NAIDOC Week: Sea of Hands at The Calyx in RBGS

  • Tue Jun 29 - Sun Jul 11 2021
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

Due to the current COVID situation this event has been postponed. More details to follow soon.

The Sea of Hands at The Calyx is designed by award winning artist Frances Belle Parker, a proud Yaegl woman. The design is planned to be a fully immersive audio-visual experience and focuses on the NAIDOC theme of ‘Healing Country’.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is partnering with ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands, to The Calyx for NAIDOC Week 2021.

The Calyx lawn is a large open space and the Sea of Hands is an outdoor event with a Covid Safety plan registered with NSW Health. The capacity of the lawn with 4m2 is 600. Conditions of entry include requirements to stay away if unwell, record keeping via QR codes, 1.5m physical distancing, hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.


  • 29 June to 3 July between - take part in building the artwork by 'planting' a hand.
  • 4 July - free Community Day and official launch - more information to follow.
  • 5 July to 11 July - experience the artwork during the day or at night, stay tuned for more info.

You can be part of the artwork!

As part of the exhibition we need people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of The Calyx. The design will involve hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods as part of the 'Healing Country' theme.

The final design will be revealed at the Community Day on 4 July 2021 after the public installation takes place.

Kids and adults are needed to come down and plant hands into the lawn of The Calyx!

About Frances Belle Parker

Frances has been a practising artist for the last 20 years coming to prominence after winning the Blake Prize in 2000 making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history. Since then she has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken art residencies in China and Andorra and worked on several Public Art Projects.

Where:       The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When:        To help build the artwork by 'planting' a hand:
                    From 29 June to 3 July at 10am to 4pm. 
                    Experience the artwork:
                    From 4 July to 10 July at 10am to 9pm or 11 July from 10am to 5:30pm.
Cost:          Free

For more information, please contact Royal Botanic Garden's Sea of Hands website. 

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