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Saturday 17 - Sunday 25 October 2020

Cultivate Exhibition

Explore a treasury of 2,000 artworks created by 54 Australian artists, and experience the beautiful connection of art to the 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,  Harvest, PL❤NTS, and Treecycle.
  • Returning from the Wild Thing exhibition are Geoffrey Carran, Eggpicnic, Rachel Hollis, Lenny Pelling and more, 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, Ruth Fugar, Nicole Jakins and more, with bespoke, natured inspired pieces for inside and outside your home. 
  • Returning from Botanica are Beverly Allen, Angela Lober, Lauren Sahu-Khan and more, showcasing beautiful contemporary scientific artwork.
  • Returning from Harvest are Charlotte Thodey, Bronwyn Van de Graaff, mother and daughter trio Helen Devenish-Meares, Tina Hunter, Sue Devenish-Meares, Genevieve Bessell-Browne and Angela McLean, with a mouth-watering showcase of fruit and vegetable still life’s. 
  • Returning from PL❤NTS are Jason McDonald, Samantha Dennis, Christina McLean and more, revealing our connection to plants. 
  • Representing Treecycle is Peter Martin. This unique exhibition features artwork created directly from trees that have graced your Botanic Gardens. Naturally felled or removed, these trees have found new life as artwork.
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

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.

A preview of Cultivate can be explored on the Botanic Gardens Gallery, where artworks are available for purchase today. Visit & Shop

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

Exhibiting Artists

Luke Abbot, Michelle Arnott, ,Mollie Bosworth, Shimara Carlow, Patrice Cooke, Ruth Fugar, Nicole Jakins, Katherine Mahoney, Brooke Munro, Kay Runcie, Kayo Yokoyama, Beverly Allen, Elizabeth Cooper, Melinda Edstein, Anne Hayes, Cheryl Hodges, Julie Holcombe, Tanya Hoolihan, Kerriann Indorato, Amanda Izzard, Angela Lober, Janet Matthews, Lynda McPherson, Elaine Musgrave, Lauren Sahu-Khan, Claire Stack, , Anna Voytsekhovich, Genevieve Bessell-Browne, Helen Devenish-Meares, Sue Devenish-Meares, Tina Hunter, Angela McLean, Nannette South, Charlotte Thodey, Bronwyn van de Graaff, Jacqueline Butterworth, Geoffrey Carran, Pauline Dewar, Nadine Dudek, Egg Picnic, Rachel Hollis, Kate Gorringe-Smith, Rachel Newling, Lenny Pelling, Meaghan Potter, Angela Robertson-Buchanan, Lorien Stern, Studio Australia, Samantha Dennis, Vianney Hunter, Jason McDonald, Christina McLean, and Peter Martin. 


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