Living City: people, plants and place

Volunteers and participants pictured at the Holt Micro-forest, Gawari Mada


Living City: people, plants and place is a three-year visual arts and design program working with Canberra’s suburban communities and many urban natural environments. The program encourages accessible and inclusive, art-based engagement with urban spaces while addressing climate change, urban biodiversity, wellbeing and conservation.

In 2024, for the first year of the program, the ANU School of Art & Design is collaborating with Gawari Mada (Holt Micro-Forest).  Gawari Mada Micro-Forest and Food Forest can be found at the Boyle Place Playground (opposite the Holt Shops across Beaurepaire Crescent). A Micro-Forest is a small but complete ecosystem that mimics a forest on a tiny scale. It’s a dense pocket of diverse vegetation that contains trees, shrubs, climbers and ground-covers that create a mini-ecosystem. A Micro-Forest captures carbon, breaks down decomposing organic material to return nutrients into the soil, creates habitat for wildlife and has a cooling effect on the surrounding area. Learn more.

This program is funded by ArtsACT and the ANU School of Art & Design.



Sat 18 May 2024, 11am - 2pm
Discovering Gawari Mada with Mitchell Whitelaw
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Sat 04 May 2024, 11am–2pm
Microscope Drawings with Erica Seccombe
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Updated:  20 May 2024/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications