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Artisans in the Gardens 2013
Rae Bolotin and Denese Oates

16 October 2013

Rae Bolotin and Denese Oates will have sculpture on display as part of this year's Artisans in the Gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. The exhibition, now in its thirteenth year, will be open Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 October 2013, 10 am - 4 pm. The inaugural Artisans Sculpture Walk will be open from Saturday 12 - Sunday 27 October 2013, 7 am - 7 pm. Artist talks will take place on Wednesday 23 October. For more details, visit

About Artisans in the Gardens:

This annual spring exhibition, presented by Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature. The exhibition will feature the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors.

For a new perspective on the Garden take a stroll along the Artisans Sculpture Walk.  It will feature a diverse range of contemporary artists working in both ephemeral and traditional mediums. These installations of steel, bamboo, timber, plastic and wire will adress the instinsic beauty of nature, the changing Australian landscape, botany and contemporary environmental concerns. The works set in the Garden will create a rich and playful dialogue between the artists and the viewer. 

Maps of the route along with information on the artists and a childrens activity sheet will be provided at information booths in the Garden.


Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (former USSR) Rae Bolotin came to Australia in 1979. She has exhibited in China and extensively in Australia, including regularly at Sculpture by the Sea, the University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award, Sculpture in the City, Sculpture in the Vines and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. In 2006 Bolotin won the Willoughby Art Prize and in 2007 she exhibited as a finalist in both the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award in Victoria and in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2012 she showed in the Heysen Biennal in South Australia. Bolotin's work is held in numerous public and private collections including Artbank, Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney. 


Born in Orange, NSW, Denese Oates studied at the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney (now College of Fine Arts, UNSW). Since 1976 Oates has exhibited in over fifty group exhibitions and she has had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions. In 2011 Maitland Regional Art Gallery showed a solo exhibition Denese Oates: Sculpture, following on from a solo exhibition held at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2010.  Denese is regularly chosen as a finalist in the University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award and in 2010 her work was acquired into the university collection. Denese Oates' work is extensively represented in both public and private collections, including Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Alexander Mackie Collection, Sydney; Artbank; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS; Christchurch City Art Collection, New Zealand; Eden Gardens Sydney; New England Regional Art Museum NSW; Optus, Sydney; Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; Rockhampton Art Gallery QLD; University of New South Wales & Wollongong City Art Gallery.

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