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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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
The Botanical Art Society of Australia Inc.PO Box 1799Bowral NSW 2576
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