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”.
Curated by Beth Jackson in collaboration with artist and botanist Dr Nita C Lester, this exhibition reflects on the significance of botanical specimens collected from our region 250 years ago, and the emergence of botanical art. It showcases sixty-five exquisite works by thirty-three members of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland (BASQ).
The Allport takes you to Tahiti, albeit in 1769, showing you for the first time a selection of stunning Society Islands botanicals from Banks' Florilegium.
The intricate botanical prints and rare journals on display are an enduring record of human survival, courage, curiosity, obsession and creativity.
Banks' Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 comprises framed botanical prints individually colour-printed in the 1980s, from the 18th century copperplate engravings of Sydney Parkinson's drawings. Parkinson was the artist who drew the fresh plants collected in the Society Islands by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as part of Captain James Cook's first voyage round the world.
Spend some time taking in the edible, the intoxicating and the medicinal details of the plants; well-known to the island people, but many of them entirely new to European botany at the time.
A beautiful colour catalogue and poster will be available for sale.
Visit the exhibition in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts from 25 March 2021. Open weekdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 9:30am – 2:00pm; closed Sundays and public holidays.
Bookings are not required to view this exhibition.
BASA is holding a Flora exhibition in Canberra to coincide with Floriade.
Entry will be open only to members and registration should be available online by July 2021.
For The Love of Plants Exhibition October 2020 - POSTPONED
This exhibition was planned for October 2020 at the Bowral and District Art Society (BDAS) Gallery. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has now been postponed. We hope 2021 will be a more settled year and a new date for the exhibition will be confirmed in due course.
Any enquiries should be directed to BDAS Botanic Artists:
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:
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BDAS Gallery and Studios: www.bdasgallery.com (02)4861 4093
Due to COVID-19 the exhibition in Hobart has been postponed until October-November 2021. Entries for this exhibition will be open to BASA members only.
Registration for this exhibition should open in August 2021.
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