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
Can Assist Southern Highlands is proud to partner with the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA) and the National Trust in presenting the inaugural Can Assist Southern Highlands Botanical Art & Illustration Prize.
This will be a juried exhibition and prizes will be judged by Beverly Allen and Rick Shepherd. First Prize of $2000, Second Prize of $1000 and People’s Choice Award of $500 will be announced at the Exhibition Opening on Sunday 17th July at 11am.
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The Can Assist SH Botanical Art & Illustration Prize will become an annual event celebrating a rotation of the seasons. Can Assist SH will receive the commission of 25% on sales of works and other monies collected at the exhibition.
This prize is open only to members of the Botanical Art Society of Australia.
Please read the Information for Artists.
Entry has two parts:
Artwork Submission and
Entries will close on Friday 17 June 2022.
This BASA exhibition will be held at the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, NSW.
Spring is a beautiful time at the Gardens and it is hoped that members will take advantage of this and submit works particularly of plants that are in these Gardens.. A plant list will be available.
Small works are defined as works in frames less that 45cm x 45cm..
More information available soon.
Entries will be open from 1 June.
Registrations for one of Australia's most prestigious botanical art exhibitions, 'The Art of Botanical Illustration' (TABI), are now open. Detailed information for prospective artists and the registration process may be found at 'Information for Artists' on the TABI website.
The 16th biennial exhibition of TABI hosted by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (FRBGM) will be held from 17 September - 2 October 2022. It will be a hybrid exhibition, presented in the Galleries of Domain House, Melbourne and as a virtual exhibition, online.
TABI 2022 will be a highlight of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne 40th anniversary celebrations.
In addition, TABI 2022 will coincide with the 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, being hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV). The FRBGM are delighted to be able to support the RBGV in this event by collaborating with the Vienna School of Botanical Illustration in hosting an exhibition of artworks from botanical artists associated with six of the botanic gardens represented at the Congress. This exhibition of European artworks will form part of TABI 2022’s virtual exhibition.
TABI 2022’s association with the Friends’ 40th Anniversary celebrations and the Congress provides many opportunities to promote the exhibition and the artists to a wide and diverse audience, both locally and internationally.
If you have any queries which have not been addressed in the 'Information for Artists' please do not hesitate to email the TABI 2022 team at
The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne look forward to receiving a large variety of beautiful artworks for selection, before 1st August 2022, for this very special TABI 2022 exhibition.
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