Artisans in the Gardens

Artisans in the Gardens
Photograph: Supplied/Isabella Edwards/Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Artisans in the Gardens
Photograph: Supplied/Emma Young/Michael Haines Photography
Artisans in the Gardens
Photograph: Supplied/Nettie Sumner/Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens

Time Out says

Inspired by nature in all its forms, this free online exhibition will feature more than 600 works of art

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Artisans in the Gardens is once again returning to showcase the works of both Australia’s creative heavyweights and emerging stars. But this year, something’s different: for the first time ever, the exhibition is going online. 

From October 16-31, keen art lovers will be able to view all of the works virtually as a special preview to the in-person exhibition, which opens to the public in March 2022 at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. 

Drawing artistic inspiration from the intrinsic beauty of the natural world, plus environmental issues of climate change and sustainability, the pieces on display encompass a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and hand-blown glass. There are also 24 creatives and craftspeople featured, like Colleen Southwell and up-and-comer Emma Young.

Other must-view works include Nettie Sumner’s delicate wire and clay hanging pots, Jack Buckley’s colourful embroidery over fine ink and pen, and Isabella Edwards’ collection of porcelain vases, which have been painted with images of the Australian landscape.

All items in the online exhibition are for sale, with proceeds going towards supporting the artists and the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens – a not-for-profit organisation devoted to protecting, promoting and contributing to the development of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

You can view and purchase the works here (prices range from $20 to $20,000), with everything available for shipping right across the country.


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