Art in the Park

EVENT UPDATE: Art in the Park is still taking place tomorrow, but due to the rainy forecast, we’ll be running the event indoors.
The focus of the day will shift to illustrating detailed plant specimens, such as close-ups of leaves and flowers. Bookings essential, please reserve your spot via Eventbrite.


Join the Parramatta Art Society for a leisurely day of art on the front lawn of Old Government House. Set up your easel, board or other equipment and enjoy the fresh air while you turn your hand to capturing the beauty of the surrounding parkland.

The focus of the day will be illustrating the beautiful trees of Parramatta Park, either as part of the wider landscape or a study of their botanical detail, in homage to George Caley. Caley was the first appointed Colonial Botanist and collected specimens from around Old Government House, using the building to dry them. Once dry these specimens were sent back to the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, England, and successfully grown into some of their first Australian plants.

To help you in your artistic endeavours, Parramatta Art Society members will be on hand to offer assistance with your chosen medium. For beginners, drawing materials will be supplied and assistance given to get you started in landscape or botanical drawing.

Tickets will be available for the Enquiring Minds exhibition which features specimens collected by the colonial botanists and early botanical illustrations.

Artists of all abilities are invited to bring along their paints, pencils and other supplies, or make use of the materials supplied, and participate in this free event. Bookings are essential as attendance numbers will be limited to meet our COVID-19 safety requirements.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Reserve your ticket for Art in the Park

  • If possible please bring your own art supplies as we only have a very limited amount.
  • Lachlan’s restaurant will be offering hot and cold drinks, refreshments and café-style menu throughout the day.
  • Tickets: Free event and access to grounds (admission price applies to enter the house and Enquiring Minds exhibition)

Any questions, please contact us at or (02) 9635 8149.

In conjunction with this event the City of Parramatta Art Society will be exhibiting relevant works in their Hunter Street Gallery (Shop 6, 4-14 Hunter Street, Parramatta) just a short stroll from Old Government House.

Old Government House

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am – 4pm.


Mondays and public holidays.

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
*Concession/child - $10
Family - $35
Children under 5 years – FREE
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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