Director, Bridget Kennedy Project Space, 53 Ridge St, North Sydney
This is where you’ll find me working at my bench or chatting to customers. Apart from showcasing my own work, I also support work by other contemporary jewellery artists, run an exhibition program, provide free community workshops, and occasionally teach short courses with a bit of private tutoring on the side.
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Bridget is the initiator and co-founder of the non-profit Sydney Edible Garden Trail. Their aim is to encourage and inspire growing edible produce in street gardens, home gardens and public spaces across Sydney.
Organic residential food forest and edible community verge garden
I love gardening and have spent the last 10 years slowly developing a sustainable permaculture garden at home and on our verge for neighbours to share. In 2014, the garden was opened to the public for the last year of the fabulous ABC Open Gardens Australia event. In 2018, the garden was awarded first prize in the Edible Garden category of the Lane Cove Council Garden competition. In 2021 the garden was shown Nationally on ABC’s Gardening Australia.
The Repair Cafe Sydney North, 164 Longueville Rd Lane Cove
I’m one of the founding members and am usually there on the first Sunday of the month repairing people’s jewellery for free. Come along and say hi! It’s held monthly on the first and second Sundays of the month between 2-4pm. Even if you don’t have something to repair, it’s a great place to hang out and learn some repair skills. You can grab a delicious organic coffee and cake for a small donation. I also co-ordinate pop-up jewellery repair cafes at my workshop in North Sydney. Find out a bit more about Repair Cafes.
The Seedling at Sagada, Sagada, Philippines
My Partner and I own a low impact bed and breakfast in the beautiful cool temperate, mountainous town of Sagada. We’re both passionate about living a life based on permaculture principles and were concerned about the deterioration of Luke’s ancestral town in the Philippines caused by unbridled tourist development and the massive increase in the use of plastics so we purchased a run-down property on the outskirts of town. We’re slowly turning it into an example of a low impact, low-cost eco-retreat, utilising permaculture principles, greywater, rainwater capture and renewable energy. When we visit, we hold free workshops on composting and other sustainable skills. We built the first ferro-cement rainwater tank in the village, and taught and employed locals to ensure that these skills were passed on to the local community. We also run an artist residency program as part of the project. You can also follow us on Facebook.
Co-director, Studio 20/17, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017
Studio 20/17, a combined workshop, contemporary jewellery gallery and retail space, was setup in 2008 with fellow jeweller, Melanie Ihnen. Representing work by various national and international jewellery artists, the workshop also provided bench space for jewellers, short courses in various jewellery skills, private tutoring, and an ongoing exhibition program. Studio 20/17 closed at the end of 2016 when the building was sold for redevelopment into apartments.