Exhibitions

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, features art exhibitions and displays with environmental and cultural themes.

Exhibit your artwork at the Lagoons Gallery

The Lagoons Gallery, located at the main entrance of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, features art exhibitions and displays with environmental and cultural themes.

The Botanic Gardens provides you or your group with the opportunity to exhibit your artwork or display at the Lagoons Gallery, which is accessed by a growing number of Mackay residents and visitors in a unique garden/gallery/cafe setting.

It's simple to apply, simply complete the exhibition proposal and submit it to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

‘Botancia 2018- ‘Water’s Edge’ By Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group (B.A.I.G)

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Image: Leichhardt Tree – Naulear orientalis – Watercolour and graphite by Kate Brunner

Colourful, curious and captivating flora is showcased in this botanical art exhibition where the artists use a range of techniques to portray their chosen subject.

Each ‘artwork specimen’ has been chosen because it is usually found growing beside a ‘Water’s Edge’, be that by a creek or river, lagoon, in wetlands or beside the sea. Some of the plants considered actually grow in the water.

Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each graphite drawing, pastel drawing and watercolour or acrylic painting.

A glimpse into the inner workings of the botanical artists is provided by displays of their sketch books, photos and materials showing how the artists take a live specimen and create a “living” piece of botanical art.

The Botanica 2018 exhibition will be available for viewing from Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, October 28 at the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 9am – 3pm and Weekends 8am – 4pm.

Paperbark – Melaleuca leucadendra – Pastel pencilsby Pamela Finger

Meet the artists: Wednesday, September 19 from 10am – 1pm.

Please RSVP for catering by Friday, September 14. Phone or text Maya on 0436 331 009 or email maya.in.nature@gmail.com