Photo by Aimee Crouch

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

This public program invites us to consider the plant-life around us in new ways. Created to complement the community arts project and exhibition, Embracing the Familiar by Rebecca Mayo – showing at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre until Saturday 7th August – the event series includes foraging walks with Diego Bonetto, a symposium with Rebecca Mayo, Diego Bonetto and Aaron Chatfield, and a drop in workshop with artist Rebecca Mayo.

Due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID restrictions in NSW, this program will now take place in Spring. New dates will be announced soon.          

FORAGING WALKS WITH DIEGO BONETTO

WHEN:

Due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID restrictions in NSW, this program will now take place in Spring. The new dates will be announced soon.                 

DETAILS:

You will never look at weeds in the same way again after taking part in one of these foraging walks. Join Sydney-based edible weeds advocate and wild food expert, Diego Bonetto, for a 2-and-a-half-hour stroll around the local area and lakefront, and learn about the most common edibles and medicinal plants thriving in the colder months of the year. Typical species for discussion include chickweed, dandelion, sowthistle, ironweed, flatweed, farmers friends and peppercress. Learn local stories of plant resilience woven with cultural trivia, migrant perspectives, and native wisdom. Find out about the role weeds play in repairing and building soil and how they have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. Discover ways to safely harvest from the urban wild and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals. You can also bring samples of weedy plants from your garden for possible ID!

The foraging walks are designed to provide participants with skills in plant identification, learning old stories while paying respect to public and ancient resources. Each participant will receive a booklet detailing 16 of the most common wild edibles.

Got a question? Click here to access a list of frequently asked questions! Want to know what other people are saying about Diego’s foraging walks? Click here to read some testimonials.

BOOKINGS:

The cost is $25 per person. The ticket price includes a booklet detailing 16 of the most common wild edibles. Bookings will re-open alongside the announcement of the new dates.

School groups bookings are also available. For more information about creating a booking for your school please contact on Kristy Griffin on (02) 6293 1443 or via email at info@tuggeranongarts.com.

SYMPOSIUM – AARON CHATFIELD, DIEGO BONETTO AND REBECCA MAYO

WHEN:

Due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID restrictions in NSW, this program will now take place in Spring. New dates will be announced soon.          

DETAILS:

Diego Bonetto will be joined by Kamilaroi man and First Nations cultural educator Aaron Chatfield, and contemporary artist Rebecca Mayo to host this symposium in the Tuggeranong theatre this Spring. Aaron is an expert in local plant species and well-known for his work, with local schools and organisations, improving Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems. Using storytelling to discuss how plants have been used to nourish and heal, each speaker will share their thoughts on why we should rethink urban greenspaces and our gardens.

BOOKINGS:

Tickets for the symposium are $30 per person. The ticket price includes an afternoon tea of baked treats made from locally sourced plants and other items to take home. he cost is $25 per person. The ticket price includes a booklet detailing 16 of the most common wild edibles. Bookings will re-open alongside the announcement of the new dates.

DROP IN WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA MAYO

Photo supplied by the artist

WHEN:

Saturday, 7 August – drop in between 1pm – 4pm. This part of the program is not currently impacted by COVID restrictions in NSW and will take place as planned on the 7 August as planned.

DETAILS:

Artist Rebecca Mayo will host a free drop-in workshop on the final day of her exhibition Embracing the Familiar. Participants will join Rebecca to create a ‘text-based’ dyed work using local plants to create the dyebath. Participants choose pre-printed cloth squares to add to the dye-pot.  Over time a letter will appear on each square, which can then be pegged to a temporary rope line. Participants are invited to rearrange the letters to create words and phrases, eventually settling on one complete line of text. Bookings are not required for this free workshop.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Photo by Archie Rose

DIEGO BONETTO:

Diego is a forager, artist, storyteller and an expert on identifying the nutritious plants that grow under our feet that most people call ‘weeds.’ Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us. You see weeds, Diego sees food. Find out more about Diego and the work he does on his website.

Photo: Martin Ollman

REBECCA MAYO:

Rebecca Mayo is an Australian artist. She lectures in Printmedia and Drawing at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. Trained in printmaking, she uses the language of print to produce artworks that manifest through—and reveal—practices of care. She uses site and species-specific plant dye in her practice, thereby offering audiences a physical and material connection to these plants or places, making visible reciprocal relations and interdependencies between human and more-than-human life. Find out more about Rebecca Mayo by clicking though to her website.

Photo by Aimee Crouch

AARON CHATFIELD:

Kamilaroi man, Aaron Chatfield is a First Nations cultural educator and an expert in local plant species as well as care and uses for plant life. Aaron is a well-known community workshop facilitator, working with many local schools and organisations to improve Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems and their uses. Aaron is the director of local business Dreamtime Connections.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

This program is supported by the ACT Government.