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Flora of Australia

About this Exhibition

Organized by the Botanical Art Society of Australia, Australia’s exhibition will be held in Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra.  The exhibition will be open May 18 - May 27, 2018, 10am - 4pm daily.

Entries were solicited from botanical artists across Australia and eventually one hundred and nine works were chosen to hang in the exhibition. From this group forty works have been selected to be sent digitally around the world for viewing in the other participating countries. These have been chosen to showcase both the talent of our botanical artists and the diversity of our native flora.

Jurors for the exhibition were renowned botanical artists Beverly Allen, Leonie Norton, and Jenny Phillips and botanist David Albrecht.  Further information can be found on BASA’s website at: https://www.botanicalartsocietyaustralia.com/


two artworks included in the exhibition

Pararchidendron pruinosum occurs in coastal areas and adjacent islands along watercourses from northern Queensland to the Illawarra district in New South  Wales. It is usually a tree to about 15 metres. Leaves are divided into 5 to 11 leaflets each 2-8 mm wide by 15-25mm long. The small flowers are seen in summer and are clustered into globular heads in the leaf axils occurring on long  stalks. The colour is greenish white, turning yellow with age. Flowers are followed by large flattened seed pods which curl after opening.

Pararchidendron pruinosum seed pod, watercolor on paper, ©Susannah Blaxill

Banksia serrata, watercolor on paper, ©David Reynolds

 

A group of artists at work in Jenny Phillips’ Botanical Art School of Melbourne.

 

Banksia serrata is a character filled small to medium tree with leathery serrated leaves and creamy yellow to brown large flowers in  summer. The flowers are followed by interesting seedpods, and the bark is lumpy and bumpy, both of which inspired May Gibbs ‘Big Bad Banksia Man’ stories. It naturally occurs on the east coast of Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria, plus northern Tasmania.

 
 Photo courtesy Jenny Phillips

Photo courtesy Jenny Phillips


Organizers

Botanical Art Society of Australia

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Steering Committee

Christine Cansfield-Smith
Sandra I’Anson
Thea Clark


exhibition Venue

Ainslie Arts Centre - Elouera Street, Braddon, Canberra

  Photo Credit: Luke Fletcher Photography, courtesy Ainslie Arts Centre

Photo Credit: Luke Fletcher Photography, courtesy Ainslie Arts Centre

  Photo Credit: Elizabeth Curry, courtesy Ainslie Arts Centre

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Curry, courtesy Ainslie Arts Centre

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