PLANTBANK WORKSHOP : MARCH 19 - 20 - 21 ... South West Sydney.

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This is the name of the Workshop Sophie Munns is offering as well as the title of the 3 week Art Exhibition being held to coincide with the National Seed Forum March 14- 16, opening Friday late afternoon March 11th.

The public are invited to attend the exhibition ... Opening times are yet to be finalised so please stay tuned.

On the Weekend following the Forum MARCH 19, 20 & 21 .... a 3-day workshop will be conducted along the same lines as the January workshop.

You may book for the SATURDAY ONLY if you can't make the Sunday or Monday ... it will be an intensive Introduction to exploring the world of seeds visually.

Three days will offer more time to explore the rich thematic material available at this unique facility and Botanic Gardens.

*We have now offered a 3rd day owing to the popularity of the 3-day January workshop bookings.


The BOOKING Payment INFO & PROCESS is set up here for the PLANTBANK WORKSHOP at the Australian Botanic Gardens Mt Annan in South West Sydney.

You can email for info to be sent to you directly...


phone on 0430 599 344 to chat in person.

Cost for One Day = $130
Two days = $230
Three days = $330

Saturday 19th March
Sunday 20th March
Monday 21st March

BOOKINGS OPEN NOW ... i will advise here if there are NO PLACES left. At the moment the bookings have been solid so I am thrilled but we have some room left so dont despair!


REFUND ON BOOKING will be repaid in full up until February 28th (minus $10 admin fee).

REFUND minus 30% will be paid for cancellation between March 1st & March 19th except in the case of an emergency situation.

Please do email Sophie with any queries re this.

If we can help with info about accommodation/transport do get in touch if that will make a difference to your booking. It will be a great help with our planning if you communicate with Sophie on 0430599344.


Images here include 2 examples from a recent Tweed River Gallery workshop where experienced creatives & newbies spent a day exploring seeds through a variety of mediums & processes... via experimental exercises designed to open up fresh ways of working. When at Plantbank you will be exposed to seed forms found in the archives... a rich biodiversity stored onsite & from around the grounds. At Sophie's Instagram Gallery you can scroll through to discover wide-ranging seed-based artworks & other images from 2014 workshops.

This WORKSHOP is being held at the Australian PlantBank on the grounds of the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan in South West Sydney between Camden and Campbelltown ... see website :

This will provide you with useful information, a map, & so on. Do not hesitate to make contact!

If coming for one day only please note that Saturday is suggested as the BEST day for you to attend for the benefit of the INTRODUCTION.

If there is interest we may offer a third day, Monday March 21st, for those who wish to make the most of the opportunity to spend an intensive 3 days working in this unique and stimulating environment.

Our January workshop was an ideal time to offer three days for those who could stay on longer. It may be possible in March too as I will be onsite. Just ask!

The Persoonia Lab is our classroom... seating 24... however smaller classes are ideal for 'Seeds through the Artist's Lens workshops' and of course the extensive grounds can be accessed at any time during the day for a wander or chance to draw outdoors. NB: Saturday we will be focused on a series of experimental work inside the Lab.

You will be given a short list of things to bring... smart phone, journal, handful of art materials if you have some things of your own you particularly like to use that can be added to all that will be supplied in class for your use. Those staying only one day will go home with a simple concertina book to work on further.

AN OUTLINE OF WHAT YOU WILL DO EACH DAY WILL BE SENT OUT...this might give you ideas of some extra things you might like to bring along.

Catering is BYO. The Gardens has an excellent cafe near the Visitors Centre (see Garden's Map) so before class commences you may wish to stop by there for a coffee & to pick up food if you wish. We'll link you to their website for you to check what's available.

NB: A kettle, various teas + biscuits will be available to you each day.

For anyone staying nearby to attend this workshop the artist's tip is to check out Wotif or similar for affordable recommended options. Anyone wishing to join Sophie for Saturday and/or Sunday dinner is welcome. After two previous residencies her familiarity with good casual local dining options is reliable.

Artist Bio:

Sophie has undertaken Artist Residencies at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in 2010; Oct 2011 onsite at the the KEW Millennium Seedbank in West Sussex, UK; May 2012 at The Institute for Molecular Bio-science at Queensland University in Brisbane; Oct, 2012 at Cairns Botanic Gardens in Far North Queensland, near the World heritage listed Rainforests of the Wet Tropics.

A May 2014 residency at PLANTBANK, Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan, NSW was followed up with a second residency in May, 2015. The artist launched her NEW workshop titled "SEEDS THROUGH AN ARTIST'S LENS" at PLANTBANK this year and is now offering this workshop in a variety on venues including at her Brisbane Studio SeedArtLab, Tweed River Gallery in October & PlantBank in January & March, 2016