Utopian Folk is a collaboration between Melissa Loughnan of Utopian Slumps gallery and Christie Petsinis and Tim Wilson of Folk Architects. Together, they seek to expand art, design and architecture into new territories, and create inspiring and sustainable environments through unexpected, new and collaborative approaches. Utopian Folk’s aim is to promote an open-minded attitude towards the development of new ideas, visions and actions for better living.
Hortus is a notable project: it’s a temporary glasshouse in Docklands, installed in March 2014 as part of a revitalisation of the area. Inside, there’s an edible plant installation by artist Lauren Berkowitz and a cafe serving Seven Seeds coffee and seasonal produce. It’s a beautiful communal space for Docklands residents, workers and visitors.