

Catrina has worked as an artist, arts manager and curator. Her work includes
managing cultural organisations, and delivering national and international
arts programs with artists and communities.

Lea Collins and Mary Hutchison

Lea Collins and Mary Hutchison

Lea is a sound designer working across mediums – from mixing bands to contributing sound work for exhibitions, theatre and performance. Originally broadcast trained in community radio she has gone on to large scale event work, technical, teaching work and creating electro acoustic composition wherever possible. Her main interest is contemporary radiophonics (audio broadcast and transmitted/replayed into site specific locations). The sound walk is an exciting extension of this practice.


Mary is a writer, curator and public historian with a background in writing for radio and theatre. Her work includes using community memories to create museum exhibitions, heritage site interpretations, publications and public artwork in collaboration with sound designers and visual artists.  She and Lea Collins have created several sound installations together, including Bonegilla Voices, Migration Memories and A Canberra Sound Album. Mary is a visiting fellow at the ANU Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies.

Gordon Hookey 

Gordon Hookey

Gordon works primarily with painting, combining figurative characters, iconic symbols, bold comic-like text and a spectrum of vibrant colours to mock and critic racism. Through this idiosyncratic visual language, he has developed a unique and immediately recognisable style. Gordon locates his art at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. He explicitly attacks the establishment and implicates our current political representatives and other symbols of authority. Gordon is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Queensland College of Art. He is represented by Milani Gallery

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