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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.

Did you know...? Artisans in the Garden is an Associated Event of Art & About Sydney 2015, produced by City of Sydney.

Artisans in the Garden is on now on Facebook and Instagram! Find out about the artists and see some pics of their amazing work. | @artisansinthegarden 

Opening Night Preview - **Tickets are on sale now**

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

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