Artists in the Garden Photo Festival opens at Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden

Kerry Fahey’s photo ‘Red and Blue’.

THE Artists in the Garden Photo Festival will be launched on Sunday 4 December at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour with close to 300 photographs submitted.

Artists in the Garden Directors James P Gilmour and Tammy Mills-Thom designed the Photo Festival as a celebration of place through the art of photography.

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The festival guidelines for submission of photos were that they had to be taken in the Botanic Garden during September and October 2022 and anyone could enter for free.

“This is an inclusive and dynamic collaboration which celebrates place, art and community,” James told News Of The Area.

“Our partnership with Coffs Central has given us the opportunity to produce large photo banners to be installed along the garden walkways.”

Around half of the submitted photographs have been printed on these large banners, which include the photographer’s name and photo title.

“Statistically, there are 60 square metres of stunning photographs,” he said.

They will be in place throughout the summer.

“What makes the festival so special is its site-specific nature.

“The photographs had to be taken in the garden in a designated time.

“Also, we chose not to make it a competition meaning everyone could submit photos with no judgement or cost.

“The variety of photos exemplifies this, it truly is a celebration of the Botanic Garden.

“The Coffs Botanic Garden is one of my most sacred places,” said James.

“I’ve watched it build from its beginnings and I am so proud to be able to showcase moments of it through the photos in this exhibition.”

Tammy told NOTA, “The Botanic Garden is a special place, and the images enhance and highlight its diversity and beauty.

“It has been a real joy to receive such different perspectives of a truly unique place in the centre of Coffs Harbour.

“The banners will be donated to the City of Coffs Harbour and the Friends of the Garden for ongoing promotions.”

As a festival partner, Coffs Central will also be showing the images on digital screens throughout the shopping centre.

Artists in the Garden is held on the first Sunday of every month between 12pm and 3pm.

Sunday 4 December will see a free Sip and Sketch (zero alcohol) workshop using charcoal and paints by Awia Markey at 12.30 to 2.30, a performance by The Sailor and the Dancer from 1pm as well as showcases from visual artists and spoken word performers.

Enquiries can be made to Tammy Mills-Thom 0419 898 112, and online at


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