Flora of Australia

In the Autumn 2018 edition of Jubaea, there was an article about the Flora of Australia Exhibition, presented by the Botanical Art Society of Australia Inc:

For the first time the botanical art societies worldwide will hold a joint, synchronised exhibition linking people to plants through contemporary botanical art.  The Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will open around the world on 18 May 2018 with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue.  Australia will be participating along with 23 other countries on six continents.

BASA is organising the Australian exhibition to be held in Canberra.  There will be up to 140 paintings on display by some of this country’s most respected botanical artists.  Five artists from the Geelong School of Botanical Art have had their artworks selected to participate in this exciting event – John Pastoriza-Piñol, Deb Chirnside, Rosemary Donnelly, Corinna May and Amanda Ahmed – which will showcase a broad range of plant species unique to this country.  This special event will bring together artists and the public to highlight the role contemporary botanical artists play in calling attention to the need to preserve our botanical diversity. 

Where: Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon ACT.  When: 18 -27 May 10am-4pm daily.                 Amand Ahmed

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The Exhibition is due to close soon and our five exhibiting artists all went to Canberra for the Exhibition Opening.  It is incredibly exciting news to hear that the Exhibition Catalogue featured, on the front cover, the artwork by Geelong artist, Rosemary Donnelly (one of our students) and the back cover of the Catalogue featured the artwork of John Pastoriza-Pinol (one of our tutors).

Pittosporum angustifolium by Rosemary DonnellyPittosporum angustifolium by Rosemary Donnelly

Banksia prionotes by John Pastoriza Pinol Banksia prionotes by John Pastoriza Pinol

Congratulations to Rosemary and John and also to Amanda, Corinna and Deb for being selected for this very significant Exhibition.  Our Geelong School of Botanical Art is very proud of your achievements.

May 2018.

Brachychiton discolor by Amanda AhmedBrachychiton discolor by Amanda Ahmed

Santalum acuminatum by Corinna MaySantalum acuminatum by Corinna May

Banksia serrata by Deb ChirnsideBanksia serrata by Deb Chirnside