The Design Of Cricket: Building A Global Community Past Event
Leaders from the Australian sports industry and representatives from design and culture join architectural practice WilkinsonEyre for a conversation about the design of cricket and the sport’s ability to connect communities from a local to a global level.
Using WilkinsonEyre’s newly completed public stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground as a case study, this conversation explores how place and identity is celebrated through the design and culture of cricket clubs and venues. Speakers consider the continued relevance and community outreach of cricket across the world and how the evolution of the game has impacted the architecture of the physical environment.
From the 1868 Aboriginal cricket team’s journey to the UK, to current ways cricket clubs are reaching out to their local and global communities, the shared values and rituals of cricket bring together people of diverse nationalities, cultures and geographies. Cricket grounds have become destinations and positive symbols for their host villages, towns and cities and command deep loyalties and affection.
Highlighting the persistent work of Cricket Australia to transform community cricket across the country, the event will bring different perspectives on how sport can be a metaphor for community cohesion, common purpose and international goodwill.
Architect, Ted Baillieu AO was Victoria’s 46th Premier and Minister for Arts (2010 to 2013). In 2017, Ted joined the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club. In 2020, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the people and Parliament of Victoria for his work in international engagement to provide increased opportunities for Victorian business to grow the economy and he is patron of a number of groups including Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Captain of the Australian Team (1994-2005) Belinda Clark, AO, is a leader in the Australian sports industry and her new venture The Leadership Playground aims to support the development of leadership capability and confidence in young girls. In her previous role as Executive General Manager, Community Cricket at Cricket Australia, she worked with a team to transform community cricket, providing a platform for the growth of junior cricket and girl’s competition. She continues to be an advocate for females in sport at all levels.
Stuart Dow leads WilkinsonEyre’s Australian studio in Sydney, returning from the UK in 2019 to cement the practice’s position here. Stuart has been instrumental in managing projects between different studio locations and has delivered projects of significance in the UK and Australia. Stuart understands the nature of complex stakeholder engagement. His design experience is predominantly in infrastructure, high-rise towers, commercial development and precinct/urban planning.
Josie Sangster, Manager of Harrow Discovery Centre (aka Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre), home to the story of Australia’s first international touring team which travelled to England in 1868. Josie featured in Walkabout Wickets, the ABC programme which followed the 2018 National Indigenous cricket teams to the UK to retrace those steps. She is currently involved in the writers room and development stage of an 8-part mini-series “Mullagh” – the Victorian cricketer who led the famous 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England.
Best known for his work on TV and radio, comedian Tim Ross has a long-standing passion for architecture and design. Over the last six years, he has performed his live Man About the House show exclusively in architecturally-significant buildings and homes that he turns into temporary theatres. Tim has passionately supported the architecture industry and was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Advocacy, for his activism on modernist architecture and promoting its conservation. Tim’s two part series on Australian Architecture, Streets of Your Town premiered on ABC TV in November 2016 to rave reviews, and quickly became the most watched arts program on the ABC for the year. His latest project for ABC TV, Designing a Legacy takes us across Australia to meet the families whose lives have been shaped by the exceptional designs of their iconic homes.