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Calendar of Botanical Art Events

Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 15 Jun 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    The classes have been designed to provide an opportunity for students to refine their skills as most of the teaching plans, which each of the Tutors have created, are targeting specific skill sets. 

    Additionally, students will receive information sheets, live demonstrations and in some cases pre-recorded videos to demonstrate techniques. 

    The classes will only be 2 hours/week and cost $250 for Friends' members and $275 for non-members.

    Class numbers are limited to 10 people as a large class size will make it difficult for the teachers to effectively communicate and provide time to provide quality feedback to all students during each class.

    To participate in the classes effectively, it is best for students to have a computer, laptop or iPad with a camera.  The students really need to be using a device with a camera to get the most from their class. Instructions for downloading and accessing Zoom will be provided to all students before classes commence.

    Classes will begin in the week beginning the 27 April 2020 and will continue for 8 weeks with the exception of public holidays and long weekends. A full list of dates for classes will be available before classes begin.

    The following classes are being offered online for term 2: (a beginner level assumes you have completed a Beginner's class)

    Monday 10am-12pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Mali Moir
    Monday 1pm-3pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Mali Moir
    Tuesday 1.30pm-3.30pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Jessie Ford
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Jessie Ford
    Wednesday 10am-12pm with Dianne Emery (Advanced class)
    Wednesday 1pm-3pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Dianne Emery
    Thursday 1pm - 3pm (Intermediate/Beginner class) with Jessie Ford – BOOKED OUT
    Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm (Advanced/Intermediate class) with Dianne Emery
    Saturday 10am - 12pm (Beginner/Intermediate class) with Mali Moir
    Saturday 1pm - 3pm (Beginner/Intermediate class) with Mali MoirSunday 1pm - 3pm (Beginner/Intermediate class) with Dianne Emery

    For more information and registration contact Friends Office (03) 9650 6398  

    • 1 May 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Redcliffe Museum, 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe QLD 4020

    Due to COVID-19 the Museum is closed until further notice.

    Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson marks the 250th anniversary of the HMB Endeavour’s voyage along the east coast of Australia. Scientists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, together with illustrator Sydney Parkinson, gathered and recorded many “curious plants (they) met with on shore”.

    Showcasing new works by members of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland, the exhibition is an innovative exploration of the artistic, scientific, environmental and cultural significance of this chapter in Queensland’s botanical heritage.

    More information about the exhibition is  available on the Museum's website.

    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Maiden Theatre Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney

    This three day introduction to painting on vellum will outline the history and production of vellum with demonstrations of the special techniques for preparation and painting on this traditional medium. The emphasis will be on the subtleties of colour and the use of light to create a jewel-like painting.


    Suitable botanical subjects will be available or students may bring their own small treasure.  
    For intermediate and advanced botanical painters or those with drawing skills and other experience with other media.

    Vellum will be available for purchase at the workshop for approximately $25 to $50.

    Includes lunches in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens  

    About your 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.

    For more information, and to register contact Foundation and Friends Office 

    02 9231 8182

    • 14 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 13 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Visitors Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

    The exhibition is part of the celebrations of the Australian National Botanic Gardens 50th anniversary and the Friends 30th anniversary.

    The exhibition subject will be Banksias as well as plants Banks and Solander collected on their voyage with Captain Cook on the Endeavour.

    • 19 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Online

    The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne will present the fifteenth biennial ‘The Art of Botanical Illustration’ Exhibition in 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Art of Botanical Illustration will be presented as a virtual exhibition for the first time.

    This significant showcase is one of Australia’s premier selected exhibitions of botanical artworks with paintings from local, interstate and overseas artists creating an inspiring collection of scientifically accurate works.

    Applications for The Art of Botanical Illustration 2020 are now open and available from the Friends website by clicking here. The closing date for entry and online submission of artwork is 11.59pm 9 August 2020.

    Artists must complete both the entry form and upload their high resolution artwork to DropBox to complete the application in full. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

    The selection of artwork based on the criteria outlined in the ‘Conditions of Entry’ will take place in August and successful artists will be notified on 1 September 2020 via email.

    • 26 Oct 2020
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 30 Oct 2020
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Kingborough Community Hub, Goshawk Way, Kingston

    This workshop is for artists comfortable with drawing plants, and experienced in watercolour, who wish to extend their skills in botanical art. 

    The focus will be on flowers and their structural parts. 

    Cost $300 includes morning and afternoon tea.

    For more information and to book go to www.botaniko.org to download a registration form , or 

    email annick@windclimber.id.au 

    mobile 0409441610

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Maiden Theatre Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

    Working with one plant subject, this class will build your watercolour 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 on paper, 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 your 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.
     For more information, or to register contact Foundation and Friends Office on 02 92318182
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 24 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, 65 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004

    Entries for this exhibition will be open to BASA members only.

    Registration for this exhibition should open  in August.

    To join BASA please click here

    Contact us for more information.

    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 11 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Lion Gate Lodge Garden The Royal Botanic Garden Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

    Fungi is a brand new exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, brought to you by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Lion Gate Lodge will host an array of artworks, including paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and sculptures, inspired by fungi in all their glory.


    Fungi both enchants us and repels us; poisons us and gives us food and nutrients. They can be storybook perfect or hideously grotesque, but for all their contradictions, one thing is certain: fungi have had an important role to play throughout human history. In fact, all life on earth can be categorized into just five major kingdoms of which fungi is one. For this exhibition, we are shining a spotlight on the incredible diversity of fungi.

    All items in the exhibition are for sale with proceeds going to the artists and to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens to continue supporting horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs within your Botanic Gardens.

    Save the date! Get a first look at Fungi Exhibition at the Opening celebration on Friday, 23 April 2021. Mingle with the artists, sip on a glass of Tyrrell’s wine, and enjoy shopping for artworks in the beautiful Lion Gate Lodge before the general public.

    To apply to exhibit in the Fungi Exhibition, please contact Foundation and Friends office 02 92318182   
    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 11 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Lion Gate Lodge, Botanic Gardens Sydney

    The Fungi exhibition which Botanica artists who exhibited in 2018 and 2019 were all invited to register for has been postponed and will take place in autumn 2021. As the Fungi exhibition was always going to have a large component of botanical artwork, we have decided to merge the two exhibitions.

    Therefore, the theme of Botanica 2021 will be fungi and the new dates are: Friday 16 April – Tuesday 11 May 2021

    The exhibition will include botanical artworks amongst other kinds of art, including sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics and painting. The Botanica artists will be selected as per our usual guidelines, whereas the non-Botanica artists will be selected under a different criteria.

    The standard for the botanical artwork will continue to remain very high and that the non-Botanica artists will be exhibiting very different work. This range of work is a compromise in an unfortunate and unprecedented time.

    We will be working hard to promote this exhibition next year and expect to attract a new audience for your work as well. Some of the work that was planned for the July Fungi exhibition included large, colourful fungi sculptures for outside Lion Gate Lodge, a series of ceramic fungi bells for outside, contemporary photography of fungi from our own Gardens, and a range of small sculptures for inside Lion Gate Lodge.

    The exhibition committee includes previous Botanica curators and dedicated members who will be working on the exhibition to ensure its success.

    For more information contact 

    Friends of Botanic Gardens Office on 02 9231 8182  

     

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