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Garden Art Month returns this April to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

March 25, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

After the overwhelming popularity of Garden Art Month last year, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has brought back a fabulous program filled with creative and surprising exhibitions in one of the city’s most stunning settings.

Throughout April and extending into May the Garden will be buzzing with an exciting range of art-inspired activities, children’s program, music and exhibitions showcasing international artists. We will also showcase the powerful inspiration of nature through the exquisite original artworks in the Botanica Exhibition and scientific botanical illustrations submitted for the annual Margaret Flockton Award.

Taking centre stage is Botanica – the leading contemporary botanic art exhibition now in its 20th year where the theme of ‘Celebration’ has been explored by artists.

As you view the exhibition showcased inside Lion Gate Lodge, you will see what ‘Celebration’ means to each of the artists in the 120 paintings exhibited.

Besides celebrating the 20th anniversary, the theme considers our own relationship with plants. A significant portion from the sales of the original and limited-edition prints goes to the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

Celebrating artists from around the world

The beauty and complexity of nature as seen through the artist’s eye doesn’t stop there, The Calyx will be hosting Plants with Bite Illustrations and Ikebana: Transforming Autumn.

The contrast between retro comic book inspired illustrations and the Japanese art of floral displays, a 500 year old tradition, will surely be a feast for the eyes.

If you are stopping by on a Tuesday, the Students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will be playing lunchtime performances outside of The Calyx. There are plenty of sunny spots to relax to music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras.

The legacy of Margaret Flockton

Now in its 16th year, the Margaret Flockton Award attracts the best professional and amateur scientific botanical illustrators from around the world.

This Award is unique amongst international art awards, focusing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, instead of botanical art.

Creative kids

Budding artists will bloom at Garden Art Month which is conveniently timed during the autumn school holidays.

A new collaboration between the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the National Art School, the Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt weaves kids throughout the Garden on a quest to visually record the landscapes, plants, people and animals in an iconic setting.

Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Garden Art Month, National Art School.

More from Garden Art Month

Throughout April and extending into May the Garden will be buzzing with activity. For more information about Garden Art Month at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney visit the website here.

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