Sydney Biennale: Building Blocks

Sun 15th May, 2022 – Mon 13th June, 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm
The Waterhouse
The Cutaway at Barangaroo (Level 1)
Price: $15
Workshops dedicated to deeper conversations about water and the environment.

Tap into your own flow state at the Biennale of Sydney with these experimental workshops designed to generate ideas about knowledge sharing and reciprocal learning through arts, cultural, environmental and activist practices.

Each workshop in the Building Blocks series is facilitated by participants of the [23rd Biennale – which this year has a theme of “rīvus” (Latin for “stream”) – who will take you deep into their various projects. They’re an extension of the series Water Lessons and they encourage shared knowledge, collective thinking, deep listening and experiential learning.

Building Block: Five (Sunday May 8; 10am to 1pm) is hosted by Art for the Commons (aka A4C), an international project with an Australian working group of activists, researchers and community leaders. A4C is born from a hybrid practice across art, activism and environmentalism, and at this event their Australian working group will discuss what collective practice looks like today, with a particular lens on how pandemic limitations have influenced new ways of learning, thinking and creating together.
At Building Block: Six (Saturday June 11; 10am to 1pm) you’ll hear from artist Jessie French, who is the founder of experimental design studio OTHER MATTER. Her workshop explores speculates on a post-petrochemical future that thrives on algae-based bioplastics and water-based ecologies.

Building Block: Eight (Monday June 13; 10am to 1pm) takes its cues from Cave Urban, a Sydney-based multidisciplinary studio that explores the intersection of art and architecture through large-scale public installations. The collective will discuss ecological design with a particular focus on bamboo.

On Sunday June 12 from 10am to 1pm, artist Leanne Tobin will create a “safe space to gather, listen, learn, heal and emerge anew” in her Building Block, celebrating activism, collaborative art and cross-generational inclusivity. Tobin uses her art to tell local stories, hidden histories and connection to Country.

The Building Blocks are part of The Waterhouse public program, run from The Cutaway at Barangaroo. Each workshop has food provided by asylum seeker and refugee kitchen, Parliament on King, during which participants are encouraged to share stories and memories grounded in water and sustainable practices.

Tickets to each Building Block workshop are $15 from the Biennale of Sydney website.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney.