February 27, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
A vibrant exhibition of contemporary botanical illustration
In an exciting first for Tropical North Queensland’s contemporary arts venue, Tanks Arts Centre, this touring exhibition has been selected from works created during a series of five consecutive residencies at Tanks, commencing in 2009.
Tanks Arts Centre’s residency program is a development initiative to build the capacity of artists in the region, and in this specific case, it gave Julie access to horticultural and traditional Indigenous knowledge of the native plants, and consolidated a lasting relationship with both Tanks and Botanic Gardens curators, and an army of gardeners who collected specimens for her to illustrate.
Cairns Botanic Gardens are renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia, with approximately 4000 species, including specimens from Northern Australian rainforests as well as notable species from Southeast Asia. The gardens date back to 1876 and have grown to become one of the most visited attractions in Far North Queensland.
Offshoots: A Florilegium from Cairns Botanical Gardens is a collaborative partnership between Julie McEnerny, Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens, with the tour being managed by Museums & Galleries Queensland. The project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and thanks must also go to local Yirrganydji elder, George Skeene and Seith Fourmile of the Gimuy Wallaburra Yidinji people, for the sharing of knowledge of traditional uses for the plants of the region.