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June 29 to July 11

NAIDOC Week: Sea of Hands at The Calyx

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. 


  • 29 June to 3 July - take part in building the artwork by 'planting' a hand

  • 4 July - free Community Day and official launch, more information to follow

  • 5 July to 11 July - experience the artwork during the day or at night, stay tuned for more

You can be part of the artwork!


As part of the exhibition we need thousands of people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of The Calyx. The design will involve 10,000 hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods as part of the 'Healing Country' theme.

Kids playing with the Sea of Hands

The final design will be revealed at the Community Day on 4 July 2021 after the public installation takes place.

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


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available