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Artisans in the Gardens

After a successful online exhbition in October 2021, Artisans in the Gardens will be bringing together a diverse selection of Australia’s creative heavyweights and emerging stars to Lion Gate Lodge this March/April in-person.

A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork. The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, hand blown glass, jewellery, textiles plus so much more.
The pieces are thought provoking, awe-inspiring, functional and beautiful pieces of art. The artistic inspiration for the works draws on the intrinsic beauty of nature as well as current environmental issues and sustainability.
All items in the exhibition are for sale with proceeds going to the artists and to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens continue supporting horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educational programs within your Botanic Gardens.

Artwork featured above by Jason Macdonald, Meredith Woolnough and Jack Buckley


Saturday 26 March - Sunday 3 April,
10AM - 4PM daily


Artwork available for every taste and price range, from $25 to $20,000


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


Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens

About Artisans in the Gardens

Meet the Curators
Libby Wright 

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens are delighted to announce that Libby Wright will be the new curator of Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition. After a difficlut 2 years of pandemic related set backs we are all excited to see how Libby rejuvenates the exhibition. 

With a degree in Marketing/Commerce and a Diploma from University in Japan, Libby's career was based in Finance and Investment. After years of living abroad, she returned home to raise children, and continue with volunteer roles in administration and publicity.

As Libby said "I've been a strong supporter of the arts, and in particular new and emerging artists. With a love of the outdoors and gardens, I look forward to continuing the amazing work of the committee and the Artisans in the Garden Team."
Meet the Curators
Sandy Crichton

Sandy Crichton will be curating her last Artisans in the Gardens in March/ April 2022. With the positivity and joy she bringing to the role of curator and the reisilance of curatoring the exhibition during the covid pandemic which lead to a successful online exhibition in October 2021, we are sad to say goodbye but thankful for all her amazing work. 
Sandy offers a broad range of experience with a background in retail, marketing and design. With a passion for art and horticulture she looks forward to working with a dedicated committee to source exciting art and develop the strong connection of artist and garden.
As curator Sandy aims to showcase some of Australia’s wonderful creative artisans against the beautiful botanical backdrop of the Botanic Gardens and Lion Gate Lodge.
History of Artisans
In 1989 when Elizabeth Davis was a guide in the Royal Botanic Gardens and a Volunteer for Friends of The Gardens, she organised an exhibition to showcase Australian artists. 

The exhibition started humbly, with just one room downstairs in Lion Gate Lodge and four exhibitors – two botanical artists and two ceramicists. Elizabeth, a horticulturist and art gallery owner, had seen an opportunity for indulging her twin passions of art and horticulture and approached Lindi Chapman, the Executive Officer at that time, with her idea.

The beginning of Artisans

With her husband Geoff and their daughter Tor, Elizabeth ran the exhibition successfully for 10 years, nurturing emerging artists and working with established artists. Each exhibition was given a name, such as Garden Reflections and Four Seasons, and each year more artists were added to the exhibition. As it grew and evolved, the opportunity arose to have a separate exhibition of botanic art, and thus increase the activities Friends of the Gardens could offer members and the public. This was realised in 1999, when Margot Child started Botanica, showcasing excellence in botanic art.

In 2000 and 2001, Elizabeth and curator Tim Jackson, and a small committee breathed new life into the original exhibition, which was renamed Artisans in The Gardens.  It showcased ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewellery, textiles and more.

Ongoing success  

2002 - 2005: Jeni McDermott took over as Curator and, over the next four years cemented the reputation of the exhibition, often showing more than 20 artists.
2006 - 2007: Bev Kable
2008 - 2012: Peta Rattray
2013 - 2015: Julianne Mills
2016 - 2018: Lucette Moore

The numbers attending the exhibition continue to grow and it is always well patronised by collectors looking for something new, gallery owners looking for their next artist, art lovers appreciating the works, and visitors to the Gardens who drop by for morning and afternoon tea.
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