UTS Library

Wildebeest Workshop Exhibition - part of the Sydney Design Festival

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5 September - 7 October
Level 2 - Library Foyer
UTS Library 

The Wildebeest Workshop is a pair of portable wagons designed to facilitate community building projects, travelling workshops or roving men’s sheds. First commissioned for the 2013 Sydney Design 3x3x3 Design Challenge, they were designed and constructed entirely from recycled materials by Social Designer Tasman Munro, who is a staff member and PhD student at UTS. Wildebeest aims to encourage communities to engage in hands-on problem solving through skills sharing and DIY construction.

Since their launch at the Powerhouse Museum in 2013 the wagons have built installations at art festivals, hosted fortnightly woodworking nights at Join The Dots workshop and most recently formed a partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI). At the Auburn Centre for Community they are used in workshops for local refugees and asylum seekers who are transforming an old bowling green into a vibrant community garden. The ongoing visits have taught a large group of gardeners basic carpentry skills, helped them set up their own workshop and trained one member to continue teaching.

The wagons are on display in the foyer of UTS Library as part of Sydney Design Festival 2016. We are hosting two associated events:

Native Beehive Woodworking Workshop (register here)
9.30 - 1pm, Monday 5 September
Come along and learn how to construct a native beehive, using recycled and found materials.

Wildebeest Workshop Exhibition Launch
1 - 2pm, Monday 5 September
Hear about Tasman's work and join us in celebrating the launch of the exhibition.

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