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Artwork from left to right: Marta Salamon - Cedrus deodara, Judy Morris - Correa alba,  Julie Holcombe - Xanthorrhoea sp.Artwork from left to right: Sue Stuart - Leucadendron, Janet Matthews - Banksia coccinea, Leonie Norton - Banksia integrifoliaArtwork from left to right: Cheryl Hodges - scarlet golden pippin, Shipra Shah - artichoke, Susan Grahame - crabapplesArtwork from left to right: Cheryl Hodges - Monga Waratah, Nigi Lechner - African tulip, Sue Stuart - orchidArtwork from left to right: Cheryl Hodges - satsuma plum, Leonie Norton - Banksia formosa, Nigi Lechner - waratah

Upcoming Exhibitions

    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 6 Nov 2021
    • Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004
    Registration is closed

    • 1 Nov 2021
    • Visitor Centre, RBGV, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.

    An exhibition of 23 botanical illustrations featuring some of the rare and endangered acacia species growing in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Melbourne Gardens.

    The artworks are the result of a group project undertaken by the Whirlies, a group of Botanical Illustrators of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

    The dates of the Exhibition will be announced on the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne website after current lockdown restrictions are lifted.

    9am – 5pm daily at the Visitor Centre, RBGV, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.

    • 22 Nov 2021
    • 6 Feb 2022
    • Tamworth Regional Art Gallery Tamworth

    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”.

    Artistic Endeavour heads South

    The regional tour of the exhibition Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson is well underway with our artworks moving around the country in secure, purpose-built crates.

    All aspects of the touring program are overseen by Prue McComish, our tour manager at Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). The Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland is fortunate to have the support and mentoring of this peak exhibitions touring agency, from the exhibition’s early planning stages up to the delivery of this major tour. Significantly, they have guided our successful grant applications for the initial funding from Arts Queensland to develop the exhibition at Redcliffe Museum in 2020, to the highly competitive Visions of Australia funding for the tour.

    One of the notable features of the touring program is that, at each venue, the staff need to adapt the exhibition to their gallery spaces. The curators, Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester, worked with M&G QLD staff to develop the tour manual, that outlines the eight exhibition themes to guide the placement of artworks and didactic materials. 

    At each venue, the grant funding covers the costs for a curator tour and workshop. A number of the exhibiting artists put forward a selection of workshop topics from which venues choose. The exhibition and events have met with much interest in the communities to which it has travelled.

    For information on the exhibition https://botanicalartqld.com.au/artistic-endeavour-page/

    For information on the touring program http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=10568

    • 10 Jun 2022
    • 31 Jul 2022
    • Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery

    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”.

    Artistic Endeavour heads South

    The regional tour of the exhibition Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson is well underway with our artworks moving around the country in secure, purpose-built crates.

    All aspects of the touring program are overseen by Prue McComish, our tour manager at Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). The Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland is fortunate to have the support and mentoring of this peak exhibitions touring agency, from the exhibition’s early planning stages up to the delivery of this major tour. Significantly, they have guided our successful grant applications for the initial funding from Arts Queensland to develop the exhibition at Redcliffe Museum in 2020, to the highly competitive Visions of Australia funding for the tour.

    One of the notable features of the touring program is that, at each venue, the staff need to adapt the exhibition to their gallery spaces. The curators, Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester, worked with M&G QLD staff to develop the tour manual, that outlines the eight exhibition themes to guide the placement of artworks and didactic materials. 

    At each venue, the grant funding covers the costs for a curator tour and workshop. A number of the exhibiting artists put forward a selection of workshop topics from which venues choose. The exhibition and events have met with much interest in the communities to which it has travelled.

    For information on the exhibition https://botanicalartqld.com.au/artistic-endeavour-page/

    For information on the touring program http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=10568

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 24 Sep 2022
    • Bega Valley Gallery

    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”.

    Artistic Endeavour heads South

    The regional tour of the exhibition Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson is well underway with our artworks moving around the country in secure, purpose-built crates.

    All aspects of the touring program are overseen by Prue McComish, our tour manager at Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). The Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland is fortunate to have the support and mentoring of this peak exhibitions touring agency, from the exhibition’s early planning stages up to the delivery of this major tour. Significantly, they have guided our successful grant applications for the initial funding from Arts Queensland to develop the exhibition at Redcliffe Museum in 2020, to the highly competitive Visions of Australia funding for the tour.

    One of the notable features of the touring program is that, at each venue, the staff need to adapt the exhibition to their gallery spaces. The curators, Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester, worked with M&G QLD staff to develop the tour manual, that outlines the eight exhibition themes to guide the placement of artworks and didactic materials. 

    At each venue, the grant funding covers the costs for a curator tour and workshop. A number of the exhibiting artists put forward a selection of workshop topics from which venues choose. The exhibition and events have met with much interest in the communities to which it has travelled.

    For information on the exhibition https://botanicalartqld.com.au/artistic-endeavour-page/

    For information on the touring program http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=10568

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 3 Oct 2022
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne



    The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne will be hosting the sixteenth biennial ‘The Art of Botanical Illustration’ (TABI) Exhibition between Friday 16thSeptember and Sunday 3rd October 2022.

    TABI 2022 will be hybrid exhibition displaying selected art works in the galleries of Domain House and additionally, following the success of TABI 2020 online, a concurrent virtual exhibition will be presented.

    TABI 2022 will coincide with the 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (26th – 30thSeptember 2022), which will be hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria , RBGV, ( https://www.7gbgc.org/).  The theme of the Congress is Influence and Action: Botanic Gardens as Agents of Change with a particular focus on the response of Botanic Gardens to climate change, including plant conservation and climate resilience.  During the Congress, the RBGV will be showcasing specific areas within the Melbourne Botanic Gardens including the Arid and Drylands precinct, Fern Gully (including the Sensory Garden) and Working Wetlands and Lake System.

    Initial Information for Artists 

    The alignment with the Congress provides a wonderful opportunity for TABI 2022 to present botanical  works reflecting the theme of the Congress by including some artworks representative of plants from these significant areas listed below within the Melbourne Gardens.

    While artist’s selection of a subject is a personal one, if you are considering submitting works in TABI we encourage you to explore the attached list of plants (see below).

    PLANT LIST

    Request for Plant Samples 

    If you are interested in any of the plants on these lists,  please complete this form to arrange for plant samples for your artwork(s). The Friends of the Gardens will liaise on your behalf with the horticultural staff at the Gardens to provide sample of flowers, fruits, twigs, leaves and buds where possible. Once you have submitted your request, an assessment will be made to determine if samples can be provided and when. The Friends will notify you of possible collection dates.

    PLANT SAMPLE REQUEST

    Please note:
    • Artists will be notified of the collection date for their plant sample. If you are unable to collect your sample on this date, you may need to ask a friend or family member to collect it for you as the horticultural staff will be trying to provide the best possible, freshest sample to you. 
    • Plant samples will not be posted therefore you must be able to physically pick up the sample.

    If you are unable to collect a sample from the Melbourne Gardens, you may still like to paint/draw one of the plants listed in the above lists however you may need to source a sample from your local Botanic Garden or Garden Nursery.

    Additionally, if you prefer not to paint a species from the plant lists above but would still like to paint a plant growing within the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, you may like to search the Royal Botanic Garden Plant Census which lists all plants in both the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens.

    RBG PLANT CENSUS

    While we are keen to support the theme of the Congress in TABI 2022, artists are not required to paint/draw subject matter listed above to be selected in this exhibition. 

    Brief Guidelines and Applications 

    As previously, artworks included in TABI are selected by an experienced professional panel, against standardised criteria for scientific accuracy and artistic quality.  The artwork must provide an accurate representation of the form and botany of the chosen subject with the characteristics of the species or variety adequately conveyed; the representation should be an artistically pleasing, balanced and a considered work of art.  The artwork must be identified and named accurately according to standard botanical practices; and must have been completed within the previous two years.

    Additionally, please remember that while we are keen to support the theme of the Congress in TABI 2022, artists are not required to paint/draw subject matter listed above to be selected in this exhibition. 

    Full Guidelines for TABI 2022 will be available in late 2021.

    Applications will open in early 2022.



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