Symposium – Framing Flora: Artists and the Science of Botany

July 19, 2019 – July 20, 2019 all-day
Art Gallery of Western Australia and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Western Australia James St Mall
Western Australia 6000
(08) 9492 6600


Philippa Nikulinsky, Banksia caleyi

Co-presented with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the What On Earth season program.

The celebration of Western Australia’s wildflowers puts a spotlight on the State’s botanical riches and the threat humans now pose to them. Hear from botanists, curators and artists bringing you an array of botanical and environment themed exhibitions and events in 2019.

TICKETS (price covers both days)
Note: If you would like to attend both days, please only register for Friday 19 at AGWA – your ticket will also be valid for Saturday 20 at LWAG.
General Public $15
Members and Friends $10
Concession $10

// Friday 19 July, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Theatrette //
1.00pm Welcome to Country + Introduction with Jude van der Merwe, curator, ‘Wildflower State’

1.10pm ‘Botany, biodiversity and culture on Country’ with Kado Muir, Ethnobotanist and consultant

1.40pm Keynote talk: ‘Botanical biodiversity in Western Australia, beauty and peril’ with Stephen Hopper AC, Professor of Biodiversity, UWA Albany (CENRM) and School of Biological Sciences

2.10pm ‘Plants of the Western Australian Southwest’ with Phil Groom, Botanical Author

2.35pm Curating the ‘Botanical: Beauty and Peril’ with Laetitia Wilson, Exhibitions Manager, Holmes à Court Gallery

3.00pm Coffee & tea break

3.15pm ‘Curating Peregrinations of a Citizen’ with Susie Vickery, Botanist artist and curator

3.40pm Panel discussion: ‘The visual arts and responses to planetary peril’ chaired by Jude van der Merwe, curator, Wildflower State


// Saturday 20 July, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Woolnough Lecture Theatre //
1.00pm Introduction with Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA, Chief Cultural Office, UWA

1.05pm Keynote talk: ‘Beyond Beauty: The Cultural Life of Flowers’ with Ann Elias, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Sydney

1.45pm ‘Art & Science’ with Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University

2.15pm ‘Finding order and structure in nature’ with Dr Erica Seccombe, Visual artist

2.45pm Coffee & tea break

3.00pm Panel discussion: ‘Women, Art and Flowers’ with Ann Elias, Ellen Hickman, Philippa Nikulinsky, and Gemma Weston. Chaired by Victoria Laurie, writer and senior reporter with The Australian.

4.00pm Sundowner & tour of Nikulinsky Naturally