In the absence of a formal university this far from Melbourne, the residents of Lake Tyers are sharing their expertise and skills through a “Communiversity.”
Lake Tyers, East Gippsland is 327 kilometres from Melbourne and the locals started their Communiversity after conversations were held around a table at a pub, a breakfast cart and at local festivals.
“We’ve just made it up ourselves,” co-founder Andrea Lane said.
“It came about because of an arts project — we started gathering around a very long table at the local pub and it just kept evolving and growing.
“It became apparent there are experts among us and that this knowledge could be shared and could become a forum for learning.”
Communiversity was loosely structured and used the whole of the Lake Tyers Beach township and wider East Gippsland network.
Different groups with different interests have worked on projects at the community garden, the town hall, walking tracks, the pub and around the Lake Tyers estuary and beach.
“We are all developing new skills and reclaiming the buildings of the Lake Tyers town.”
So far the Communiversity has had workshops, discussions, exhibitions and festivals about the environment, weather, fine arts, dancing, first aid, bird watching, big ideas, food, literature, philosophy, astronomy, citizen science and more.
The Communiversity has supported the development of FLOAT, a floating art space that gives residency to artists, both local and from far and wide.
The people in residency at FLOAT, as well as getting time to work on their practice, have given back to the community and shared their skills with the town. FLOAT brought to Lake Tyers musicians, artists, writers, scientists and thinkers.
“Communiversity is an ephemeral concept that’s a work in process,” says Andrea Lane.
“It’s not a formal thing, it’s not a built thing, it responds to what we know and what we contribute.”
Caroline Crunden was part of Communiversity and said listening to locals was a key part.
“There’s plenty of culture here already, we just really have to find it and allow it to bubble up to the surface,” Ms Crunden said.
“Culture is everywhere, it’s not in museums only, it’s not in big populations only, it’s everywhere.
“We all bring something and it’s not until you sit with people from your community and listen you realise you all have something to share”.
“Lots of young people come along. Every community should have a Communiversity I think,” said a participant Karen Murdoch.
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