Making Spaces: building and designing safe spaces

Making Spaces: building and designing safe spaces


Digital technology and the safety of women in our artistic and urban spaces. Exploration of how the creative industries are progressing in a post #metoo world.


Dr Andrea Baker: Senior lecturer in journalism and musicologist in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, at Monash University. Andrea was also the foundational academic representative on the City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Committee (2013-2017).


Dr Bianca Fileborn: Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Her recent work includes: an examination of unwanted sexual attention and sexual violence in licensed venues; and policing and LGBTIQ+ young people.

Helen Marcou: Alongside her longterm partner Quincy McLean, Helen co founded grassroots movement SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) and Melbourne’s Bakehouse Studios. In 2019, she was recognized with an ‘Order of Australia’ for her contribution to music and the arts.

Dr Nicole Kalms: Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the Monash University XYX Lab which leads national and international research in Gender and Place.

Zoe Condliffe: CEO & Founder of She’s A Crowd, a feminist tech start up which uses crowd sourced data to make cities safer for women and non-binary people. She is one of Women Weekly’s Women of the Future (2018) and her company is listed as number 7 on Smart Company’s Smart 30 list.

Mama Alto: Gender transcendent diva, jazz singer & community activist. She is a queer transgender person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling. She has been lauded as “divine” (Havana Tribune, Cuba), “near flawless” (The Age), and “a knockout” (The Herald Sun).

Read more about the speakers here.