Footprints Ecofestival - Talks, discussions and open studios

Sunday 25 August 2019, 11am-3pm
Whites Creek Valley Park, corner Piper and Smith Streets, Annandale

Come along to our talks series at the Stables, or more intimate discussions and demos at the Cottage.  The Cottage will also host the artists in residence Open Studios

Stables talks

Climate Change: Planting the Seeds of Hope

Talk 1 Costa Georgiadis_230

When: 12.00pm-12.45pm

A panel discussion addressing the psychological impacts of climate change. How do we maintain our personal equilibrium and not be overwhelmed by the nature of the crisis? How can personal action and community involvement bring hope?

Panellists: Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia), Emma Bowen (Pocket City Farm), Tom Hume (Pingala) and Belinda Xie (PhD Scholar, School of Psychology UNSW).

Collaborating in the Local Economy

Talk 2 Veena Sahajwalla_230

When: 1.00pm-1.45pm

A panel discussion examining the circular and collaborative economies. How do these economies work? What are their benefits to individuals, communities and cities? How can they expand and develop?

Panellists: Bernie Hobbs (ABC Science), Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla (UNSW), Amy Croucher (Inner West Tool Library) and Dr Melita Jazbec (Institute of Sustainable Futures).

A Creative Response to Climate Change

Talk 3 Gretchen Miller_230

Time: 2.00pm-2.45pm

A panel discussion looking at the contribution of art and artists in responding to climate change. What role can creativity play in this time of change/transition/emergency?

Panellists: Gretchen Miller (audio documentary producer), Gilbert Grace (artist-in-residence Whites Creek Cottage), Michelle St Anne (founder Living Room Theatre), Darren Charlwood (Boomalli artist).



Cottage discussions and demos

Making the Most of Your Solar

Making the most of your Solar 230

Time: 11.15am-11.45am

Already have solar? Find out how to take full advantage of your solar panels. This session will cover:

  • How to check if your solar power system is working properly
  • How to best power your appliances with your solar system
  • What you need to know when adding more panels to your system.

This talk will be presented by the energy experts at Our Energy Future, a not-for-profit energy advice service.

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Solar and Batteries

Solar and Batteries 230

Time: 11.45am-12.15pm

Thinking about adding a battery to your solar? Find out everything you need to know. This session will cover:

  • How does battery storage work?
  • Is it still very expensive?
  • If you want battery storage, what should you look out for?

This talk will be presented by the energy experts at Our Energy Future, a not-for-profit energy advice service.

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The Hollow Tree Children’s Book

Hollow Tree 230

Time: 12.30pm-1.00pm

 “In a busy noisy part of the city, between the aeroplanes and a car park, stands a big dead Sydney blue gum. But take a moment to observe, or even peek inside, and you’ll find that this hollow tree is full of life…!”

As a part of its urban habitats program and with the support of an Inner West Council environment grant, Addison Road Community Centre Organisation invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by an urban habitat tree. A team of staff and volunteers collated the students’ drawings and created a beautiful book about the tree, the creatures that make it their home and how to improve habitat for native wildlife in our busy cities. The book “The Hollow Tree” was created by Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West school children.

Come along to hear from the people involved in creating the book and learn how to create habitats for local fauna. 

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Cornersmith Vegan Cooking

Ayse Moonen 1_Cornersmith_230

Time: 1.30pm-2.00pm

Learn the basics of making an oat milk and a nut-based vegan cheese with Ayse Moonen from Cornersmith. You’ll be able to sample products and discuss vegan cooking.

Ayse Moonen has been a vegan chef for over 10 years. She has cooked in and supplied some of Sydney’s best loved cafés and is the vegan workshops teacher at Cornersmith Cooking School. Ayse is passionate about creating plant-based foods using real and accessible ingredients for delicious results.

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Frog Call Identification


Time: 2.15pm-3.00pm

Croak! Zip-zip! The thud of a ball on a tennis racquet - every frog species has a different call.

Learn how to identify the frogs living in your backyard and local wetland in this hands-on workshop. We’ll download the Australian Museum’s cool new FrogID app and practise using it to be ready for the FrogID Week community survey in November.  In 2018, we recorded 4 frog species in the Inner West area using this app. Frogs tell us about the health of the environment, so monitoring them in the Inner West area can alert us to water quality problems and habitat loss. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be a budding Citizen Scientist, ready to join us on the November frog survey.

The workshop will be led by Nicole Gallahar, one of Inner West Council’s Senior Environment Officers in the Urban Ecology team. As a well-regarded and experienced ecologist, Nicole has a passion for conserving and spreading the word about our fascinating native urban wildlife.

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Open studios

Time: 11am - 3pm

Open studio 230

Inner West Council has two artists in residence at Whites Creek Cottage. Both artists will have open studios during Footprints EcoFestival.

Gilbert Grace graduated from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney with a Masters of Fine Art awarded in 2016. Gilbert is passionate about art, history, cycling, the GreenWay and the Sydney Green Ring. Gilbert was awarded First Prize in the GreenWay Art Prize in its inaugural year in 2010 and again in 2018. ARTcycle Inc is a not-for-profit artist led bicycling initiative Gilbert established with like-minded friends, artist and supporters, to build the audience for the arts and promote health-giving, human activity. Gilbert is currently completing a supported Artist-In-Residence project at Whites Creek Cottage and his first solo show “Against Hollywood” opens at Art Est on 6 September. 

Amaya Lang makes multidisciplinary art with the purpose to refocus attention back to the environment and our intimate entanglement with it. Members of the public are invited to drop in at any time during the day to participate in a collaborative painted banner workshop with Amaya. Amaya Lang graduated from UNSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018. Amaya has had solo exhibitions at 107 Projects & Kudos Gallery in Sydney and has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture in 2015 & The Gold Coast International Art Award in 2016. She won the Stonevilla Wearable art prize in 2016 & was highly commended for her work in Meroogal Women’s art prize in 2016.

For more information visit our Artists in residence program webpage. 


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