Weekend outing: Capturing Flora

I hope you don’t mind too much, but I’m interrupting my school holiday series to brag about what a wonderful weekend I’ve got planned!

As well as the obvious, mandatory AFL grand final festivities, I’ve been invited to view the latest special exhibition; Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, and so, we’re taking a day-trip!

If the exhibition is anything close to as good as last year’s Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales it’ll be well worth the day out.

I’ll be sure to take a few photos and post a full review once I’ve taken a look, but I wanted to let you know that this really special show is now open…

The exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art will take visitors through a historical journey of how Australia’s amazing and diverse flora have been recorded, interpreted and popularized by botanical artists from William Dampier and the early explorers to the present day.

Over decades and generations, the practice of botanical art has changed in practice and product, and this exhibition does what no other has done before. It explores the evolution of Australian botanical art over the centuries as well as highlighting the differences in emphasis and technique between botanical artists. It promises to be both beautiful and intelligent.

Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art will run from Tuesday, 25 September to Sunday, 2 December 2012 at Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. Admission is just $12, Concession $8, and Child and Gallery Members get in free.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website here.

Stay tuned for more…

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