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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.
The exhibition will then tour Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
More information about the exhibition is available on the Museum's website.
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.
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
If Coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed the Botanical Art Group at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra hopes that we hope to be able to present our postponed botanical art exhibition The Legacy of Banks and Solander in the Visitors Gallery possibly in September. For exhibition dates in 2020 please check the Calendar at www.friendsanbg.org.au.
The exhibition features illustrations of plants collected by Banks and Solander 250 years ago as well as other Banksia species. The exhibition coincides with the opening of a new banksia garden at ANBG. We have been fortunate that Canberra has experienced relatively few Covid-19 cases and look forward to welcoming BASA members to the exhibition.
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.
The exhibition is being organised by the Bowral and District Art Society (BDAS) Botanical Artists, an untutored group who regularly meet and work together in the BDAS studios.
The exhibition covers a wide range of approaches to botanical art.
The last year has shown, particularly to those of us living in the Southern Highlands and surrounding fire affected areas, that nature and plants are both fragile and incredibly resilient.
We hope that this exhibition, at this difficult time, will highlight the true value of plants.
Precious, beautiful and extraordinary.
Artists are invited to submit works for the exhibition.
All enquiries should be directed to BDAS Botanic Artists:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0415 078 954
BDAS Gallery and Studios: www.bdasgallery.com (02)4861 4093
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
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.
Entries for this exhibition will be open to BASA members only.
Registration for this exhibition should open in August.
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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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