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Dates to be announced soon

NAIDOC Week: Sea of Hands at The Calyx

Due to new advice from NSW Health this program will be temporarily cancelled. Please contact feedback@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions.

The Sea of Hands at The Calyx is designed by award winning artist Frances Belle Parker, a proud Yaegl woman. The design is planned to be a fully immersive audio-visual experience and focuses on the NAIDOC theme of ‘Healing Country’.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is partnering with ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands, to The Calyx for NAIDOC Week 2021. 

New dates will be announced soon.

Kids playing with the Sea of Hands

About Frances Belle Parker

Frances has been a practising artist for the last 20 years coming to prominence after winning the Blake Prize in 2000 making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history. Since then she has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken art residencies in China and Andorra and worked on several Public Art Projects.

See more of Frances' work.

The Calyx lawn is a large open space and the Sea of Hands is an outdoor event with a Covid Safety plan registered with NSW Health. The capacity of the lawn with 4m2 is 600. Conditions of entry include requirements to stay away if unwell, record keeping via QR codes, 1.5m physical distancing, hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.


Dates to be announced soon




The Calyx
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
View virtual tour


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available