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Artisans in the Sydney Botanic Gardens 2017



October 6, 2017

Carolyn Young

Artisans in the Gardens has over 2,000 pieces of sculpture, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass and jewellery created by artists and craftspeople for you to marvel at, and buy to take home.

Set amidst the natural beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, the exhibition of original and innovative artworks will be on display from 14 to 22 October 2017.

Some highlights of the 2017 exhibition include:

Distinguished Australian painter Elizabeth Cummings and potter Barbara Romalis – for the first time their prized annual exhibition of decorative pottery (hand-painted by Elizabeth) will be on show.

Harrie Fasher, recipient of the Helen Lempriere Scholarship at ‘Sculpture by the Sea 2017‘ – renowned for her extraordinary deconstructed horses.

Innovative sculptor Matthew Harding – known for his vast and eye-catching public projects in Australia and abroad, will exhibit a piece designed especially for this exhibition.

Carolyn Young’s intriguing ecological photographs – find beauty in the most unexpected of places.

The unusual techniques of Seraphina Martin – solar-plate etchings are used to produce detailed prints without using chemicals.

Jewellery-maker Virginia Aland’s faïence work – discover an ancient technique from Mesopotamia that reached its height in Ancient Egypt more than 3,500 years ago, where ground quartz or sand is mixed with oxides and fired in a kiln to produce a glass-like surface with a lustrous colour.

Jane du Rand’s wonderful ceramic flora and fauna domes, with a distinctly Victorian revival feel.


Early bird shoppers take note! There is a Shoppers Power Hour on prior to the exhibition opening. It is a ticketed event that will guarantee you have a good chance to look and shop at the exhibition before the general public. The shopping hour will be on Saturday, 14 October from 9am to 10am. Tickets are $20 each – click here to book.


That’s not all. The Growing Friends Spring Fair is on both weekends during Artisans in the Gardens (14-15 and 21-22 October from 10am to 4pm), and you can flash your members card to receive discounts on a great range of plants at the Growing Friends Nursery. The Fair highlights include:

Wollemi Pine – Growing Friends will be selling 20 large plants grown at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (featuring metal tags with details such as the trees from which they originated);

Pine-leaved Geebung – difficult to propagate and therefore quite uncommon, this beautiful NSW native shrub has soft pine-like foliage and yellow flowers;

Blue Mountains Pine – this critically-endangered species is thought to be 200 million years old (and is highly sought-after as a bonsai subject);

Chrysophyllum imperiale – this rare and majestic species originates from the rainforests of Brazil; and

Superbly healthy indoor plants such as Philodendron, Dieffenbachia seguine ‘Tropic Marianne’ and Anthurium andraeanum.


Artisans in the Gardens is the largest annual fundraiser for the Foundation and Friends of the Gardens, a not for profit membership based organisation that supports horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney; the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah; and the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. Proceeds from the sale of works will support the three Botanic Gardens and the local artists.

Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney (near Mrs Macquaries Rd)
Sat 14 October to Sun 22 October, 10am – 4pm daily


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