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Fired Earth: inspired by nature ended on Sunday  2 October 2022.

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Diprotodon image in First Nations art style, by Wilay Designs

MEGAfauna: a walk through time!

1 – 30 July 2023, 8:30am – 5pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

Alerting all explorers! We need your help to discover our long-lost creatures at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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Megafauna, Dead Puppet Society

MEGAfauna afterDARK

1 – 7 July 2023, 5:30pm – 8:30pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

Experience a night like no other in this immersive, illuminated and cultural event with life-size diprotodons by award-winning visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society.

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Megafauna, Dead Puppet Society


1 July – 6 August 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

See ancient creatures come to life in the Gardens with visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society.

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Puppet prototype by Gabrielle Paananen

Puppet Construction Workshop

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

Travel back to the Pleistocene era with Dead Puppet Society and delve into a world of creature design and puppet construction in this fun and hands-on workshop.

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1 September – 2 October 2022 — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition exploring the connection between the earth, the Australian flora, and humanity.

The works focus on the diversity of ecosystems, native plants and aspects of the earth such as boulders, stones and other strata. 

Presented by Claybodies, an independent collective of artists based in Canberra, who share a passion for ceramics. We aim to challenge preconceptions about ‘ceramics’ and to showcase and celebrate our love of the material itself. As artists whose raw material is the earth, they feel a strong connection to the Australian land and its manifestations.

Connections between the earth and the Australian flora, and in turn humanity, are explored. Various ceramic techniques and materials have been employed. Some are wheel thrown pieces and decorated with hand carving, colours and glazes; others were hand built with a variety of surface treatments.

Claybodies: Ceramic Demonstration 

Sun 11 Sep | 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm | Free 

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Join ceramic artist and Claybodies member, Ingrid Adler, with a demonstration of the techniques used in her woven Eucalyptus leaf plates. Ingrid will reveal the processes she uses - from cutting the leaves to weaving them into beautiful plates - and will explain the entire process from selection of clay to firing.

The demonstration will be held in the Banksia Centre and is free to attend. Please register to attend as numbers are limited.

Claybodies: Flower Arranging Demonstration

Sun 18 Sep | 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm | Free ​​​​​​

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Join Canberra Flower Club members Ruth Bourke and Lorraine Kwong for a flower arranging demonstration that showcases Australian native flora. The demonstration will use vases made by members of Claybodies. The aim of the arrangements is to create harmony between the vase and the flowers to create an aesthetically pleasing result. 

The demonstration will be held in the Banksia Centre and is free to attend.

Please register as numbers are limited.


1 September – 2 October 2022


Visitor Centre Gallery