RARA is a creative collective and co-operative workspace. We deliver in-situ projects in the public realm, creating interfusions of art, architecture, participatory research and design with a strong focus on setting up collaborative processes of work with local communities.
The RARA team has grown since 2008 around the creation of a shared workshop and studio space and the gathering of individuals with multiple backgrounds such as planning, architecture, sociology, art, design and fabrication. Our interdisciplinary approach to projects aims to address the environmental, social, economical and physical dimensions of the sites we work in to develop projects valuing what is already there and to foster unique senses of place.
As a practice, RARA takes on and adapts to a wide range of projects and budgets from public arts commissions, co-design and co-fabrication, participatory consultation, community events and large scale commercial fit outs. RARA facilitates diverse processes of delivery producing spaces that are welcoming to all, sustainable and adaptable.
We also provide genuinely affordable workshop and desk space to the local community. A diverse mix of users take advantage of this from hobbyists looking to develop their passion into a career to established creative freelancers and even those just looking to pursue a one off project. This mix helps to foster an environment where skills and knowledge are constantly exchanged, it also proves a catalyst for new collaborative projects.