“40 Years of Local Designs” Art Installation 2013

Aug 15, 2013 by in News Comments Off

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Celebrating 40 years of promoting Sydney’s designers and creative small business entrepreneurs, Paddington Markets is venturing into new territory with innovative events and art installations. “Markets today need to be more than a place to shop” says Janet Collins, Markets Manager. “They need to feed the senses and the soul; the best markets are both a visual and a community experience”.

From November to January the markets will operate under an art installation called “High Street Shopping” a collection of shopping bags individually decorated by local designers and artists who trade at Paddington Markets. In this way the art becomes a part of the environment that we engage in, not just something that we purchase” says Ms Collins. Mannequins will be hung from the rafters, and to promote sustainability, each mannequin, is clothed in reused materials. This reinforces that Paddington Markets has been the birthing place of a number of Sydney’s now established designers and after 40 years is still a regular shopping destination for undercover celebrities, tourists, locals and interstate visitors.

A community based social enterprise, this Market also supports a centre for people who are homeless, isolated and with mental health issues. After 40 years and in a tough retail environment Paddington Markets is still giving to the community and encouraging Sydneysiders to come and support those still making creative Australian clothes and handcrafts.

While the rest of the city is focused on Art and About, “The “High Street Shopping” installation will add vibrancy to Oxford Street and create an interesting environment for all who visit Paddington”.

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This project is made possible with the support of Paddington Uniting Church

Special Thanks to:

Reverse Garbage who have supplied mannequin’s dressed in reused materials 
Planet Cake – Paddington Markets- Birthday Cake 
Albury Environ Bags 
Kennard’s Hire, Alexandria – All Terrane Lift 
KT Keble’s – Wire Rope

Installation: Luke Rhodes 
Installation Assistant & Concept Bag Designer Kamal Kothari

Produced by Janet Collins

Where 395 Oxford Street at Paddington Markets 
When From Saturday 24thOctober 2013 to January, 2014 
Cost: Free

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‘HANGING AROUND – Umbrella Project’ 2013


Spring has come early to Paddington with an explosion of vibrancy and colour at Paddington Markets. In association with Kulchafest, a month long celebration of art and culture in Paddington. ”Hanging Around – the Umbrella Project” reminds us that colour and creativity are important to our lives and community. Umbrellas provide shelter and protection from harsh weather.

Paddington Markets is a not-for profit that provides shelter and support for the homeless and isolated and is also committed to provide support for small local Australian artists and small businesses. In hanging these umbrellas, Janet Collins said ‘When I see an umbrella I think of shelter, which is what our homeless centre achieves, it also is a reminder that Paddington Markets open rain, or shine.”

Paddington Markets marks it’s 40 focused on supporting creative locals and serving the local community. Without the Market, the Eddie Dixon Centre for the homeless would not operate. “Our umbrellas hang to celebrate life and creativity whilst remembering that lives also hang in the balance”.

Paddington Markets has a long history of supporting the arts and culture and we believe that Australian designers and creativity should be nurtured and promoted.

“There is no reason that art, culture and community need to be marginalised or sacrificed because of our society’s preoccupation with business and profits. We need to encourage creativity if we are going to prosper as a society and economy into the future”

Tina RendellThornton talking about Kulchafest August 2013 ! This project is made possible with the support of Paddington Uniting Church.

Special Thanks to:


  • – All Umbrellas
  • Kennard’s Hire, Alexandria – All Terrane Lift
  • KT Keble’s – Wire Rope
  • Installation: Luke Rhodes
  • Installation Assistants: Shawn Li
  • Sophie Harvey
  • Photographer:
  • Filip Przerwa

Produced by Janet Collins

Where: 395 Oxford Street Paddington at Paddington Markets

When: From Friday 9th of August

Cost: Free


Tina Rendell Thornton Phone 0419 984 002 Email: Tina Rendell

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