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Saturday 19 October - Sunday 27 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 19th year, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork. The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 3,000 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.


Saturday 19 October - Sunday 27 October, 10 am - 4 pm daily


Free enrtry


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

Exhibiting Artists

Luke Abbot, Arenaria, Michelle Arnott, Nicole Ayliffe, Nicola Bannerman, Bronwyn Berman, James Blackwell, Mollie Bosworth, Broadcroft Design, Caslake and Pedler Glass, Shellie Christian, Emma Davies, Lissa-Jane de Sailles, Jane du Rand, Michael Ferris, Frank Ideas, Ruth Fugar, Shades of Gray, Linda Haigh, Jim Hamilton, Barbara Heath, Emma Kidd and Bryony Fletcher, Marina Lindsay, Little Fear, Angela Lober, Mallee Design, Jen Mallinson, Luke Mansini, Deborah McGinn, Pangeamaps, Julie Paterson, Michael Purdy, Edith Rewa, Yvonne Sheehan, Steve Sheridan, Julianne Smallwood, Studio Enti, Nettie Sumner, UTS Fabrication Lab and Vince Vozzo.

About Artisans in the Gardens

Meet the Curator
Sandy Crichton

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is delighted to announce that Sandy Crichton has been selected as the curator for Artisans in the Gardens 2019. After previously serving on the Artisans Committee, this will be Sandy’s first year as curator of Artisans in the Gardens and the exhibitions 19th year.
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.
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

What's On During Artisans

Artisans in the Gardens 2019

Previous Exhibitions

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