About

My name is Karen Batten.

I’d like to share my connection to this continent in order to acknowledge that I live on Aboriginal Land. My ancestors came to this continent from England, Ireland, Germany and Latvia between 1791 and 1910. My parents and I were both born in Eora Country (Sydney). I moved to Yaygirr Country (coastal NSW) and various parts of Turrbal Country (Brisbane) with my parents and siblings and have lived here most of my adult life. I have lived and worked for several years in England and I’ve travelled throughout the world and Australia.

Since 2002, I have worked as a freelance community worker, graphic and web designer using a participant driven approach. Previous to that I worked for seven years as a corporate graphic designer.

I’m currently very interested in equity in small groups & our backyard chooks. I organise and co-manage a car share and a communal share home.

In my practice, the process used is equally as important as the outcome. I am committed to personal and professional skill development through courses, listening and seeking information. My practice thrives on collaborations with friends and community.

 

Bio

Karen has worked as a freelance community worker and facilitator, event producer, and as a graphic and web designer using a participant driven approaches since 2002. Previously, Karen worked for seven years as a corporate graphic designer.

Karen’s work has involved facilitating projects that develop Creative Interventions (Community Responses) since 2007 to create solutions to issues affecting communities from those most affected, including supporting sometimes complex pathways to change.

Karen has worked on creative engagement projects that involve ‘community walks,’ including The Walking Neighbourhood and Colourise Festival. The Walking Neighbourhood, previously delivered in Brisbane, Redfern and Kings Cross, Sydney and Melbourne, is a curated tour around the city guided by children and inspired by their ideas regarding neighbours, belonging and community.

Karen’s practice thrives on collaborations with friends and community. She believes that the process adopted to deliver projects is equally as important as the outcomes themselves. Karen is committed to personal and professional skill development through courses, listening and seeking information.

Karen’s ancestors came to this continent from England, Ireland, Germany and Latvia and her parents were both born in Eora Country (Sydney). As an adult Karen has lived in various parts of Turrbal & Jagera Country (Brisbane). www.createtogether.com.au

Karen uses visual art, print & web design with individuals and groups using a collaborative approach. This happens using dialogue, workshops and/or training to facilitate creation through to the final product.

Karen mainly works in Turrbal & Jagera Country (Brisbane).

Current Project