John Waldron


    John Waldron is a PhD Candidate in the School of Design. He is is an artist, curator, Director of Blue Sky View, Founder of the Makeway Lab, Board member for the Sunshine Coast Arts Industry Precinct (the Old Ambo), Nambour, and Member of Queensland Arts & Health Leadership Group. With qualifications in education and museum studies John has long-term experience in the gallery and museum sector including as a Director and consultant and State Chair.

    Research areas:

    Mobile makerspaces, Makerspaces and social innovation, Arts and health, Arts and disability, Arts access, Digital design and fabrication

    Abstract:

    Live best by Doing: An Examination of the Progressive Ethos of Makerspaces for arts and health and arts and disability work.
    Within a period of rapid development and evolution this research will explore makerspace programs that are not only spaces for teaching and learning but also for bringing about social change. It will examine maker programs that have an intentional action to improve access to technology and the life of people in need.  The first research project, Makerspaces for Social Innovation, will track the evolution of the makerspace as spaces for social innovation. It will provide an overview of socially innovative projects and programs with a focus on those addressing transformative change for community health and the healthcare sector and for access and inclusion in the disability care sector.  Following the research and activities undertaken in the first project, the second will be a practice-led examination of the impact and results of an social innovation program, a mobile makerspace for dialysis patients. The Makeway Lab, Young Adult Dialysis Designer Collective project will utilise the mobile Makeway Lab which I have developed to provide access to digital design and fabrication technology for people who are restricted by their treatment, physical or mental circumstances. This project will see the development of the first program designed specifically for people living with Kidney disease and trial and research the activities to gauge their benefit. It is expected that this project will add to the Australian understanding of arts and health practice. It will also differ from previous research through the practice-led study of a first-of-kind mobile makerspace with the unique potential to provide health and wellbeing outcomes for the arts and health mandate as well as access and inclusion for arts and disability work.