whats-on, royal botanic gardens artisans
Caringbah textile artist Deborah McGinn has been selected to take part in the Royal Botanic Gardens annual Artisans in the Gardens exhibition opening on October 19. A diverse showcase of more than 4000 artworks representing 40 of Australia's creative heavyweights - and a selection of emerging stars - will unite this month. Back for its 19th year, Artisans in the Gardens is a nine-day celebration of the natural world across the mediums of sculpture, ceramics, hand-blown glass, photography, jewellery and textiles. Curator Sandy Crichton and her team have spent almost a year assembling the extraordinary collection from across Australia. "Whether your budget is $20 or $20,000 or something in between, there is something here for everyone," she said. This year's exhibition will be more extravagant in terms of its scale as Artisans will spread for the first time beyond Lion Gate Lodge into the adjacent gardens along Macquarie's Wall - famously built by Governor Lachlan Macquarie for his wife as a charming carriageway. A share of the proceeds from the exhibition go to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens with continuing their support of horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. The free exhibition is on until October 27 at historic Lion Gate Lodge, 10am-4pm.