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18 MAR - 2 APR

On the Edge: Species at Risk

An exhibition exploring nature in peril.

Coming to Lion Gate Lodge in Autumn 2023, On the Edge will highlight Australian flora, fauna and habitats that are threatened by climate change, development, introduced species and other environmental issues. The exhibition will showcase a diversity of endangered and vulnerable Australian species and ecological communities. The artwork includes a wide variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, wood, and textiles. Each artwork will be accompanied by an artist's statement outlining the threat the species or environment is facing.

During the two-week exhibition we host a number of artist led free demonstartions and paid exhibition tours, workshops, walks and talks. These events are a great opportunity to explore the exhibition, learn from the artists themselves and find out more about the environmental issues we are facing.

Volunteer run Food with Friends Cafe will be open once again between Wednesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 2.30pm. Indulge in fresh coffee, sandwiches and homemade treats while enjoying the On the Edge: Species at Risk exhibition.

Artwork shown by Josh Dykgraaf, Meaghan Potter and Deborah Wace

Free Artist Demonstrations

Bonsai Demonstration with Dave Segal 

Saturday 18 March, 10.30am - 12pm 
Location: Lion Gate Lodge

Join Bonsai artist David Segal as he demonstrates the basics of creating and refining Bonsai in this unique, 2-hour presentation. In addition to fielding questions throughout the presentation, the artists will provide information on the following topics: the history of Bonsai, basic plant physiology and techniques such as wiring, pruning, shaping and repotting.

Illustration Demonstration with Sue Liu 

Wednesday 22 March, 10am - 2pm
Location: Lion Gate Lodge

Watch this live drawing demonstration by Sue Liu. Sue is a self-taught illustrator and observational artist, and creates intricate, realistic illustrations of Australian native wildlife from land, sea and sky with Artline pens and colour wash markers.

3,000 Days and Counting with Sharon Field

Thursday 23 March, 12pm - 1pm
Location: Maiden Theatre

In response to David Attenborough's prediction that 2/5 plants may be gone from the planet by 2100, Sharon Field set herself a challenge - to draw each a day for the next 3000 days on a continuous scroll, the purpose of which is to provide a visual record of the plants we are in danger of losing, and to help educate people about the fact that we don’t have much time. She started on Earth Hour Day – 26 March 2022. One year on, join her to examine the work, and which species have disappeared.

Scratchboard Demonstration with Joan McKay

Sunday 2 April, 1pm - 2pm
Location: Lion Gate Lodge

Scratchboard is an art medium that involves scratching through a thin layer of ink to show parts of a lighter-colored layer underneath. Joan is a Signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, and a tutor of scratchboard at NatureArt Lab, ACT.

Join Us for the Opening Night

Join us for the opening night of our brand new exhibition On the Edge: Species at Risk. You'll get the opportunity to mingle with the artists, enjoy Taylors wines along with delicious canapes, and shop for exquisite pieces before the general public in the beautiful surrounds of Lion Gate Lodge. 

We are thrilled to announce that the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water and local member for Sydney, will be opening the exhibition, which will also be attended by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley and Denise Ora, Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Friday 17 March 6pm - 8pm Find out more

On the Edge Exhibition Events

Food with Friends Cafe
Visit the On the Edge: Species at Risk exhibition pop-up café at Lion Gate Lodge, where you can indulge in fresh coffee, sandwiches and homemade treats right in the heart of our exhibition precinct.


Saturday 18 March to Sunday 2 April
10AM - 4PM Daily


Free Entry, All Artwork for Sale


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


Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available
We would like to thank our wonderul sponsors for On the Edge: Species at Risk:

Terms and Conditions
Customer: The person who is attending the event. Member’s Price: Available for customers who will hold a current membership with Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens at the time of the event/activity. Customers, individuals or groups must be named as membership holders. Non-Member’s Price: Available to all customers who are not current membership holders with Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. For cancellations of less than 10 days: No refunds or transfers. For cancellations of 10 to 30 days prior: Cancellation fee is 50% of event/activity price, capped at a maximum of $100. The remaining amount paid can be used to transfer to another event/activity or refunded. For cancellations of 30 days or more: No cancellation fee applied. The full amount paid can be used to transfer to another event/activity or refunded. Special cancellation policies apply to Foundation & Friends New Years’ Eve event, and National & International Tours. For more information about T&Cs call 02 9231 8182.

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