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Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson

  • 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

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Exeter NSW 2579

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