The Garden of a Thousand Years

Anna McMahon and Annie McKinnon

The Garden of a Thousand Years

Wander through The Garden of a Thousand Years, an immersive art installation of luscious hanging plants. Working with the Parramatta community, the artists have created over 1000 hanging plants potted in recycled plastic bottles. Inspired by the fact that just one plastic bottle can take up to one thousand years to break down in landfill, the installation highlights the importance of upcycling for environmental sustainability. The Garden of a Thousand Years is filled with new life - the plants clean the air, produce food, create joy and improve the spaces we inhabit. Supported by Oasis Horticulture and Visy Recycling, this project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative funded from the waste levy.

Location: Red Cow Lane

Anna McMahon: Anna McMahon completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in 2010, a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Sydney in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts at SCA in 2015. She is a 2015/2016 Co-Director at First draft Gallery Sydney, and a resident artist at Parramatta Artist Studios in 2016. She was the 2016 recipient of the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award, and is a recipient of the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio at the Cité International des Arts, Paris in 2017 awarded by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Annie McKinnon: Annie Mckinnon is the founder of ‘Sounds and Interaction’. She completed a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design at The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2012. She is a resident artist at The Motion Room, Think+DO Tank Foundation,  and 2016 dLUX MediaArts facilitator, co-producing the program ‘Thinking Machines’. She was a 2015 recipient of The Australia Council of the Arts ARTSTART. She is currently co-producing her debut album with drummer and percussionist, Bree van Reyk (Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Paul Kelly).

You Are One of the Reasons I Make Art

Hayley Megan French and Carla Marie Liesch

You Are One of the Reasons I Make Art

Emblazoned on suspended banners and street flags throughout the festival, You Are One of the Reasons I Make Art places the viewer and the city at the centre of creative inspiration. Beginning as a personal statement between the two collaborative artists who grew up in the Parramatta area, the artwork has evolved into a powerful public declaration to the many people and places of Parramatta that provide inspiration and shape Parramatta’s cultural life and creative future.

Location: Various

Hayley Megan French and Carla Marie Liesch: Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch are Western Sydney-based artists who have been collaborating since 2011. After many years of working side-by-side through their post-graduate studies, as MOP Projects committee members, and most notably car-pooling from the Western suburbs, they developed collective methods of working that have brought together their shared concerns of painting, place and collaboration. In 2015 they shared a studio at Parramatta Artist Studios and began the project YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I MAKE ART. Working together has challenged both artists to think and work differently through ideas of expanded painting and public installation.

French and Liesch exhibited the documentation of their first performative public installation work Wall Painting: The Exhibitions at Raygun Contemporary, Toowoomba in 2013. As a result of this work they were invited to undertake a residency at Kandos Projects and install Painting Takes A Walk II in Clandulla State Gallery in November 2015. The documentation of this installation A Work for Clandulla State Gallery will be exhibited at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in Townsville in January 2017.

It’s Ok to Cry

Jane Gillings

It's Ok to Cry

A gathering of illuminated clouds descend on Roxy Walk in It’s Ok to Cry. Made from over 2000 milk bottles, the artwork creates its own cloudy weather pattern, a blunt reminder that the production and disposal of plastics produces emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change. Collected from 4 cafes in one suburb over just a few months, these milk bottles headed for landfill have been redirected and transformed, highlighting the significant consequences of excessive food packaging waste. This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy, and supported by the Darcy St Project.

Location: Roxy Walk

Jane Gillings: Using predominantly recycled and discarded materials for her sculptural work, Jane Gillings has been exhibiting for over 30 years in conventional art galleries as well as large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibitions including Sculpture By The Sea, Sculpture at Scenic World, North Sydney Art Prize, Art and About, Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Sculpture in the Vineyards, as well as regional sculpture exhibitions.  Her work typically addresses issues around waste, overconsumption and loss. These themes make reference to environmental issues, but her work also provides a metaphor for more personal human struggles. Gillings facilitates sculpture workshops for the National Art School, Sculpture By the Sea, councils, schools and other arts organisations.


Georgina Humphries


Discover the Tunnel.of.tents, a glowing fabric ceiling that illuminates your journey through the City Centre car park. The artwork transforms the dark walkway with kaleidoscopic colour. Made entirely from discarded tent material, the thorny patchwork drips from the ceiling like stalactites, sharp in appearance but soft to the touch.

Location: Horwood Place Carpark

Georgina Humphries: Georgina Humphries is a Public Artist living and working in Melbourne. Weaving a wide range of handmade techniques into temporary installations, live art set design, time-lapse video art and traditional sculpture, Georgina creates tangible experiences in an array of public environments. Since completing her Masters of Arts (Public Art) at RMIT University in 2011, Georgina’s work has been presented in wind range of public spaces, including traditional Galleries, Music Festivals and Local City Council streetscapes. Through a combination of handmade techniques, Georgina seeks to present the traditional and familiar craft of sewing as a viable public art medium, creating tactile experiences that are accessible to the general public in their everyday life.

Most recently Georgina’s work was exhibited in the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Moonee Valley Council Incinerator Gallery Summer Show and installed as a key artwork for the Darebin Community Kite Festival in 2016.

James Andrews + The Huxleys

James Andrews + the Huxleys

A transient performance experience that weaves its way through the laneways of Parramatta. Strange creatures will excite and entice you to discover a new, magical realm within the urban landscape. Wearable art meets contemporary dance in this interactive and immersive performance experience.

Location: Roving artwork

James Andrews: James Andrews is an Australian dancer and dance maker working in the realms of experimental contemporary dance as well as the underground queer club landscape, joined by fellow performer Matthew Hyde, a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and Garrett and Will Huxley, contemporary artists with decades of experience in costume, film and photography. Collective credits include DARK MOFO, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe, Dance Massive and Darwin Festival amongst others. They create exciting and vibrant spectacles that connect with and immerse audiences in unexpected ways.


Emerging Artists from Sunnyfield

Momentum explores creative wonderment. Experience this series of three short performances created in collaboration with Western Sydney artist Kay Armstrong and emerging artists living with disability. Made in response to contemporary artworks from the Art Gallery of NSW, the Momentum performances explore the genesis of creative ideas through expressive movement. A project by Sunnyfield Disability Services, funded by Arts NSW and the City of Parramatta, supported by Parramatta Artists Studios. Between 7pm – 8:15 pm each night.

Location: Batman Walk


Parramatta Artists' Studios

Visit Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) for a glimpse into the creative process. Experience Phenomena, an exhibition that explores the extraordinary through light, colour, magnetism and spirituality. While you’re there, collect a badge from PAS’ art series as your own small artwork to take home. PAS is the energetic home for creative production in the centre of Parramatta and is an initiative of the City of Parramatta.

Location: Batman Walk ( Enter via Macquarie St)

Parramatta Seen Photography Exhibition


Parramatta Seen

Parramatta, rich in cultural diversity serves as a fascinating subject to explore and record.

As a creative challenge, selected alumni and students from the Photography department at Raffles College Parramatta were invited to create images in response to the theme Parramatta Seen.

Based in the heart of Parramatta, Raffles College delivers specialised certificates and degrees in Design and Visual Communication. Studying Photography at Raffles provides an opportunity to share your creative vision, make a statement and discover a unique way of seeing.

Location: Batman Walk


Western Sydney Leisure and Recreation Service is a community based initiative for adults directed at providing support for people living with persistent mental illness in Western Sydney. Enjoy artworks by the WSLARS members along with performances from the WSLARS band. Both initiatives are supported by Parramatta Mission and the Uniting Church in Australia.

Location: The Fellowship Centre, Parramatta Mission

Granville Youth Centre: Street Art Exhibition

The Granville Youth Centre provides a supportive environment that enhances the social, emotional and cultural development of young people and the general community. Enjoy a community street art exhibition produced by local youths at the centre. The exhibition is the product of a street art workshop organised as part of the centre’s annual Spring Fest community event.

Location: The Fellowship Centre, Parramatta Mission