COVID-19 AND ITS EFFECT ON BOTANIKO

The situation we, and the world, are currently experiencing has had an effect on Botaniko.

We last met as a group was on Wednesday, 18 March. At that time our latest exhibition Frederick Mackie – Quaker Plantsman was on display at the East Coast Heritage Museum at Swansea and we were working on our next project Windsong  with the Tasmanian Herbarium.The Frederick Mackie exhibition has now been transported back to Hobart and is awaiting installation at the Morris Miller Library, University of Tasmania. We’re still working on our next exhibition Windsong which has been deferred and, at this stage, will be exhibited in the Salon Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 4 December 2020.

With the Premier’s announcement that our border will remain closed until December, the workshop we had scheduled for October with Jenny Phillips from Melbourne has been postponed.  Details will be available on this site when the workshop can go ahead.

Botanical Workshop by Leonie Norton

Sydney based botanical artist Leonie Norton is coming back to Hobart Nov 28 – Dec 1, to conduct a second botanical art workshop. This workshop ‘Contemporary Botanical Art: Bigger is Better’ will teach participants how to take a small subject/photo and create a larger painting. The workshop is designed for botanical artists at all levels with experience in drawing and watercolour application. Go to the Workshops for details and registration form.

The RTBG Exhibition is travelling

The body of work by members of Botaniko, depicting plants of historical significance to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in 2019, has started its travels.

After being very successfully displayed at the Kettering Concert on 26 May, most of the works can now be seen at the Art Lounge, in the West Winds Community Centre, Channel Highway, Woodbridge, TAS, until June 27.

Visitors are asked to call West Winds on 03 6267 4713, to check viewing times. The paintings will then be on display at the Kingston Library during July.

Blooming Church Floral Festival – Botanical Exhibition

Members of Botaniko have been invited to display their latest exhibition, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Bicentenary exhibition at Blooming Church, St David’s Cathedral Floral Festival. The exhibition – Celebrating 200 Years through Botanical Illustration – will be in the Cloister from 8-10 February 2019. Botaniko has also been invited to participate in a floral art display.

Jenny Phillips Workshop

Jenny Phillips, one of Australia’s leading botanical artists, is returning to Tasmania to conduct a five day botanical art workshop on 15-19 October 2018 hosted by Botaniko. There will be no beginners workshop. Participants will need to be experienced in the application of watercolour in a botanical perspective.

Jenny conducted two very successful workshops in February 2017 at the West Winds Community Centre at Woodbridge. The workshop will be held at the Fern Tree Community Hall, Hobart, 9.30am – 4.30pm each day. Cost is $255/person. Morning and afternoon tea including. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15.

If interested, contact through the website.

Leonie Norton Workshop a Huge Success


The recent botanical illustration workshop led by Leonie Norton was a huge success with twelve
local and interstate participants enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Fern Tree. Leonie, one of
Australia’s renowned and prominent botanical artists, provided group and individual tuition allowing
each participant to complete (or almost complete) the subject of their choice in the 4-day workshop.

It was a very enjoyable workshop and we welcome a return visit from Leonie.

Botaniko brings the Reverend Knopwood to St. David’s Cathedral

Many of the artworks from Botaniko’s exhibition Knopwood’s Kitchen Garden 1804-1824, exhibited last year at the Narryna Heritage Museum in Battery Point, will be on display as part of St David’s Cathedral’s 50th Floral Festival. The exhibition can be seen at the Cathedral over three days from Friday, 9 February until Sunday 11 February 2018.

Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition

Botaniko is pleased to announce that two members, Sue Stuart and Annick Ansselin have had their artwork accepted in the Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition.

Sue is presenting a watercolour of Richea dracophylla, endemic to Tasmania, which grows in the wet forest of south-east Tasmania. The painting will form part of the web display of the Worldwide Botanical Exhibition.

Annick’s painting of Telopea truncata, Tasmania’s endemic waratah, is found on moist acidic soils throughout Tasmania at altitudes of 600-1200 metres. The work will be displayed in the unframed section of the Exhibition.

With botanical art undergoing a worldwide renaissance and thousands of artists active in every corner of the globe, this exhibition will display artworks themed on the native plants from 16 participating countries. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on 18 May 2018 with events occurring for 24 hours following the sun from country to country to maximise focus on the message “linking people with plants through contemporary botanical art.” The Australian component of this exhibition will be held at the Ainslie Art Centre, Elourea Street, Braddon in the Australian Capital Territory from 18-27 May 2018.