About Artisans in the Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s most 
popular exhibition celebrates 20 years

Bringing together a diverse selection of Australia’s creative heavyweights and emerging stars, the Artisans in the Gardens exhibition, online in October and in person in March 2022, commemorates its 20th anniversary.

Since launching in 2000 with just four exhibitors in one small room, the prestigious exhibition has evolved into a sophisticated showcase featuring more than 3,000 works across a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, hand-blown glass, ceramics, photography, embroidery, weaving, textiles and jewellery.

A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens will run from 16–31 October online at www.botanicgardensgallery.com.au/artisans, as a preview to the in person exhibition coming to you in March 2022 at the historic Lion Gate Lodge (off Mrs Macquaries Road in the Royal Botanic Garden).

Curator Sandy Crichton and her experienced team have spent two years assembling the extraordinary collection from across Australia, in a price range from “affordable” to “impressive”. “Not everything in Artisans is big and spectacular …some pieces are small and spectacular,” said Sandy.

This year’s online exhibition will be accessible to all, with a magnificent collection of works available to be shipped across Australia, including a collection perfect for Christmas gifts.

Highlights include:

  • Emma Young’s superb hand-blown glass in a riot of colour
  • Jack Buckley’s rich and colourful embroidery over fine pen and ink
  • Colleen Southwell’s refined paper sculptures comprising hundreds of individual parts
  • Ulan Murray’s exquisite copper trees, roots and all
  • Isabella Edwards’ porcelain vases adorned with Australian landscapes
  • Nettie Sumner’s fresh and delicate wire and clay hanging pods.

A share of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ continued support of horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs across the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Artisans in the Gardens is proudly supported by: