Sea of Hands at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Tue Apr 05 - Sat Apr 16 2022
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

Sea of Hands installation and art exhibition

The Sea of Hands at Rathborne Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 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 cultural land burning practices.

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. 

You can be part of the artwork!

As part of the exhibition we need thousands of people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of Rathborne Lodge. The design will involve 10,000 hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods.


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:       Rathborne Lodge via Wolloomoo Gates, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When:        To help build the artwork by 'planting' a hand:
                    From 5 - 9 April, 10am to 4pm 
                    Experience the artwork:
                    From 10 - 16 April, 10am to 9pm
Cost:           FREE

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

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