The Frugal Forest is a Frugal Arts Inc project, supported by One Off Makery and based in Pappinbarra, NSW. It involves artists, musicians, scientists, schools and community across the Mid North Coast. To date over 1170 people have contributed, from making leaf litter to designing massive palm trees, creating soundscapes and videos or building websites. The aim: to create an arresting and immersive forest installation, entirely from stuff that was headed for landfill. Why? Because a forest is a living example of an endlessly sustainable zero-waste system, in which waste is an opportunity and there’s no such thing as a dump. In a world of dwindling resources and a growing waste problem, we could learn a lot from that.

There are all sorts of ways you can get involved: come to a workshop, see the show, find us on Facebook, or explore our free education kit.


9 March – 28 May 2017: Frugal Forest at Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong

26 July – 6 August 2017: Music of the Forest, Sydney Opera House

8 September 2017 – Feb 2018: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie