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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.

Artist: Jason McDonald

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.

Artist: Josh Dykgraaf

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.

Julianne Allcorn a well-known artist who teaches art in Roseville will be in the exhibition. She draws inspiration from the Australian bush, particularly the flora and fauna surrounding her garden studio, where she spends time sketching, planning and playing in her journals.  Julianne works on birch wood panels and paints in watercolour to bring these species to life.

Artist: Julianne Allcorn

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):

Opening Night, Friday 17 March 6pm – 8pm

Mingle with artists, enjoy Taylors’ wines with delicious canapes and shop for exquisite pieces.

Plants in Peril Walk, Saturday 18 March 10:30am – 12pm

Join Paul Nicholson and volunteer guides Ann Webber and Pam Davis to discover some of Australia’s most endangered plants.

Expert Panel Discussion with Costa Georgiadis – Thursday 23 March 3 – 4pm

Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia will discuss complex climate change issues, habitat loss and species decline.

Beautiful Bricolage Birds with Nichola Bryan – Sat 25 March 12pm – 4pm

Create a unique and striking sustainable bird assemblage with upcycled garden plastics.

Curators Tours – Wednesday 22, Monday 27, and Friday 31 March

Sit in the garden at Lion Gate Lodge and take in the atmosphere with a delightful morning tea followed by an exhibition tour.

Brunch with the Birds and Dr Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia – Thursday 30 March 7:30am – 10:30am

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 your own Chocolate Bilby – Saturday 1 April, 11am – 12pm

Decorate a chocolate Bilby for Easter with a range of coloured icing, sprinkles, smarties and silver pearls.

On the Edge High Tea – Sunday 2 April, 2pm – 4pm

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)

Website: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/what-s-on/on-the-edge-species-at-risk

Main image: Jane Guthleben, ‘Banksia Scrub’