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Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition

Posted Oct. 14, 2017, 9:18 a.m. by T

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Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition

Lion’s Gate at the Royal Botanic Gardens


October 13, 2017

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a not-for-profit membership based organisation supporting horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs across all three of Sydney’s Gardens – the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Relishing in the magnificent Botanic Gardens throughout the year and enjoying their tranquility is quite something. The Foundation & Friends do not only preserve them to protect its unique plant life from an uncertain future, but inspire the community to invest in plant conservation and help combat the spread of disease, as well as enable scientists to continue their vital research in plant science to fight the threat of extinction.

Over the years Foundation & Friends have supported many projects in Botanic Gardens including:

  • Committing $1millon to a new glasshouse in the Royal Botanic Garden to accompany the new exciting world-class attraction The Calyx
  • Researching into the prehistoric Wollemi pine
  • Donating $1m for the teaching and research laboratories at the Australian PlantBank in the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Providing annual scholarships to Botanic Gardens employees to further their education and broaden their experience
  • Restoration of the Palace Rose Garden, displaying roses that will grow in Sydney using environmentally friendly horticultural practices
  • Donating for The Jungle, a pristine Blue Mountains rainforest with ferns and towering coachwood and sassafras trees
  • Renovating of Lion Gate Lodge, a popular venue for functions in the Royal Botanic Garden
  • Interpretive signage to increase understanding of plants, animals and the natural habitats

… and much more.

Friday, the thirteenth of October saw the launch of Artisans in the Gardens at the Lion Gate Lodge at the Royal Botanic Garden, an immersive showcase of more than 2,000 pieces representing 44 of Australia’s finest established and emerging artists and craftspeople, working across the media of sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, jewellery, textiles and much more.
A wonderful exhibition to visit but also a perfect opportunity to purchase a significant artwork from sought-after or emerging artisans, which exhibits pieces that are thought provoking, functional and beautiful pieces of art.

The artistic inspiration for the works draws on nature in all its forms. All items in the exhibition are for sale over the nine day event, with proceeds going to the artists and to helping Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens to continue its support of horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs within Sydney’s Botanic Gardens.

Highlights of the 2017 incarnation included the Australian painter Elizabeth Cummings and potter Barbara Romalis making their first time appearance with their prized annual exhibition of decorative pottery (hand-painted by Elizabeth).

Harrie Fasher, recipient of the Helen Lempriere Scholorship at 'Sculpture by the Sea 2017' and renowned for her extraordinary deconstructed horses along with works of the innovative sculptor Matthew Harding — known for his vast and eye-catching public projects in Australia and abroad – exhibit pieces designed especially for Artisans in the Gardens

Carolyn Young’s intriguing ecological photographs find beauty in the most unusual of places and the unusual techniques of Seraphina Martin —  whose solar-plate etchings are used to produce detailed prints without using chemicals – add to the diverse offerings.

Jewellery-maker Virginia Aland’s faïence work, based on an ancient technique from Mesopotamia that reached its height in Ancient Egypt more than 3,500 years ago (where ground quartz or sand is mixed with oxides and fired in a kiln to produce a glass-like surface with a lustrous colour) and Jane du Rand’s ceramic flora and fauna domes, with a distinctly Victorian revival feel, add additional facets to the diverse art pieces on offer.

A carefully curated and well-planned event organized by a conglomerate of dedicated supporters whose attention to detail and heartblood pervades every aspect of the operation.

Make sure to visit next time you are in town.


Photos from event website

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