Urban habitats explored for an improved environment

(left) A giant koala made from recycled materials and (right) what Ultimo Primary School does with its band instruments that are beyond repair

Kate Ambrose
John Gauci
Secretary, Inner City TA

The Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville was filled with the excited chatter of public school children and their families at the launch of the pilot exhibition on urban habitat, “ProjectA”. Public primary and high schools across the inner city and inner west were invited to create and display artworks exploring the concept of urban habitats and the potential to change these environments for the better.

The collaborative efforts of the students, their teachers and other community members were displayed in the Centre’s Stirrup Gallery over a period of a week from the launch on June 19, attracting about 1000 visitors.

The artworks included song, film, ceramic and sculpture artworks, performance and drawing, and the creative ideas demonstrated to students and the community different ways they can learn about and be involved in urban transformation.

Radio 2SER interviewed numerous teachers and students from our public schools for a 30-minute documentary about the exhibition. The documentary, broadcast across a national network of local community radio stations also focused on the wonderful teaching and learning taking place in public schools.

The Addison Road Community Centre initiated the concept and developed the idea with the Inner City Teachers Association and Drawn to Seeing, which runs school holiday drawing workshops. The pilot exhibition was the first step towards an annual arts and sustainability festival, connecting students with their local community and landscape.