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Palm-House

Erected in 1876, the Palm House is the oldest glasshouse in New South Wales. The venue is flooded with an abundance of natural light all year round, creating a serene environment ideal for exhibitions. Click here to download pdf of map.

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Current exhibition

 

Watercourse XI

Watercourse is an exhibition of works by a group of artists who began their pursuit of watercolour study 14 years ago. But just as a stream changes course and splits to move over the landscape through a variety of channels, so our work has changed and grown as we have travelled separately and together along life's pathways since that time.

This year, with some new members and a range of media, we present works both traditional and modern, in watercolour, acrylic, collage and ink, as well as glass bead jewellery.

Artists are Pauline Blaik, Kathy Curtiss, Alison Duff, Kate Evans, Brooke Fraser, Barbara Gray, Gai Grayson, Vicki Hazzard, Keith Lamport, Anne-Marie Leuzinger, Cheryl McDonnell, Nidia Pearson, Raquel Tapia, Glenys Thompson.

When: 15 to 28 April 2014, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enter from Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road
Cost: Free entry, artworks for sale in the range $50 - $600
Enquiries: Gai Grayson, co-ordinator, 0433 330 498

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Upcoming exhibition

 

Enamels & Textiles Exhibition

Heather is celebrating over 40 years of working with enamels, exploring and researching techniques. She still finds the combination of glass, metal and fire exciting and challenging as each piece comes out of the kiln - from red hot to dark colours to the final piece.

The brilliant colours and durability of enamel are combined in wall pieces, small sculpture and with gemstones in necklaces. Leather and timber boxes have enamel set in their lids.

Elizabeth weaves mainly in hand-dyed wool and silk, producing scarves and wraps with a luxurious handle and unique colouring. The scale of pieces range from filmy fine yarns to heavy rugs.

When: Tuesday 27 May - Monday 9 June, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free. Works for sale price range $20-300
Enquiries:  Elizabeth lizcalnan@hotmail.com  0403026927, or phone 9231 8111
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Artists' history

Heather and Elizabeth have been exhibiting together since 1993 and are members of the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW, exhibiting at CraftNSW  in the Rocks, and the North Shore Craft group.

Elizabeth has recently won the Colour award at the New Zealand Creative Festival, also the merit award for Complex Weaving and in 2012, the Complex Weavers award at their exhibition in Los Angeles.

In 2008, Best in show award for Living with Beauty, textiles for the home, in Colorado Springs USA.

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Recent exhibitions

 

Bush, Beaches and In-Between

The exhibition displays the works of six Blue Mountains photographers interested in taking their photography beyond the 'documentary' to explore a more impressionistic and abstract approach. The group has joined together to highlight the diversity of the photographic medium.

When: 15-28 March, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, price range of works for sale: $180 - $400
Further information: judy.thistletonmartin@gmail.com

Artists: Anne Baker, Robyn Cook, Shayne Cocks, Jeannie McInnes, Shirley Steel and Judy Thistleton-Martin

Artists' history: The artists are all members of the Blue Mountains Photography Group. This is their third exhibition together. 

Artists Inspirations

Anne Baker is experimenting with altered reality flower portraits. Anne discovered this technique a few years ago and has been working to refine it ever since.

Robyn Cook’s images display a unique 'Diptic' format where each section conveys a different view of the overall scene, but is still contained in one, printed image. Robyn also finds great satisfaction in exhibiting her work in a variety of different forms such as resin tiles, wood blocks, and canvas prints.

Shayne Cocks is a professional photographer interested in capturing the stillness and softness of her subjects. Shayne’s photography covers a diverse range of genres from commercial products to portraiture and landscapes.

Jeannie McInnes finds that looking through the lens of a camera allows her to isolate the beautifully unique elements of her subjects. These include the Australian bush from its grand vista’s to its small, often intricate details.

Shirley Steel’s passion for photography is often inspired by the world of art. A glimpse of colour, a feeling, an idea or an artistic concept, invariably lead Shirley down a variety of different photographic pathways. Shirley is currently refining a series of images that emphasise the textures found in nature - rock shelves, water movements, sand and bark.

Judy Thistleton-Martin enjoys exploring and researching different photographic techniques, finding the combination of inspiration, camera and computer an exciting, but challenging approach. Judy is currently experimenting with in-camera double exposure, iPhonegraphy and the ever increasing world of apps!

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International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Don’t miss this exhibition of exquisite images from the acclaimed International Garden Photographer of the Year competition 6. The photographs capture the beauty of our green planet, offering unique snapshots of stunning gardens, spectacular landscapes and quirky wildlife. With categories including The Beauty of Plants, Breathing SpacesBountiful Earth and Micro Creatures, the artistry of the images is set to inspire us all to pick up a camera and capture the glorious world around us.

When: Saturday 1 - Sunday 9 March 2014, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $5, Non member $7.50, Child (over 10 years) $2.50, Child (under 10 years) free
Bookings: not essential
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation and Friends’ office on 9231 8182

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Fairy Mist by Adam Gibbs

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The Green Desert

The many and spectacular faces of Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre

This exhibition by award winning photographer Peter Elfes presents Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from an artist's perspective over a five year period from 2009 to 2013, focusing on more recent works not exhibited before in NSW.

The exhibition features low level aerial images with astonishing detail that capture the 'wildly beautiful, constantly changing, impossibly complex mystery at the heart of the Australian continent'. Many of the images are featured in Peter’s book The Green Desert published by Harper Collins in November 2013. 

Peter will be at the Palm House each Sunday during the Exhibition for book signings 11-12 noon and 2-3 pm.

When: 30 January - 23 February 2014, Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am-5 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry to Exhibition. Limited edition art prints from $450.00 to $2,650.00 depending on size
Signed copies of the Artist’s book The Green Desert published by Harper Collins November 2013: $60.00
Mini art prints, cards and post cards also available, prices ranging from $2.00 to $115.00
Further information: Kelly Levy Elfes, ph:0431 123 333, email: kelly@peterelfesphotography.com

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Rachel Newling Birdland 2

This exhibition is a continuation of the ‘Birdland’ theme from a previous solo show, focusing on the birds & landscape of Australia, particularly the Kimberley region of WA, other places in Northern Australia as well as Rachel’s home area of Sydney.

The exhibition will feature hand coloured linocut prints, for which Rachel is best known, also large mixed media engravings and pastel drawings.

Artist's history 

Rachel Newling was born in the UK and attended art schools in London. She moved to Sydney permanently in 1982, to the Northern Beaches area.

Rachel has had numerous solo exhibitions and her works are represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia & internationally. For more info and to view works visit www.rachelnewling.com.

Artists Inspirations 

Some of the works relate to trips I have taken to Northern Australia, the Kimberley, Darwin and Cape York. Many of the ‘Birdland Series’ drawings as well as the linocuts are of birds that are locals here in Sydney or ones I have seen in other places around Australia. My works generally relate to the living world, landscape, plants and animals.

When: 4 to 17 December 2013, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry. Price range of works for sale $650 - $1,700
Further information: Email rachel@rachelnewling.com.au, phone 0403 901 372 or website  www.rachelnewling.com

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Country of my Longing

During 2011 I set out to explore the great outback, travelling in a loop around Australia and returning with 30 canvasses painted en plein air at our camping stopovers.

This year I worked with the memories and moods inspired by the trip and completed another 30 paintings, much larger, using exaggerated and flamboyant use of colour as well as a different painting language to the first images. There are dots for rocks and blobs for trees but it would be hard to miss the meaning and the presence of the infinite Australian outback.

Marijke is equally at home with water-colours, oils and acrylics and is a popular tutor. She has been widely exhibited both in group exhibitions and solo shows and has been published with major contributions to art magazines. She has been exhibiting every year at the Palm House since 2008. She is known for her love of the outback and specialises in trees.

When: 18 November - 1 December 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, price range of works for sale $500 - $1500
Enquiries: 0418 655 817 or 4341 6004, www.marijkegreenway.com, marijkegreenway@mac.com

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'Musings in Ink' by Ruth Law

After a recent trip in Japan, I returned greatly inspired and imbued my work with an essence of Japan. I have painted a series of carp, with decorative patterns.

The geisha shows her pretty face, in bath kimono; along with a selection of fans creating the oriental look of pink plum blossoms & bamboo, whilst others are of Australian wildflowers, giving the east-west look.

When: 17 - 30 October 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, price range of artworks: $130 - $3,000
Further information: 0405 665 496 ruth@ruthlaw.net, www.ruthlaw.net

Artists Inspirations

I am inspired by native flora, and strong Asian influence. I learnt Asian style painting under the guidance of Linda Chang, in San Francisco. I have created my own style of east-west fusion using ink & gouache on handmade rice paper. I live and work in Newtown. I have exhibited at the Palm House annually since 2004.

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Journeys

For this group of women artists who have known each other and painted together for a number of years, this exhibition showcases aspects of their individual journeys. For Anna Eymont-Haremza, it is the chronicling of her sailing voyage around the old world and its mysteries; for Heather Towns - the visual interpretation of emotions inspired by her love of music; for Jojo Fuller - impressions embossed in clay of 'found things collected by the roadside of life …' and for Myriam Kin-Yee - her continuing fascination of myths an  the exploration of different painting mediums.

When: 2 October-15 October 2013, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Palm House, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Free entry, price range of artworks for sale $200-$2000
Enquiries: 0411 751 463

Journeys

Journeys

 

Enamels & Textiles

Heather is celebrating over 40 years of working with enamels, exploring and researching techniques. She still finds the combination of glass, metal and fire exciting and challenging as each piece comes out of the kiln- from red hot to dark colours to the final piece.

The brilliant colours and durability of enamel are combined in wall pieces, small sculpture and with gemstones in necklaces. Leather and timber boxes have enamel set in their lids.

Elizabeth weaves mainly in hand-dyed wool and silk, producing scarves and wraps with a luxurious handle and unique colouring. The scale of pieces range from filmy fine yarns to heavy rugs.

Heather and Elizabeth have been exhibiting together since 1993 and are members of the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW, exhibiting at CraftNSW  in the Rocks, and the North Shore Craft group.

Elizabeth has recently won the Colour award at the New Zealand Creative Festival, also the merit award for Complex Weaving and in 2012, the Complex Weavers award at their exhibition in Los Angeles. In 2008, Best in show award for Living with Beauty, textiles for the home, in Colorado Springs USA

When: Wednesday 18 - Friday 29 September 2013, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, price range of works for sale $20-300
Further information: Elizabeth lizcalnan@hotmail.com  0403026927

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Creative Expressions

A display of Australian Artists’ creativity in different media.

Renate Fischer paints landscapes and seascapes as well as the Australian bush in acrylics and watercolours in an impressionist/expressionist style.

Leeka Gruzdeff paints urban and country landscapes as well as musicians, dancers and singers in a free colourful way. Leeka’s inspiration comes from local and country scenery as well as musicians, dancers and singers. 

Helga Kelly’s landscapes and bush scenes are also colourful and painted impressionistically. Helga’s inspiration is the landscape and the bush. Renate loves the landscape and the sea. She can see the ocean from her studio window and loves the different moods the weather presents. 

Melea O’Connell is a very creative Jewellery maker and designer, employing different techniques, even making her own beads. She also is the published author of books. Melea’s ideas also come from nature and the inherent qualities of the materials she uses.

Tanya and Owen Nicholls are writers and illustrators of science fiction and fantasy books for adults and teenagers. Their works has also been published here and oversees. Tanya’s and Owen’s ideas spring from all sorts of things happening around them, nature, the universe, history, travel, entertainment, politics. 

The three artists, Renate Fischer, Leeka Gruzdeff and Helga Kelly have been painting for over 30 years and have also been teachers of art at various stages in their lives. Melea O’Connell has been making jewellery for a number of years and is also a published author of books. Tanya and Owen Nicholls have been writing and illustrating books for more than 20 years and are also published authors with their own publishing business.

When: 2-15 September 2013, daily 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry
Enquiries: Owen Nicholls Owen@stormpublishing.net

 

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Fusion

The exhibition will display the works of members of Primrose Paper Arts. Works will predominantly use unique paper made by the members themselves using recycled paper and plant fibres. The exhibition will include prints, collages, books, and other three dimensional paperworks.

Primrose Paper Arts celebrated its 21st anniversary this year. The group operates from Primrose Park Art and Craft Centre, one of North Sydney Council's Community Centres. The membership base includes established and emerging artist, with interests which include papermaking using recycled paper and plant fibres, paper sculpture, artist books, surface design, and printmaking.

The Group aims to promote an interest in, and an appreciation of, paper as an art, and to provide support to artists using paper as the basis of their art works.

When: Monday 19 August - Sunday 1 September 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, works for sale $200 - $3000
Further information: Chris Hutch hutchoflilyfield@gmail.com

Seed-exhibition

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Taking Flight

‘Taking Flight’ is a collection of bird paintings by Megan Spiers. Each painting has been inspired by her travels in the outback and bird watching along Australia’s amazing coastline. Megan’s work is highly detailed with an emphasis on depicting the natural behaviours of birds in their environment. She has a deep respect for the natural world, after living in national parks and travelling extensively in Australia and overseas, and this is reflected in her oil and acrylic paintings. The exhibition is free and a selection of paintings and fine art cards will be available to purchase.

When: Friday 2 - Tuesday 13 August 2013, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden
Entry: Free
Enquiries: Megan Spiers at www.meganspiers.com or artist@meganspiers.com

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Gardens in Focus 3 Photography Competition Exhibition

Celebrate the beauty of botanic gardens around the world as captured by both amateur and professional photographers in the third annual Gardens in Focus exhibition. Exhibited images will include the overall winners and category winners, together with a selection of the best entrants from the competition categories: Plant Portraiture, Garden Views, Garden Creatures, People in Botanic Gardens, International Botanic Gardens and Creative Visions. This year the framed images in the exhibition are available for purchase on a first in, first served basis. 

When: Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 June 2013, 10 am - 4 pm (12 - 4 pm only Sat 8 June)
Where: Palm House, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Free entry
Enquiries: 02 9231 8182

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Watercourse X

Watercourse Art Exhibition, the tenth and sixth at the Palm House, is a showing and sale of original framed, unframed paintings and a selection of greeting cards by a group of artists who met at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. The works vary in style from traditional to contemporary, in different mediums, however predominately watercolour from which the group’s name was derived.

Artists are Alison Duff, Barbara Gray, Cheryl McDonnell, Chris Griffiths, Glenys Thompson, Gai Grayson, Janelle Langridge, Lyn Scaysbrook, Margaret Hincks, Magda Kamper, Nirvana Woodlands, Pauline Blaik, Pat Egan, Raquel Tapia and Trish Duncan

When: Thursday 28 March to Tuesday 9 April 2013, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Entry is free. Price range of artworks for sale $80 to $500
Further information: Barbara Gray, phone 02 9521 7526

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Flourish Exhibition

Wendy Littlewood

When: Wednesday 13 March to Tuesday 26 March 2013, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Entry is free
Enquiries: phone 0408 900 087

 

Reef Dreamscapes

Helen Lancaster and Maureen Locke-Maclean have joined together to create Reef Dreamscapes, featuring the many techniques and applications of textile fibre art for which they are renowned. This is a must see exhibition. Demonstrations during exhibition.

When: 18 February to 3 March 2013, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry
Further information: Maureen Locke-Maclean 0439 844 446, maureen.locke@optusnet.com.au, www.reefdreamscapes.com.au

Artist profiles

Helen Lancaster
As a self-taught textile artist, Helen Lancaster had her first solo exhibition in 1980 at the Cameleon Gallery in Mosman, which was re-shown in 1982 at the Lewers Bequest and Regional Gallery, Penrith. The exhibition travelled to Vienna (Austria) to the Gallery am Graben in 1984.

Helen's first solo exhibition in painting was in 1984 at the Hogarth Gallery.

Most of her work relates to the Great Barrier Reef, where colour explodes in a combination of three-dimensional forms, particularly when created in textiles. Helen has specialised on the Great Barrier Reef for the last 32 years and exhibited her works both nationally and internationally with particular interests in anemones, corals, sea snails and nudibranches using fabric manipulation, embroidery and crochet to create reefs and wearable art.

Maureen Locke-Maclean
Maureen Locke-Maclean is a Master Dyer specialising in indigo and the Japanese techniques of 'shibori' i.e., putting memory into cloth incorporating binding, stitching, compression and dyeing. Maureen work has also been exhibited both nationally and internationally showing original artworks and wearable art. Maureen has been inspired by the DVD Drain the Ocean and her work focuses on seaweed, corals and jellyfish.

Living at Wamberal on the Central Coast, Maureen walks on the beach daily at sunrise and notes the debris and seaweeds on the beach.

 Maureen Locke-Maclean

Maureen Locke-Maclean

Natives

Viewers are often taken aback when they learn that the canvases they have been admiring are not paintings but photographs. The exhibition entitled Natives is a study of Australia’s botanical treasures and how they are completely different from anything else in the world.

The artist, Esther Beaton, has widely photographed the unique wildlife and plant life while travelling around Australia working for book and magazine publishers, including Australian Geographic. Between assignments, she began to experiment with her images on the computer. Gradually, she began to transform her 'realistic' photos of plants and wildflowers into impressionistic swirls of colour and blazing patterns. As a result, the artworks retain the raw essence of Australia’s amazing flora, while introducing a certain boldness that enhances their individual characters.

International visitors to Sydney are likely to respond to the artworks since the images will evoke memories of their own trips to outback destinations. However, because each image is accompanied by background information, anyone who lives in Australia can discover more about the unique beauty of our continent’s native plants.

When: 16-30 January 2013, 10-4 daily
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry, works for sale
Further information: Phone 0412 456 191, email esther@estherbeaton.com, website www.TheNativesExhibition.com

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