20 February to 26 March 2021
Often described as a combination of art and science, botanical art records in exquisite detail the form, texture, colour, habitat and life cycles of flowers and plants with artistic affect. North and South highlights the outstanding creative talent of four self-taught botanical artists with links to the area. The exhibition features a selection of contemporary works by Katrina Syme, Pat Dundas, Hilary Mayger and Gail Doust Keirle. The exquisite fragility of the works, illustrating local and regional Western Australian flora, will delight and inform.
The exhibition also celebrates the work of other botanical artists and illustrators. Among these are Emily Pelloe, who authored a number of books on the flowering plants of Western Australia, and Marianne North, who, with single-minded independence, travelled to the South West in the 1880's to paint flora in the area including a Karri tree on the Old Vasse Road that still bears her name.