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Seed sown for Gardens sculpture event

Monday 11 September 2017

An exciting new event has been added to Eurobodalla’s arts and cultural calendar.

Up the Garden Path will showcase local artworks in the picturesque setting of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens from October 13 to 29.

Curated by Eurobodalla artist Andrea Warren, the exhibition will feature 57 sculptures by 23 artists, both indoors and outdoors at the Gardens.

Gardens Manager Michael Anlezark said the event had been planned for more than a year.

“Sculptures have complemented gardens for centuries and the Botanic Gardens is a wonderful venue to showcase the broad range of artistic talents we have in our region,” he said.

“Fittingly, all the works are inspired by nature.

“They are created from a diverse range of materials – from stone, timber and bronze to the more delicate paper and felt – and the majority of works will be for sale.”

Marrying arts and culture with the Gardens is not new – the facility hosts River of Art exhibitions annually and last year presented the Shakespeare in the Gardens theatre event.

It’s part of a wider plan to diversify Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens and cement it as one of the best in Australia.

“We want Up the Garden Path to be become a major event on the community calendar that helps build on Eurobodalla’s growing reputation as an arts and cultural destination,” Mr Anlezark said.

“Depending on its initial success, we’re looking at holding it either annually or biennially.”

The Gardens’ first ever ‘artist in residence’ Mandy Hillson will host a one-and-a-half day Native Plant Paper Sculpture Workshop during the event on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October. For workshop details visit Council’s events page, phone Mandy on 0447 028 493 or email mandy.hillson@hotmail.com.

Up the Garden Path sculpture exhibition is free and can be viewed Friday 13 October to Sunday 29 October during the Gardens’ opening hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm.