It could be the most important exhibition you see in your lifetime! On the Edge: Species at Risk is on at The Royal Botanic Gardens offering incredible art on a vital topic; so take your friends, neighbours and family but just don’t miss it!
Australia’s startling loss of species and diminishing biodiversity is the subject of an engaging new exhibition On the Edge: Species at Risk at the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens this month.
The exhibition features over 80 artworks from emerging and established artists who are using their creativity to raise awareness about the world’s threatened species and habitats.
The artworks encompass a range of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, wood, and textiles, with each piece accompanied by an artist’s statement outlining the specific threat faced by the species or environment portrayed.
Two well-known local artists are featured in the exhibition. Pamela Pauline is a local photographic artist who she shares the exquisite beauty of the natural world, focusing primarily on endemic Australian flora and fauna that are vulnerable to extinction. Pauline’s artistic talent has earned her recognition as a finalist in numerous awards, including the winner of the National Trust 2021 Heritage Award for exhibitions.
Owen Crick is an artist who draws inspiration from the beauty of his Pittwater surroundings, creating expressive representations with pointillism, sculpture, and printmaking techniques. Drawing on his Indigenous background and horticultural practices, Crick repurposes materials from local shipwrights, flotsam washed up on shore, and vintage charts sourced from sailors to craft vibrant and dynamic aquatic creatures.
On the Edge – Species at Risk will be free to attend, and visitors can also participate in various artist-led events and paid tours, workshops, and talks throughout the exhibition’s two-week run.
Some of the event highlights include (click headings to book):
Mingle with artists, enjoy Taylors’ wines with delicious canapes and shop for exquisite pieces.
Join Paul Nicholson and volunteer guides Ann Webber and Pam Davis to discover some of Australia’s most endangered plants.
Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia will discuss complex climate change issues, habitat loss and species decline.
Create a unique and striking sustainable bird assemblage with upcycled garden plastics.
Sit in the garden at Lion Gate Lodge and take in the atmosphere with a delightful morning tea followed by an exhibition tour.
Meet the Royal Botanic Garden’s most visible members, the birds, with our volunteer guides and join Dr Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia for a talk about endangered feathered friends.
Decorate a chocolate Bilby for Easter with a range of coloured icing, sprinkles, smarties and silver pearls.
Indulge in petit fours, finger sandwiches and CWA Manly Branch’s freshly baked scones, with the added twist of some flora and fauna themed cupcakes and bilby chocolates.
Pop These Free Artist Demonstrations in Your Diary too (no need to book):
- Bonsai Demonstration with Dave Segal – Saturday 18 March 10.30am – 12pm
- Illustration Demonstration with Sue Liu – Wednesday 22 March 10am – 2pm
- 3,000 Days and Counting with Sharon Field – Thursday 23 March 12pm – 1pm
- Scratchboard Demonstration with Joan McKay – Sunday 2 April, 1pm – 2pm
In addition, visitors can enjoy fresh coffee, sandwiches and homemade treats at the volunteer-run Food with Friends Café, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation & Friends’ continued support of The Botanic Gardens. The café is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
On The Edge: Species at Risk will make for a lovely day out whilst raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of our incredible wildlife. So please go along and support this incredible exhibition – before it’s too late!
On The Edge: Species at Risk
When: 18 March – 2 April, 10am – 4pm daily
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free (please see website for ticketed events)
Main image: ‘Devil Roller’ by Jason McDonald