Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Foundation & Friends

Artisans in the Gardens 2015

When: 10am-4pm on 10-18 October 2015
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Free Entry. 

Artisans in the Gardens is a journey into the fascinating world of contemporary craft and sculpture with an opportunity to view and purchase newly commissioned work from over 50 emerging and established Australian artists and craftspeople.

This year’s exhibition focuses on the artist’s engagement with nature. The  works draw inspiration from the beauty and complexity of the natural environment, and issues surrounding sustainability and environmental concerns. 

Presented by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens and curated by Julieanne Mills, the exhibition will showcase a broad spectrum of mediums including jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and sculpture. Curated to appeal to a broad audience this exhibition celebrates the diversity of artistic expression and the art of the hand made.

This year’s outdoor sculptural works include Michael Purdy’s carved sandstone bowls, Adam Rish amusing wooden carvings, exquisite bird baths and cast bronze sculptures by Annie Herron, lifelike and imaginary ceramic birds based on Australian native species by Linda Davy and the dinosaur footed ceramic chickens of Jackie Lallemand.

A beautiful collection of bespoke homewares includes the hand painted porcelain of Niharika Hukku and Frances Smith, new stoneware plates, bowls and platters by Katherine Mahoney and hand printed linen by Freedom Wilson.

Inspirational jewellery, incorporating recycled components, gumnuts, precious stones and metals, reinterpret the botanical theme with a twist from Melinda Young, works inspired by fungi from Michelle Kelly and  hand coloured metal flowers by Zoe Grigoris.

All items are for sale with part of the proceeds supporting the work of the Foundation & Friends.

Opening Night Party

When: 6pm-8pm on Friday, 9 October 2015
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends Members $45 / Non-members $55 

Tickets to the Opening Night Party sell out fast and are now available to purchase. Book now for opening night.

Exhibiting Artists 2015

Nicole Ayliffe
Joy Georgeson
Agatha Pupaher
Alyra Bartasek
Jenny Green
Michael Purdy
Edith Barrett
Zoe Grigoris
Carolyn Rendle
Hugo Berkelmans
Helen Hay
Adam Rish
Kassandra Bossell
Annie Herron
Jimmy Rix
Braidwood Central School Students
Sarah Howell
Ayako Saito
Lucinda Chambers
Niharika Hukku
Amanda Seddon
Linda Davy
Scott Ingram
Jan Shaw
Jan Downes
Michelle Kelly
Sultana Shamshi
Caroline Duffy
Jackie Lallemand
Frances Smith
Ernabella Arts
Scott Leonard
Deb Taylor
Nadya Van Ewyk
Katherine Mahoney
Ralph Tikerpae
Ben Eyles
Louise Martiensen
Hidemi Tokutake
Karen Farrell & Amanda Hale
Elizabeth Milsom
Jacek Wankowski
Maureen Faye-Chauhan
Rei Minohara- Starke
Jenny Wiggins
Timothy Ferguson
Sassy Park
Freedom Wilson
Yuko Fujita
Emile Patteson
Meredith Woolnough
John Gardner
Al Phemister
Sarah Yates
Barbara George
Michelle Pujol
Melinda Young

If you are interested in exhibiting in Artisans in the Gardens 2016 please send your contact details and enquiries to: or call Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens on 02 9231 8182. We will then send you an information pack and application form and notify you of upcoming application deadlines. 

Media & Photo Enquiries

For further information, photos and interviews please contact
Louisa Goodall, Marketing and Membership Manager
Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
02 9231 8182


Melinda Young Silver City Dreams Ruffle Neckpiece

Jacek Wankowski Paua

 Katherine Mahoney The Gardner's Table Photo by Greg PiperMeredith Woolnough Textiles

 Carolyn Rendle Twitter BirdbathSassy Park Three Bottles