Exhibitions

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

‘Jeepers Creepers' by the Botanic Art Interest Group (B.A.I.G), Mackay

Wednesday October 2 to Sunday October 27, 2019
Lagoons Gallery at the Botanic Gardens Café (Open Wednesday to Friday 9am to 3pm and weekends 8am to 4pm).

The ‘Jeepers Creepers’ botanical art exhibition focuses on colourful, curious and captivating flora which are commonly known as Vines, Scramblers, Climbers, Creepers or Lianas.  All are plants with long flexible climbing stems that have specialised structures or climbing strategies to support their growth, usually upwards.  Some wrap, some adhere and some curl by way of - twining stems, petioles or leaves, clinging stem roots, tendrils or hooks and thorns. Of particular interest are Tendrils - skinny, wiry structures along a plant’s stem, that actually reach around in the air until they come in contact with something they can ‘grab’. The tendrils then curl, forming coils that allows the plant to adjust the degree of tension or pull on the support.
Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each graphite drawing, pastel drawing, watercolour or acrylic painting. Showcases display how the artists take live specimens and create a “living” piece of botanical art via their sketch books, photos and art materials.

The Botanica 2019 exhibition will be available for viewing from Wednesday 2 - Sunday 27 October at the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 9am – 3pm and Weekends 8am – 4pm.

Meet the Artists at the Exhibition Opening:  Wednesday 2 October from 10am – 1pm.  Please RSVP for catering by Friday 27 Sept. Phone / text Maya on 0436 331 009 or email maya.in.nature@gmail.com  

The Café is open Wednesday to Friday 9am to 3pm and weekends, from 8am to 4pm. For more information about this exhibition, please contact the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

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Upcoming Lagoons Gallery Exhibition

In November, Jeff Jones Fotografix will be holding his second photographic exhibition in the Lagoons Gallery. Watch this page for dates and details.

Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition opportunities - individuals, groups and organisations

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. The Botanic Gardens is now inviting exhibition proposals for 2020 exhibition program. To submit a proposal, simply complete the exhibition proposal and submit it to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

For further information, please contact the Visitor Services Officer on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au