Eden Unearthed, the largest privately funded exhibition of its kind in Australia, returns to Macquarie Parks’ Eden Gardens on Monday 1 November. Eden Unearthed has once again come together showcasing over 30 artists and their works in an exhibition that focuses on the Three Pillars of Sustainability, with generous stipends paid to support the artist’s work.
Featured artworks range from sculptural pieces, textile to tactical works, interactive sound and light installations, all capturing something exceptional and ephemeral about our environment. This year Eden Unearthed 2023 examines Anthropocenic issues such as climate change, habitat and species loss, and ask questions about life on the brink of the Pyrocene: the age of fire. It also tells ancient stories of magic and enchantment, and fosters feelings of hope and contemplation.
Graham Forsyth, one of the three Eden Unearthed judges and Adjuct Professor UNSW Arts and Social Sciences said, “The works, often beautiful, sometimes whimsical, and always enchanting and stimulating, engage with Eden Gardens’ rich resources of spaces, nooks and ‘rooms’, using plinths made from trees, rocks, walls and water. The flow is both ways: the gardens and spaces allow the works of art to be enlivened and made rich with meaning, while the works support an idea of the garden as green, living, fluid and complex.”
This sprawling exhibition is free to all and runs for a six-month period with the first prize being awarded $10,000 at the launch event on October 31. Curator Meredith Kirton reflected “Having curated this exhibition since its inception, I hope Eden Unearthed speaks to visitors and they enjoy the serendipity of art in the garden.
Located beside the Lane Cove National Park, Eden Gardens is a beautiful plant mecca and display garden for the whole family. A special Children’s Art Trail and interactive signage caters to all ages with workshops scheduled for the school holidays in January and again in April.
Locals, art and plant enthusiasts alike are invited to attend the launch on Tuesday 31 October presented by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. A small ticket price of $35 will cover seasonal canapes and bubbles.
For a full list of participating artists and description of their works, visit https://edengardens.com.au/pages/eden-unearthed