Head to the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney this spring for the annual Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition. Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople will showcase over 3,000 artworks and entry is free!

From totems to teacups, stoneware to delicate glass and robust garden art, this year’s Artisans in the Gardens is the place to find a bespoke treasure. This diverse and unique exhibition includes a selection of the most popular artists as well as championing emerging artists.

Artist: Katherine Mahoney

Held annually in the grounds and rooms of Lion Gate Lodge at the Royal Botanic Garden, the exhibition will run from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October, opening daily from 10am -4pm.

The nine-day event features over 3,000 works by over 40 artists including a wide range of mediums such as sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, weaving, textiles and more.

Curator Libby Wright is excited about the works included this year, with treasured artists from the last few decades combined with exciting new artists.

“People expect to see new things, including a wonderful mix from the tiny to the magnificent. We always say, we’ve got something from $20 to $20,000 making this exhibition accessible to all,” says Libby.

Artist: Sarah Lamond

Several Northern Beaches artists are being featured in the exhibition, including:

  • Sculptor Newton Bishop from Cromer. Newtons’ work is totally related to gardens and playgrounds. As a landscaper, stonemason and sculptor, he is inspired by our native plants and animals. He sculpts with sandstone which is so abundant in Sydney and has a very natural sense of place in the garden.
  • Sculptor Tom Butterworth. Fusing craftsmanship with art, Tom seeks to create beauty and functionality using a material which is part of Australia’s natural landscape. The sandstone’s sheer beauty and the deep unknown history of the rock lights up his imagination. Tom’s love for nature, paired with hard work allows him to create functional and aesthetical sculptures. Each piece is handmade using only up-cycled Australian sandstone. Every piece is an original, so you will forever own one of a kind.
Artist Tom Butterworth
  • Sculptor Clive Calder from Avalon. Clive is a sculptor and director at Australian Bronze at Manly. His eucalyptus leaves are lost wax cast which is a method where molten metal is poured into a mould that has been created by means of a wax model. The edges are deliberately cast fine so that they short pour, creating an accidental edge which is unique and represents the way leaves decompose naturally or are eaten by insects. They each have a unique natural organic patination.

Artisans in the Gardens is a great opportunity for visitors to purchase a piece of art for their own collection inspired by the gardens, whilst showing their support for the Gardens and artists.

Artist: Jason McDonald


  • Tracy Luff’s two- and three-dimensional artworks created from fluted cardboard and recycled pallets.
  • Alexandra Hirst’s glass Botany vases
  • Jo Norton (Thrown by Jo) has created some really gorgeous totems
  • Julie Parker’s textiles which are handstitched and detailed representations of Australian Grevilleas
  • Returning Stars like Colleen Southwell and Al Phemister
Artist Tracy Luff


Alyson Hayes Ceramics, Ann Lemon Art, Nicola Bannerman, Betty Jo Designs, Bronwyn Berman, Fiona Blake, Clive Calder, Caslake & Pedler, Lee Clark, Patrice Cooke, Crofters Craft, Jane duRand, Nina Field, Yaja Hadrys, Barbara Heath, Bright Heller, Alex Hirst, Lisa Holzl, Ian Clare Studio, Imagine Design Fabrications, Liz Jones, Sue Lalor and Nurit Ophir, Lia Klugman Ceramics, Penny Lovelock, Made By Ben, Katherine Mahoney, Nikko Main, Jen Mallison, Jason McDonald, Fiona Nelson, Newton Stone Design, One Stone, Julia Parker, Al Phemister, Michael Purdy, Dora Rognvaldsdottir, Brett Stone, Susan Trimble Art, The Garden Curator, Thrown By Jo, Tracy Luff Art.


Ceramic Bird workshop with Jane du Rand Studio
Tuesday 24 October, 10 am–2 pm
Create a mosaic bird to hang in your home or amongst your plants outside,
selecting your favourite native Australian bird. Suitable for beginners, from $180.

Artisans Exhibition Tour with the Curators
Wednesday 25 October,
10.30 am–11.30 am, from $30
Enjoy this exclusive small-group experience. Morning tea included.

Ceramic Bells with Nina Field
Thursday 26 October, 10 am–12 pm
Hand craft your own small ceramic bell and learn a variety of techniques to
shape, finesse and texturise the surfaces of your vessels. All experience levels
welcome. From $250.

Food with Friends Café
Café open every day throughout the exhibition, serving handmade treats,
sandwiches and salads, with coffee and traditional or herbal teas.
Open from 10am to 3pm daily throughout the exhibition.

Tickets are available for the opening night on Friday Oct 20, please click here. 

Artisans In the Gardens
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Rd
When: Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free entry
Website: https://www.botanicgardens.org.au/whats-on/artisans-gardens


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