This new garden is an urban resting place for community to refresh and engage in local culture.

Located in the public courtyard outside Australian Design Centre, the garden will increase biodiversity, filter the air and reduce sound pollution in this culturally significant location. A haven for the community along a heavily trafficked major artery, the garden will shields visitors from pollution and congestion whilst sharing a cultural experience connecting Australian Design Centre and the Gadigal Mural on Barnett Lane.

The forecourt garden beds have been re-designed, landscaped and revitalised with native plants and a new serpentine bench, supported by a 2019 My Community Project grant funded by the NSW Government.

ADC has worked with First Nations artists and designers across numerous and significant exhibitions. We are proud to be a place of making located on Gadigal Land and it is our intention that this space connects with community, sharing Gadigal and First Nations cultural knowledge through our programming, and promotes the area as an important historical place of making.

The Gadigal Mural was designed in response to the historical importance of this site as a place of making. The word ‘bangawarra’ incorporated into the mural means ‘make’ or ‘do’ in Gadigal language. This making history directly aligns with our purpose as a Centre for contemporary craft and design.

The garden is an organic extension of the Centre and Gadigal Mural, designed to connect our audiences to place. ADC will activate the garden and mural as part of our First Nations public programming including an offical launch in September.

We are proud to have worked with a range of partners who have helped build this garden: ASPECT Studios, ARUP, City of Sydney, IndigiGrow, Street + Garden, Regal Innovations and Yerrabingin.

Come and enjoy the garden on the corner of William Street and Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.

Image: New garden with serpentine bench outside ADC, 2022. Photo: Boaz Nothman.

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