Get hands on and contribute to a project that has flowed across a two-year period embedded in the key learnings from the public and their curiosity about water. School of Water is divided into a series of workshops facilitated by 12 participants from rīvus, The Waterhouse public program and the pre-Biennale program Water Lessons.    

Developed in partnership with Hayball architectural studio, the two-day project will pop-up and takeover The Waterhouse welcoming everyone to collectively consider the following questions through sharing and making.  

How can we collectively heal the urban Watering Hole?  

The Watering Hole in the School of Water is a place of nourishment, connection and co-dependence. It speaks to the need for healthy, abundant water systems and environments, but also a spiritual relationship with water and nature more broadly. 

To enable the project to live on beyond the two-day period, a collective Manifesto will be written mapping how we can continue the healing process of the human in the environment and with water.   

Dates & Times 

Saturday, 28 May 2022
10 am–12.30 pm
2–4.30 pm


Samantha Belyea (Australia) 

Kelly Lee Hickey (Australia) 

Tessa Zettel (Australia) 

Ravi Prasad (Australia) 

Natalia Krysiak (Australia) 

Joyce Hinterding (Australia) 

Sunday, 29 May 2022
10 am–12.30 pm
2–4.30 pm


Nadia Odlum (Australia) 

Chels Marshall (Gumbaynggirr) 

Ian Wright (Australia)

Clare Milledge (Australia) 

Jane Pollard (Australia) 

Marni Reti (Palawa and Ngāti Wai)  


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Participant Bios

Samantha Belyea

I am an Embodiment Coach and Breathwork Facilitator guiding you back to the wisdom of your body and truth of your Soul. My work is a portal of profound transformation and powerful healing to bring you into your deepest truth and power. Always fascinated by the human existence and the very nature of existence I have transversed through many realms of experiential training, esoteric explorations and academic study, which has developed into a profound passion for psycho-somatic-soul integration and living live in deep devotion to Truth, Expression and Intimacy.


Hayball is a national architecture practice with a strong focus on culture, community and learning. Their design approach is underpinned by research and user-centred design, ensuring better and more sustainable outcomes for people and the planet. Working across a range of sectors where people live, work, learn and play, Hayball’s inclusive design processes enable multiple voices to contribute to the vision of new places and spaces.

Kelly Lee Hickey

Kelly Lee Hickey is a artist, researcher and creative producer, living and working on Larrakia and Arrernte lands. Her practice explores the intersections between people and place through writing, performance, and collaborative and participatory works. An Australian poetry slam champion and winner of the Press Press manuscript award, she has has worked collaboratively as an artist, researcher and producer across a range of mediums including radio, animation, quilting and cartography. She is a PhD candidate at Victoria University exploring the intersections between creative practice and community pedagogies in response to ecological and social crisis.

Joyce Hinterding

Joyce Hinterding is an artist recognised internationally for her work across sculpture, object arts, sound art and digital arts. Her practice is internationally renowned for explorations into energetic forces and energy scavenging through custom-built field recording and monitoring technologies. In 2019, Joyce received the Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award.Her research covers a broad spectrum of fields including, energy, acoustics, electronics, alchemy and this finds expression through digital and analogue processes, including drawing, stencilling, interactive real-time environments, 3D computer graphics, sound and video art. She often collaborates with artist David Haines to produce large-scale immersive digital environments video and sound works.

Natalia Krysiak

A practising architect in Sydney, Australia, Natalia Krysiak specialises in the design of child-oriented and community environments. Her area of research focuses on child-friendly cities and how the built environment can contribute to the health and wellbeing of children. In 2019 Natalia is undertaking a Churchill Fellowship exploring best practice for designing child-friendly, high density neighbourhoods. Her research will investigate guidelines and policies implemented in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and the UK which focus on neighbourhood liveability for children and parents.

Chels Marshall

A Gumbaynggirr woman and Knowledge Keeper, Chels is a leading Indigenous systems ecologist and with extensive experience in marine ecology, cultural landscape management and regenerative design. She has over 27 years of professional experience in cultural ecology, environmental planning, design and land management within, government agencies, research institutes, Indigenous communities, and consulting firms. Chels is currently the Director for Flying Fish Blue, an Indigenous-owned company that specialises in socio-cultural and ecological assessment and advisory services. Chels works to embed Indigenous knowledge systems, principles and governance models into business and project planning for regenerative ecological, social, economic and spiritual outcomes.

Clare Milledge

Clare Milledge’s work re-examines contemporary environments with a focus on our engagement with ecology through art, in particular through the use of the historical figure of the artist-shaman. Working with fieldwork as her primary methodology she collects, re-organises, transforms and re-presents recordings, information and material gathered on ecological surveys and site visits. Her research output takes the form of public installation environments that variously incorporate glass paintings, textile works, costumes, sets, collaborative experimental sound and performance.

Nadia Odlum

Nadia Odlum is a multidisciplinary artist from Western Sydney. Driven by a fascination with urban environments, Odlum creates playful and immersive works that explore personal and collective experiences of urban life. The works draw upon movement, patterns and forms within the built environment, then mirror and abstract these elements to form new spatial and material relationships. Through this, Odlum explores how the structure and objects of urban space impact upon encounters and relationships between individuals and communities. Often working site-specifically, their output spans sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, artist-led workshops and performance collaborations.

Jane Pollard

Jane is a maker. Adornment, reuse and collecting are her things.  Crochet and other textiles also take up her time. Her jewellery is well loved and stockists have included Akira Isogawa, Zambesi, Courtesy of the Artist, Object, Artisan, FORM and Craft Victoria, as well as exhibiting work at Metalab, Gaffa Gallery, Object, The Jam Factory and Craft Qld Gallery to name a few. 

Ravi Prasad

Seven interesting things about Ravi that you won’t find on his resume… 
1. I once went drinking with Timothy Leary, he liked scotch. 
2. I was an animatronics operator on the Japanese TV series Ultraman. I caught on fire during a pyrotechnics sequence. 
3. I played opposite Steve Bisley in an episode of the TV series ‘GP’. I wasn’t very good; I have no idea why they cast me. 
4. I was in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. 
5. I was once, briefly, a hand model. 
6. I started a self organising community food program in 2003. In 2004 I received the Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Award at the UTS Human Rights Awards for the project. I’m still struck by the irony of an advertising person receiving a human rights award. 
7.I can now give a lecture on why you should never give an interview on national talk-back radio when you have a hangover. I remain embarassed to this day.

Marni Reti

Marni Reti is a proud Palawa and Ngāti Wai woman, born and raised on Gadigal, D’harawal and Dharug land. She has recently graduated from the Masters of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she was one of the first recipients of the inaugural Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship aimed at fostering new Indigenous talent in the world of architecture. Marni also holds a specially-created position for an Indigenous architecture student at award-winning firm, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture. Kaunitz Yeung have been recognised internationally for their projects working with and for Indigenous communities, and are known for the intensive consultation process they employ to inform culturally sensitive and appropriate building designs. 

Lleah Smith

Lleah Smith works at the intersection of art and pedagogy, she considers the ‘space in between’ as fertile ground for experimentation and play. Smith has worked across Australia and India since 2011. At the core of her practice is an interest in collaboration and knowledge exchange where ‘learning’ is the medium, the artwork and the education. She is fascinated by the ‘educational-turn’ in contemporary art-making and the radical changes and pedagogical shifts impacting how we teach and how we learn. Smith engages in making, writing and research and is the current Curator, Programs and Learning Manager at the Biennale of Sydney and a PhD candidate at Monash University with her research focused on reimaging educator practice as art practice. She is also a Teaching Associate at Monash supporting courses that investigate the intersection between arts, community and environments.

Ian Wright

Ian is a science communicator, researcher and senior lecturer in Western Sydney University’s School of Science. He teaches classes in water science and management, environmental planning and environmental regulation across several degree programs. Prior to WSU, Ian was a scientist in the urban water industry, mainly working at Sydney Water. His research interests include freshwater ecology, water quality, water policy and water pollution (science and management). He also has a long-standing research interest in the impact of concrete materials on water quality and also on impact and management of coal mining activities on streams and rivers. Ian has provided independent expert testimonies for environmental science matters for the NSW Land & Environment Court. He is an enthusiastic participant in community engagement activities associated with water and is often called on to provide expert commentary in the media. He finds the combination of art and science fascinating. Ian is often invited to primary and secondary schools, on behalf of the University, to talk to classes about water and to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Tessa Zettel

Tessa Zettel is an artist, writer and design educator working to imagine and enact other ways of living. Her projects use collaborative and participatory processes to make visible contested histories and possible futures. They often bring forms of exchange, mapping and publishing to overlooked cultural practices and knowledge.

Facilitated by the Biennale of Sydney in collaboration with Hayball.