Release your inner artist with free Waste to Art workshops

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Lismore City Council has joined with Real Artworks to present Waste to Art – a series of free community workshops where participants can create exciting artworks from reused and recycled materials.

From puppetry and sculpture to street art and painting, the workshops offer people a chance to use their imagination and explore their creativity.

“Instead of sending waste to landfill, we want people to join Real Artworks and instead discover their inner artist and create something beautiful,” Lismore City Council Business Development Coordinator Danielle Hanigan said.

“These workshops are free and fun, and a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. You don’t have to have any previous experience to get involved and we encourage people who have never explored their artistic side to come and enjoy art making.”

The free workshops throughout September, October and November will culminate in a Community Open Day to showcase the artworks. This will also include a recycled market, tours of the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and other activities on Sunday, 3 December from 9am until midday.

A list of workshops is as follows. For bookings phone Sunita at Real Artworks on 0428 076 703 or email

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Welcome to the (Graffiti) Jungle!
Thursday and Saturday, 28 and 30 September, 9am-12pm
Join one of the Far North Coast's finest street artist, Justin ‘Julla’ Livingston, to transform your stories into graffiti and street art. Help give the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre shipping container studios a new lease of life and create your own canvas to take home.
Julla is a mural and street artist working extensively with the local community, businesses and public art projects to produce and execute public art, murals and street art in both urban/regional locations, community projects and private residences.
As an arts facilitator, he teaches workshops to a broad sector of the community including supporting people with disabilities to facilitate their access to creativity and art making.
Junk Pile Puppetry!
Wednesday and Thursday, 4-5 October, 9am-12pm
Join award-winning Krinkl Theatre to make amazing puppets out of nothing but rubbish.
“Puppets begin with a breath,” Krinkl Theatre’s artistic director Lara Cruikshank said. “Puppets are made and come alive as they breathe, move and dance with you.”
Lara will take you on an animated journey to make unique puppets from a variety of found objects.
There is also a special opportunity for aspiring puppet makers as Lara is looking for a small crew to be part of a public performance at the Artstate Conference in November.
Lara Cruikshank is one half of the multi award-winning Krinkl Theatre. Krinkl Theatre crinkle wrap and stickytape discarded objects to create delightful visual images and puppets. They have an established reputation in the region and keep their audience on a knife’s edge between the fantasy of the animated and the reality of rubbish.
The Overtopping – Community Sculpture from Waste
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 19-21 October, 9am-3pm
Have you got a flood item that can be welded to create a larger community sculpture? Contribute your piece for renowned sculptor Keith Cameron, who will use discarded waste to create a commemorative sculpture that celebrates community resilience and the journey through flood recovery.
Keith has successfully exhibited his work throughout Australia and has an outdoor sculpture park which includes a constructed 500-seat amphitheatre at Tabulam where he displays his large sculptural pieces. He will be joined by artists Zeb Schulz and Matthew Daymond.
Recreate, Revive & Recover – New life for old things!
Thursday and Friday, 23-24 November, 9am-12pm
Give something new life by painting second-hand ephemera, bits of wood, old spray cans and anything that has been flood damaged (but isn’t stinky or poses a health risk).
There will be a treasure trove of discarded and otherwise un-useable objects available (or bring your own) for artists and participants to paint their own design or imagery based on the project theme. The theme seeks to reflect and respond to the positivity and resilience that our community has continued to embody throughout the flood and recovery effort.
The workshop will be led by Lismore-based graphic designer, printmaker and visual artist Joanna Kambourian. She is known for her individual and shared practice under the creative pseudonym Ms Browns Lounge.

Image: Gearing up for the Waste to Art community workshops are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin 'Julla' Livingston and Matt Daymond.

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