Forest : Form : Found: is an opportunity to learn about the forest, to find a form to be with forest and to experience moments of deep interconnection.
Forest: provides a guided ecological experience through the rainforest ecosystem, exploring the evolution of rainforest systems and connections under ground between fungi, trees and soil as well as reflecting on the threats in a warming climate.
Form: is an opportunity to be with the forest, through sitting within a contemporary tea rite. A tea rite with ancient roots in the Dao. Sitting within Form cultivates stillness enabling awareness to land and to expand.
Found:speaks to our sensory perception of both ourselves, the environment and the ceremony we are sitting in, providing an experience of being simultaneously separate from, and yet always connected to the external world. Utilising tea and ecological thought as an avatar for insight, so that we may see a glimpse of the forests, our own bare hearts and their entwined destiny.
Collaborating with the rainforest creek
An interactive workshop exploring evolutionary concepts such as adaption, resilience and interconnection.
The Deep Time workshop aims to embed a perspective into the immense story of life on the planet through a lecture and discussion series followed by a collaborative creative activity.
This workshop is an excellent experience for students and corporate environments, as it explores many of the complex ideas that enable success and adaption in times of change such as, what is it to be resilient? What is adaptation?
Melbourne Educators for Environmental & Social Justice
Dock Eco Lab, Docklands
EON. The Story of the Fossils is an art/ science resource used for the deep time workshop.
The Small Friends book series tell stories about microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and the intimate relationships they build with larger forms of life. Written for nature lovers of all ages, the books promote the idea that cooperation, not just competition is a dominant paradigm of nature. They portray microbes in a positive light, countering misguided hysteria around ‘germs’ and hygiene and acknowledging the fundamental role that these tiny organisms play within our ecosystem.
This experience is a live storytelling session by the illustrator of the series, followed by a Q&A and microbe inspired collaborative drawing activity. Excellent experience for students and corporate environments, as it advocates team building and collaborative environments.
For bookings go to Booked Out, agency for speakers, authors and educators.
Looking at, feeling at, being, becoming into water...
This work seeks to reframe our ideas of what water is and how it moves.
Formulated as part of the Water Futures, it provides a participatory process for divulging peoples connection, concepts and knowledge about water together in a co- constructing, co- creating way.
Based at the Docklands Library, this collective cartography experience included a series of provocative images and a collaborative drawing project.
Collective Cartographies- detail
The Symbiogenesis Mural
Place-based Mural Making
A series of workshops were held at Edendale Community Farm within the propagation sheds called ‘Propagating Art’ for local youth in the area. The result was a 12 metre public place - based mural on the ecology of Eltham to be used in the redevelopment of the Eltham Square.
The mural process included exploring local ecology, threatened species, map reading, botanical painting, and large-scale acrylic painting. This work was made possible though the support of Nillumbik Shire Council and Edendale Farm Community Farm, Eltham.
These interactive workshops are custom made, exploring various ecological concepts and ideas such as biology, chemistry, climatology, geology and hydrology.
These workshops aim to produce a transformative knowledge experience that allows the ecological knowledge to be creatively explored as a creative team. The basis of these workshops is to transfer and cultivate knowledge systems based on engagement, involvement and education.
Excellent for exploring place-making ideas within a community, school or organisation. The workshop may result in a series of individual artworks, a large scale collaborative artwork, a mural or an installation.
As part of the MoMa Minors program (MONA), this project was a collaboration over two markets, working with over 50 participants exploring ideas around past, present and future.
Through provocations, reference material and facilitated discussion, a collaborative mural engaged in remembering and forecasting.
What was, what is and what is becoming.
Past, Present, Future
Large scale collaborative mural on canvas
Artist/ Scientist in Residence
Are you seeking an artist/ scientist in residence at your school?
Aviva Reed is an award winning illustrator, artist & scientist who works closely with schools to explore complex ecology through the arts. She uses collaborative co- creation techniques alongside scientific storytelling to create rich pedagological experiences.
This unique creative process creates memorable moments in the students' lives. Through actively engaging educational experiences, educators can deepen that retention by letting students work with the information to create art that has meaning to them.
Bringing in a professional artist to teach their creative process provides in-school, hands-on, professional development opportunities, offering teachers unique educational approaches that they can add to their tool box.
whole school residencies
An artist in residence may facilitate one class, many classes or the whole school, into a wonderful shared experience enhancing the school as community.
“Aviva’s passion for the artistic process is infectious. Her knowledge of ecology is inspiring to students because she helps them understand the relevance of the subject matter in relation to themselves and the wider world” Mrs Michelle McKay Head of Visual Arts, Aitken College