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OddSocks at the Melbourne Fringe Festival: A methods paper for using an arts installation in promoting public health

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  • Priscilla Robinson,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Shane McIver,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Jean Rumbold,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Beth Rankin,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Renee Hawkins,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Barbara Colliver,

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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  • Bruce Rumbold

    1. School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chaplains Office, Office of PVC (Equity & Student Services), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria
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Correspondence to:
Priscilla Robinson, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086. Fax: (03)9479 1783; e-mail: priscilla.robinson@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

Installation art involves using everyday objects and spaces in an unusual way to gain attention and encourage interaction. While arts-based projects have the ability to inform and provoke interest, few have focused on public health. Oddsocks was conceived as a public health installation as part of the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival, with a primary aim to raise awareness concerning the importance of exercise and foot health. Promoting such underserved public health issues creates specific challenges which have been typically under-reported. This methods paper focuses on how these challenges can be met through arts-based initiatives and arts-based inquiry.

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