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Saturday 17 - Sunday 25 October 2020

Cultivate Exhibition

Explore this treasury of artworks and experience the beautiful connection of art to the Botanic Gardens.

Cultivate returns to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney this October, brought to you by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. The name Cultivate will be familiar to long-time members of the Gardens where the exhibition is back, but this time with a twist.

In the past, Cultivate was about showcasing emerging artists and forging new relationships. This year, the Cultivate exhibition is all about strengthening our existing relationships with artists and showcasing the very best of our exhibitions. With favourites from Botanica, Wild Thing, Artisans in the Gardens, PL❤NTS, and Treecycle, this treasury of art will allow you to explore the beautiful connection of art to your Botanic Gardens.
The full programme of artists will be announced in the spring, but to launch this exciting exhibition, we have curated a handful of artists to represent the exhibition as part of this online launch from 1 June – 31 December. 

A preview of Cultivate can be explored on the Botanic Gardens Gallery, where artworks are available for purchase today. Visit & Shop
  • Returning from the Wild Thing exhibition are Eggpicnic, Rachel Hollis and Lenny Pelling all who will take us on a journey celebrating the wildlife that lives in your three Botanic Gardens.
  • Returning from Artisans in the Gardens are Luke Abbott, Shimara Carlow and Nicole Jakins with bespoke, natured inspired pieces.
  • Returning from Botanica are Anna Voytsekovich, Melinda Edstein and Lauren Sahu-Khan showcasing beautiful contemporary scientific artwork.
  • Returning from PL❤NTS are Samantha Dennis, Christina McLean’s hand built and hand painted stoneware clay ceramics, and Hunter Candles, revealing through their work our connection to plants.
We invite you to visit the exhibition in October, where the artworks will be showcased in the stunning surrounds of Lion Gate Lodge. Built in 1878, Lion Gate Lodge is a beautiful Victorian sandstone building, situated along Mrs Macquaries Road. Foundation & Friends have been hosting exhibitions in the Royal Botanic Garden for over 35 years where we hope you enjoy the return of Cultivate

Join us for the Cultivate Exhibition Opening Celebration, where you can view the stunning collection of artworks ahead of the public opening while you mingle with artists ans sip champagne in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens at dusk.

All items in the exhibition are for sale with proceeds going to artists and to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens to continue our support of horticulture, conservation, science and education within your Botanic Gardens.

Art featured above by Rachel Hollis and Anna Voytsekhovich.


Saturday 17 - Sunday 25 October 2020


Free entry


Lion Gate Lodge Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


All ages


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

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