Creativity is in the fabric of who we are.
Creative placemaking is at the core of Social Ritual. Run and founded by professional artists we add a creative, theoretical and researched approach to all placemaking efforts. Arts-based placemaking / creative placemaking can:
Heal - Offering a safe environments for people to express themselves and connect with others opens up a spaciousness for deep dialogue
Stimulate - local economies flourish when they have authentic character, creative placemaking increases innovation and social capital
Engagement - Everybody loves a vibrant and beautiful place, creative placemaking draws people close and fosters social cohesion
“Across sectors and at all levels, today’s leaders and policymakers are increasingly recognising how arts-based placemaking initiatives can simultaneously advance their missions in transportation, housing, employment, health care, environmental sustainability, and education.” - Project for Public Spaces
Profile of Paris Kirby
CEO of Social Ritual
Paris Kirby conveys the fundamental forms of our arboreal environment. A painted invitation into its leaves and branches is a translation of nature’s wonder, first sensed at the forest floor. Past the crackling static of urban foliage, forgoing interaction mediated through a screen, each of Kirby’s works serves as a remedy for the isolation of the digital age. Kirby’s paintings attempt to bring the viewer to where the artist has stood; whether at the foot of Te Matua Ngahere, or caught below a snowscape’s canopy, the scenes enfold their onlookers.
Mere minutes from Kirby’s studio, a glade of soaring Kauri stands sentinel. At first encounter, I was baffled that their secret was so quietly kept from the surrounding suburb. The sanctuary is bounded by residential predictability, but a trail through the forest leads down to the shelter of giants…. read more