World Environment Day: Free 9am Sustainable Art Workshop - start collecting!

Celebrating World Environment Day 2022

Only One Earth – Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature

Sustainable Art Workshops at Northside Produce Market, with local environmental artist & teacher Nichola Bryan @TheBowerbirdHerd

FREE: For Adults and big kids (7yrs+)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 45 minute workshop at Northside Produce Market that will run from 9am - 12 person capacity per session.

The workshop will be held in the North Sydney Community Centre if the weather does not allow for the workshop to be held outdoors at the market.


Upcycled artwork creations with The Bowerbird Herd

Rubbish art?! No! Upcycled art! Sustainable art! Let’s get creative!...

In this workshop, participants will consider what makes art sustainable and will then be guided through the assemblage art making process. To begin, we will discuss how a clever concept can be made more meaningful through our choice of materials. We will then experiment with manipulating and arranging materials whilst examining texture, colour and tone. Workshop participants will make their own unique artworks using materials collected and brought along from home. 

Materials List

1. A piece of cardboard ideally close to A3 size salvaged from an old box to use as your artwork background. Or you might bring a large fabric scrap, a piece of styrofoam, an old corflute sign, poster, skateboard deck, an unwanted canvas or piece of board/wood. Look around or ask friends and see what you can find. The teacher will have a supply of cardboard box scraps for those who cannot bring something. 2. Start collecting a bag of pre-loved stuff, odd broken bits and bobs, or clean litter and bring this along to the workshop to use and share. Look around your home, workplace, school and outdoor environments to find and collect materials that can be manipulated and used in your artmaking. Ideas include Plastics - lids, bottles, bread-tags, broken toys, pens, textas, pegs, soft plastics, shopping bags. Paper items, old magazines, junk mail, newspapers, stationary, books, receipts, tickets. Packaging materials from food and retail purchases (washed and dried), toiletries packaging, postage packaging, used gift wrap, ribbons. Other miscellaneous items e.g. e-waste, coffee cups and plastic straws, forgotten kids craft, fabric scraps and threads, irreparable clothing, unwanted buttons, wood scraps, nails and screws. Natural items – gumnuts, dried flowers, leaves, bark, twigs, rocks. 3. Images or sketches of places, animals, plants or objects that are important or meaningful to you or that you might like to depict in your own sustainable assemblage artwork. This might include specific environmental issues, campaigns or news stories. Come with many ideas or with only one, just have a quiet think about it in the days or weeks before the workshop so that we can dive into making. 4. Something to photograph your finished artwork with. A phone camera will do perfectly. You will be provided with PVA glue to adhere your assemblage, however many participants might choose to disassemble then rearrange the work at home for better gluing success.

Tutor: Nichola Bryan

Sydney artist Nichola Bryan of 'The Bowerbird Herd' promotes sustainability and ecological awareness by creating playful artworks from collected and found waste materials including litter from the Parramatta River, local bush tracks, playgrounds and recreational areas. Her works explore both the positive and negative impact humans can have on animals and our environment. Bryan aims to inspire audiences to make sustainable choices, to pick up litter, to repurpose and reuse materials, to be mindful of our human environmental impact, and to learn about the important animals we share this planet with. Through her workshops and artmaking practice Nichola aims to inspire students and viewers to make sustainable choices, to pick up litter, to repurpose and reuse materials, to be mindful of our human environmental impact, and to learn about the important animals we share this planet with. Nichola has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and a Bachelor of Teaching, UTS. She teaches Visual Arts and Photography to Sydney Secondary School students in between raising three boys. Nichola’s work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram @thebowerbirdherd and at