About the Artist
Kathy Holowko is interested in the effects that urban life has upon our understanding of ecology. In busy, human-centric environments, she searches for narratives and connections that can help us reconsider our world as a cyclical and shared habitat. Holowko creates sculptural works, installations, public art and playful projects in a variety of media and believes in the power of art to help learn, think, meditate … and in her own way, mirrors cultural environmental ideologies in the hope of building positive future visions.
Artist Kathy Howloko will be joined each session by an urban ecologist to talk about the animals we already share our cities with. These experts come from universities and the Royal Botanic Gardens and work in wild cityscapes like Centennial Parklands, Western Sydney Parklands and across our city.
Tue 3 Jan
Dr Beth Mott is an ecologist working for the Saving Our Species Program of NSW Government, currently managing threatened rainforest communities and Glossy-black Cockatoos. Before this she worked for Birdlife Australia, uncovering the secret lives of large owls in the city. Beth has worked with frogs, quolls, feral cats, lizards and fish in deserts, tree plantations and rainforests. She is passionate about finding ways to lessen the impacts of expanding urban envelopes on wildlife and local biodiversity, and to incorporate to traditional knowledge into this story. She loves to help people learn more about how we can all change the world.
Wed 4 Jan
Dr Kerryn Herman is an ecologist with BirdLife Australia. Whilst she has worked across a range of animals and environments – including Bilbies and Bettongs in arid Australia, she returned to her love of birds and found her place in BirdLife.
Her current research includes a study on the Superb Fairy-wrens in Melbournes Royal Park in partnership with City of Melbourne, RMIT and Uni Melb, where we are looking at ways to improve vegetation corridors through the city to help birds move between the various parks and gardens.
BirdLife Australia was established in 1901 and is Australia’s oldest conservation organisation. Our focus is on birds, their habitats and the people who love them.
Caragh Threlfall Is an urban ecologist at The University of Sydney. Her research looks at the best ways to restore habitat in cities for native wildlife.
Britt Mitchell is a PhD candidate at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Museum. She researches frogs and how they are responding to various human-mediated pressures, such as urbanisation and climate change. More specifically, she wants to use this knowledge to directly inform conservation strategies for our threatened frog species.
Britt is also a passionate science communicator and has been involved in various initiatives at the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Greater Sydney Parklands, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, to inspire the next generation into STEM related careers.
Britt will be talking about frogs that live in urban areas, what pressures they have to contend with, and what we might be able to do to support our frogs in the city!
8–13 & 15 Jan
Dr John Martin is an ecological research scientist, author, and science communicator. Through inspiring community appreciation of and connection with nature, John aims to enhance the prospects for co-existence between wildlife and humans.
Rachel works in education at the Royal Botanic Gardens and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Her role is to get children inspired about the outdoors by experiencing it for themselves. One of her favourite jobs is running sunset spotlight tours at the Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden. Rachel is always thrilled to go an adventure in the night so see what wildlife can be found. She believes it’s amazing just how much wildlife is in our urban cities, once the sun goes down our nocturnal native animals are out and about. She enjoys to witness how they have learnt to live alongside us humans and our cities.