Peter Skippington

For many years, Peter Skippington has lived and worked in some of Australia’s most remote communities. During those years he grew to love the stunning landscapes of the Australian outback and the warmth, openness and friendliness of the people who inhabit those communities. His work in remote and rural communities always concentrated on ensuring equitable access to products and services, especially equity in education and training opportunities. His work as a teacher in remote schools sought to help young students explore new opportunities and experiences and to expand their ambitions for themselves and their communities. During this time, he worked with students living and working in the most remote areas of the country through the renowned School of the Air. 

Later in his career, he continued to work to improve access to educational services for people in rural and remote areas of Australia through the development of national policies and strategies, which used new technologies to deliver programs and courses to adult learners. Most recently, he has explored the role of the arts in helping communities face the contemporary economic and social challenges that threaten their very existence.

Peter Skippington is currently a Visiting Scholar with The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies (ANUCES). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland), a Research Masters of Education (Queensland University of Technology) and a PhD (The Australian National University) – his thesis examined the links between the arts and community development.

Harnessing the Bohemian  »

Artists as innovation partners in rural and remote communities

Authored by: Peter Skippington
Publication date: December 2016
Harnessing the Bohemian takes a fresh and interdisciplinary perspective on the intractable problem of shrinking populations and resources in remote/rural communities. It challenges the conventional wisdom of community development theories and practices and envisages more central roles for the creative disciplines in revitalising futures planning.  It argues that the evolution of technologies, the emergence of creative economies, the increasing demand for creative products, and the emergence of new creative talent are continually changing community expectations and opportunities. Consequentially, fresh arguments and new ideas must be developed to stimulate more creative and innovative approaches to community development. Recognising that creativity and innovation exist across all community sectors, this book proposes practical new approaches that harness the creative capital of all community stakeholders.