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The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Part of NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week: Sea of Hands at The Calyx


Every day, 12pm to 1pm Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July



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 lawn for NAIDOC Week 2021. 

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 The Calyx. The design will involve 10,000 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.

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.

Covid-safe information

We will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19.

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