Darling Quarter’s environmentally conscious open air art exhibition returns with Art for the Planet 2: Field (30 Sept. – 26 Oct. ). Exploring the themes of overconsumption and environmental destruction, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free gardening workshops for kids during the school holidays (1 – 5 and 8 – 12 Oct. ).
The eye-popping and evocative exhibition is a joint collaboration between Sydney-based sculpture artists and friends, Jane Gillings and Lucy Barker, which sees everyday items repurposed in such a way as to question our consumption habits.
The installation will be comprised of 64 square-fields, drawing from multiple disciplines – including painting, drawing and mixed media sculpture, made from hundreds of recycled objects and materials; such as rubber thongs, metal zippers, coat hangers, electronic device cables and plastic cutlery.
The workshops, Planting for the Planet, will return to teach kids how to make a positive impact on the earth by decorating pots and planting them with beautiful flowers to take home.
“The waste we leave behind is remarkable,” said aMBUSH Gallery Co-Director, Bill Dimas. “Field aims to engage audiences, to tap into their personal experiences and backgrounds, in order to open their minds to more thoughtful ways of consuming and disposing of everyday objects. ”
“We’re happy to announce the return of the free gardening workshops for our budding artists and green-thumbs,” said Marketing Manager for Darling Quarter, Sam Vicars. “Darling Quarter is the perfect space for kids, offering them the opportunity to learn how they can make a positive difference for the environment. ”
Art for the Planet 2: Field brings attention to the urgent need for individuals to acknowledge their impact on the environment and act accordingly. With global landfills overflowing and with the recent droughts happening across Australia, the exhibition is as topical and necessary as ever.