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Saturday 13 October - Sunday 21 October, 10 am - 4 pm daily

Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition

Artisans in the Gardens is an exciting and diverse range of artworks inspired by nature in all its forms.

A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, now in its 18th year, 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 over the nine day event, with proceeds going to the artists and to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens to continue supporting horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs within your Botanic Gardens.

Closing Party: Saturday 20 October, 10am - 4pm.

Due to the Invictus Games we have moved our Closing Party to Saturday 20 October (we will still be open on Sunday 21 October!).

There will be the chance to shop for exquisite artworks, sample a refreshing botanic cordial created by The Kindred Cooks and buy a raffle ticket to win amazing prizes. You can also purchase a hot cup of coffee and a delicious cake or slice from our cafe, run by our talented Volunteer Catering Team. Don't miss the festivities during the final weekend of Artisans in the Gardens! No booking required, entry is free. 


Saturday 13 October - Sunday 21 October, 10 am - 4 pm daily


Free enrtry


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


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available
Exhibiting Artists

Arenaria, Helen Ashley, Krasimir Bekyarov, Sally Blake, Melinda Brouwer, Elise Cameron-Smith, Shimara Carlow, Ben Carroll, Jane Chatfield, Paul Chilton, Jane Du Rand, Carol Endean Little, Michael Ferris, Susanne Fraser, Barbara George, Louisa Hart, Lisa Hoelzl, Tracy Hopkirk, Innovative Metalworx, Odette Ireland, Sui Jackson, Francois Jaggi, Nicole Jakins, Sally Kent, Sarah Lamond, Laurence Usher Ceramics, Jason McDonald, Christina McLean, Ulan Murray, Kate O’Farrell, Outer Island, Clare Peters, Catriona Pollard, Dora Rognvaldsdottir, Kay Runcie, Kim Shipton, Colleen Southwell, Ron Tuck, Gerry Wedd, Miki Whitehouse and Meredith Woolnough.


Meet the Curator
This is Lucette Moore’s third year curating the annual Artisans in the Gardens exhibition. Her passion for finding new and innovative artists and artworks within Australia has helped transform the exhibition into one with a very strong following. Utilising her background in art and photography, Lucette has a keen eye for unique Australian art. Of the exhibition, she says, “We aim to exhibit fresh and exciting work each year, along with a few of the favourites from the past. It’s wonderful to see people’s reactions to the incredible talent we have in Australia.”
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.
History of Lion Gate Lodge
Built in 1878, Lion Gate Lodge is a stunning Victorian sandstone building boasting a private landscaped cottage garden and paved courtyard. Situated just behind the 1812 Macquarie Wall, the lodge features a unique Lion Gate depicting a lion and lioness at the entrance which was created in 1901. The lodge was a home for the Head Gardener, and the name was changed to Lion Gate Lodge in 1979 when it was used as an office for the Trust and Friends of The Gardens. Today, Lion Gate Lodge is home to many weddings and events throughout the year, including three annual exhibitions by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. At Artisans in the Gardens, artists exhibit inside the lodge and in the surrounding garden with unique artworks reflecting nature as a fundraiser for the Foundation &Friends.

Artwork by Sophie Rudder

Artisans in the Gardens 2018

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