Space, Place and Spirit: Imagining the Everyday

By Mel Gray and Leanne Schubert.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul, Lucy Lippard’s Lure of the Local and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, while written from different perspectives, share resonance in their consideration of thinking about everyday life, the spaces we inhabit and the importance of imagination. When these three factors come together it is possible to envision the world anew with greater heart, soul and humanity. This paper aims to creatively engage the reader and stimulate thinking about the kind of world we prefer to live in through combining images and words relating to the spaces we inhabit.

Keywords: Everyday Life, Social Work, Art, Spirituality, Community

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.157-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.836MB).

Prof Mel Gray

School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Indigenous and international (comparative) social work; Social work and art (artful practice and creativity in social work); Experience-based learning in social work education; Health needs of children in foster care; Social entrepreneurship and community-business partnership development; Homelessness; Social work ethics and politics (moral and political theory for social work).

Leanne Schubert

PhD Candidate, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Leanne is a social worker with over twenty years of direct practice experience in fields as diverse as child protection, out of home care, disability services and community health following completion of her Bachelor of Social Work in 1984 at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She has an interest in and commitment to the practice of narrative ideas within social work. She is currently employed on a part time basis as a social worker in Community Health in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. In 2003 she commenced lecturing on a sessional basis at the University of Newcastle in the Bachelor of Social Work Program engaging in the innovative experience based learning model of teaching and learning utilized there. Her teaching strengths lie in the area of direct practice skills. Leanne has a long standing interest in the arts and culture. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Studies. In 2005 she commenced a research higher degree at the University of Newcastle with the intention of combining her major areas of interest – Art, Social Work and Social Change.


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