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reFraming Nature 2019 Natural History Art Exhibition

Following the success of reFraming Nature 2015 and 2017, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens (FRBGM) in Melbourne is ...

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Hellebore Polly Sutherland


DESCRIPTION About the tutor: Polly Sutherland is a 22 year old British scientific artist and illustrator. She graduated with a BA ...

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Art Master Class with Beverly Allen

A four day contemporary botanic art class with multi-award-winning artist Beverly Allen. Working with one plant subject, this class will build ...

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Documentary on six Australian Botanical artists, produced by Botanical artist David Reynolds

Over the past two and a half years David has been writing, directing and filming an hour long documentary on ...

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The Florilegium; A unique publication to celebrate 200 years of history

A unique publication to celebrate 200 years of history The Florilegium The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Celebrating 200 years A beautiful, 224 page ...

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Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition Catalogue

The beautiful full-colour catalogue is available for sale for A$20 plus packaging and postage by downloading this Order Form for the Catalogue and sending via email to: president@botanicalartsocietyaustralia.com. Read more about this exciting exhibition here.

Upcoming BASA Exhibitions

BASA Exhibition at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2020

25-29 March 2020  at Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.
Entry forms for BASA members will be available in December.

Flora at Floriade – 29 Sept – 11 Oct 2020

BASA will be running an exhibition during Floriade in Canberra  at the Fitter’s Workshop in the Kingston Arts Precinct. More information available in 2020

Flora in Tasmania – 29 Oct – 8 Nov 2020

BASA will also be running an exhibition in Tasmania at Salamanca Gallery, Salamanca Place in Hobart

Calendar of Botanical Art Events

Art Master Class with Beverly Allen @ Maiden Theatre Royal Botanic Garden,
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

A four day contemporary botanic art class with multi-award-winning artist Beverly Allen.

Working with one plant subject, this class will build your skills by the demonstration of techniques from initial washes to dry brush detail and finishing, and through individual instruction. The emphasis will be on close observation, accurate drawing, the many subtleties of colour and use of light to create a three dimensional painting. Suitable for intermediate to advanced students, or those with drawing skills and experience in other media.

Includes lunches on the Foundation & Friends terrace

About the tutor: Beverly Allen
Beverly worked as a graphic designer and illustrator before moving to botanical art in 1997. She has shown annually at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney ‘Botanica’ Exhibition since 1999, and exhibits internationally. Her work is held in private collections including the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, as well as at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation USA, the Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium Library at Kew Gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, the Highgrove Florilegium for the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Sydney.

Beverly was awarded a Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s exhibition in 2007 and in 2010 was awarded the inaugural Gold Medal for Botanical Art by the New York Botanic Gardens.

She co-founded and is president of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.