Our skilled team of educators and artists will get participants working with materials from our vast array of industrial discards and quirky leftovers. Participants will get the chance to design and make something to take home with them, as well as being encouraged to think about sustainability and the value of creative reuse.

Brett Lyon

Manager, Education and Professional Development Programs

(M.Ed, B.Ed, DipMktg, CertIVTae)


Fiona Arnold is a well known ‘local’ of the Inner West, she is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator working across sculpture and installation. She has been a practicing community artist for thirty years and is a well known member of the Addison Road community and Reverse Garbage retail team. Fiona enjoys the opportunity to introduce the use of tools to those who have never had the chance an often facilitates our very popular tinkering workshops for children.

In 2018 Fiona created a large scale installation on behalf of Reverse Garbage for the Sydney Bienalle using reuse materials and recently returned from a weekend at the Fusion Festival in Wagga Wagga where she worked with the community on a large reuse installation.


Dip.Arts(Illustration), M.F.A(Painting)

Brendan Smith works across the art and design spectrum with artists, designers and educators. He has been exhibiting his own work both nationally and internationally since 1986. He specialises in art and design education working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, from school age kids to adults in the international tertiary education system.

Brendan presented an interactive music makers installation for the Musica Viva Festival in April 2019 on behalf of Reverse Garbage.


Ffranses Ingram is a textile artist/illustrator and has been living in Marrickville for 30 years

She studied at the School of Wool and Textiles in Adelaide and has been teaching and running workshops at community centres and Adult Teaching Colleges in South Australia, Melbourne, Sydney, and from her Marrickville studio. She has just returned from a two month residency in Iceland where her work was exhibited at the Textile Centre in Blonduos. Some of her designs have appeared in Country Craft Magazines.

“Textiles are safe and inviting” and knitting is often taken onto public transport as women from all cultures will approach and chat even if neither can speak each other’s language. Her favourite pastime is sitting and creating with other textile artists accompanied by huge pots of tea.