Nine Meals from Chaos

Nine Meals from Chaos
Exploring local food security, sustainability and the growing of food in Western Sydney. Nine Meals from Chaos Exploring local food security, sustainability and the growing of food in Western Sydney. Arts Centre; Arts and Culture


Nine Meals from Chaos is a project that explores​ local food security, sustainability and the growing of food in Western Sydney.​

“Loss of agriculture presents serious risks to the resilience of the city, to the health of residents and the viability of farmers operations. For example, a disruption in the major transport routes into Sydney from a bushfire or fuel shortages could leave Sydney with only days worth of fresh produce.

Research finds that if we continue down the path we’re on, Sydney stands to lose over 90% of its current fresh vegetable production. Total food production could shrink by 60%, and the Sydney food bowl’s capacity to feed its’ residents could drop from meeting 20% of food demand down to a mere 6%.” 


Bankstown Art Centre is working with four artists to explore the ideas of food sustainability and security, the growing of food and consumption of food. Bankstown has a rich history of market gardens and a community of growers. Still today many backyard and balcony gardens can be spotted in the region.​​

Selected artists

Machiko Motoi​

Machiko creates works that straddle traditional values in Ceramics and Contemporary artistic expression. Since 2010 she has worked on projects in interior design, window design, installation art, ceramics and performance art. She is currently based in Sydney's South West where she makes works for exhibitions and facilitates public workshops. ​​

James Nguyen

James Nguyen has an interdisciplinary art practice and output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. Nguyen's video and performance practice looks at the process of making and observing art through the "performative potential of the camera". By documenting the actual recording of footage, the camera and the act of filmmaking becomes part of the work rather than just the filmic apparatus.



Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen is a Sydney based artist who creates wearable art often made from recycled materials. Since graduating from UNSW Art and Design Tam has alternated between commercial graphic design and experimental sculptures. Her passion for environmental conservation continues to be the biggest source of inspiration with works often referencing the natural world.



My Le Thi​

My Le Thi was born in Buon Ma Thuot, Central Highland of South Vietnam and came to Australia in 1985. Thi's practice spans installation, painting, sculpture, sound, music, animation and video art. "My work concerns about human conditions and in many aspects my work speaks about all walks of life and against discrimination." In addition to practicing multi-media art since 1986, Thi is also a performer, art consultant, project coordinator, a curator, an art teacher and a youth worker.



The artists will developed work at the Incubate Artist Studios between 8 July  - 11 August 2019.

​Key dates

  • Residency: 8 July  - 11 August 2019
  • Exhibition: 12 August - 24 September 2019
  • Artist talks, demonstrations, forum and community picnic : Noon - 4pm, 31 August 2019

Artist Talks, demonstrations, Forum and community picnic​

Enjoy a picnic of local food, explore works by local artists and join in a forum facilitated by celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis, exploring the potential of food sustainability in your backyard

31 August 2019
Noon - 4pm
Bankstown Art Centre


For more information, please contact Bankstown Arts Centre​.

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