Head to the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney this spring for the annual Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition. Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople will showcase over 3,000 artworks and entry is free!

From totems to teacups, stoneware to delicate glass and robust garden art, this year’s Artisans in the Gardens is the place to find a bespoke treasure. This diverse and unique exhibition includes a selection of the most popular artists as well as championing emerging artists.

Held annually in the grounds and rooms of Lion Gate Lodge at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the exhibition will run from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October, opening daily from 10am -4pm.

The nine-day event features over 3,000 works by over 40 artists including a wide range of mediums such as sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, weaving, textiles and more.

Curator Libby Wright is excited about the works included this year, with treasured artists from the last few decades combined with exciting new artists.

“People expect to see new things, including a wonderful mix from the tiny to the magnificent. We always say, we’ve got something from $20 to $20,000 making this exhibition accessible to all,” says Libby.

Artist: Sarah Lamond

Lindfield ceramic artist Alyson Hayes will be featured at the exhibition and says it’s the perfect showcase for her work.

“I believe that nature is the ultimate designer and it is the inspiration for all of my work.”

Each piece of Alyson’s work contains little memories, imprints of her time in nature, the secrets it reveals when she takes the time to connect and be present. She slip casts the bases, then hand builds the top form so no two artworks are the same.

Artist Alyson Hayes

Other local artists in the exhibition include sculptor Lee Clark and ceramic artist Katharine Mahoney from St Ives. Lee works with a range of media, including clay, hebel and wire. Inspired by the unique wildlife, flora and fauna of the national parks around Sydney, Lee’s wire sculptures capture the essence of native Australian animals, with a particular focus on Goannas. Using rolls of wire netting, Lee carefully cuts and manipulates the wire to create the intricate structure and form of the Goanna’s torso, limbs and head. The process takes several weeks to complete and involves a high level of skill and attention to detail. To ensure durability in an outdoor setting the finished sculpture is spray-painted.

Katherine’s ceramics are represented in many museums throughout Asia and in private and corporate collections worldwide. She trained as a production thrower in the UK in the mid-1970s, taking an apprenticeship with Keith Harding at Cranbrook Station Pottery. Katherine then moved to Hong Kong where she was heavily influenced by Asia’s rich history of ceramics, before settling in Australia.

Artist: Katherine Mahoney

Artisans in the Gardens is a great opportunity for visitors to purchase a piece of art for their own collection inspired by the gardens, whilst showing their support for the Gardens and artists.

Inspired by the colours, myriad patterns and palpable textures of the Australian landscape – from a meandering line of trees to a shock of iron ore on an exposed rock face – this work, created for Artisans in the Gardens celebrates a mingling of elements, reflecting the abundant beauty of this place.

Artist: Jason McDonald

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Tracy Luff’s two- and three-dimensional artworks created from fluted cardboard and recycled pallets.
  • Alexandra Hirst’s glass Botany vases
  • Jo Norton (Thrown by Jo) has created some really gorgeous totems
  • Julie Parker’s textiles which are handstitched and detailed representations of Australian Grevilleas
  • Returning Stars like Colleen Southwell and Al Phemister
Artist Tracy Luff

FULL LIST OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Alyson Hayes Ceramics, Ann Lemon Art, Nicola Bannerman, Betty Jo Designs, Bronwyn Berman, Fiona Blake, Clive Calder, Caslake & Pedler, Lee Clark, Patrice Cooke, Crofters Craft, Jane duRand, Nina Field, Yaja Hadrys, Barbara Heath, Bright Heller, Alex Hirst, Lisa Holzl, Ian Clare Studio, Imagine Design Fabrications, Liz Jones, Sue Lalor and Nurit Ophir, Lia Klugman Ceramics, Penny Lovelock, Made By Ben, Katherine Mahoney, Nikko Main, Jen Mallison, Jason McDonald, Fiona Nelson, Newton Stone Design, One Stone, Julia Parker, Al Phemister, Michael Purdy, Dora Rognvaldsdottir, Brett Stone, Susan Trimble Art, The Garden Curator, Thrown By Jo, Tracy Luff Art.

SPECIAL ASSOCIATED EVENTS: 

Ceramic Bird workshop with Jane du Rand Studio
Tuesday 24 October, 10 am–2 pm
Create a mosaic bird to hang in your home or amongst your plants outside,
selecting your favourite native Australian bird. Suitable for beginners, from $180.

Artisans Exhibition Tour with the Curators
Wednesday 25 October,
10.30 am–11.30 am, from $30
Enjoy this exclusive small-group experience. Morning tea included.

Ceramic Bells with Nina Field
Thursday 26 October, 10 am–12 pm
Hand craft your own small ceramic bell and learn a variety of techniques to
shape, finesse and texturise the surfaces of your vessels. All experience levels
welcome. From $250.

Food with Friends Café
Café open every day throughout the exhibition, serving handmade treats,
sandwiches and salads, with coffee and traditional or herbal teas.
Open from 10am to 3pm daily throughout the exhibition.

Tickets are available for the opening night on Friday Oct 20, please click here. 

Artisans In the Gardens
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd
Sydney
When: Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free entry
Website: https://www.botanicgardens.org.au/whats-on/artisans-gardens
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