Once again, botanical artists around the world will join together to curate simultaneous exhibitions of botanical art to raise awareness of the rejuvenation of this artform and bring attention to plants and their importance to humanity. Special events will also be held to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on May 18, 2025.
The second Botanical Art Worldwide Project will focus on and celebrate biodiversity in the crops that have been closely associated with the human species over thousands of years. The theme is designed to draw attention to the vast variety of food and useful plants available, in contrast with the relatively few varieties currently used in mass cultivation. Plants eligible for inclusion are those cultivated for food, textiles, building, energy, and medicine.
Currently, many heritage species and varieties are only cultivated in small quantities by specialist growers on a limited scale. It is vital to promote this genetic diversity in a world challenged by a growing population, changing climate, and habitat losses.
In Australia the exhibition is to feature plant species that are Bush Foods, Medicinal and Utilitarian Plants indigenous to Australia. This may include natural hybrids, cultivars or man-made hybrids.
Entries are being solicited from botanical artists across Australia and the ones select ed by the experience jury will be hung at BELCO Arts Centre in Belconnen ACT from 26 March to 18 May 2025.
From these selected works, 40 will be chosen to be sent digitally around the world for viewing in the other participating countries. Those chosen will showcase both the talent of our botanical artists and the diversity of our native flora.
Each country will provide a digital slide show of up to 40 works, which will be compiled with all of the other countries images and shown at each venue during the run of the exhibition.
Countries participating include Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, Scotland, Southern Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.
If you would like to find out more about all the countries you can view the Botanical Art Worldwide website.
Members can find out more about how to enter from the Members' Area of the website.