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reFraming Nature Exhibition 2017 7 to 22 October 2017 – 10 am – 4 pm

Following the success of reFraming Nature 2015, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens (FRBG) in Melbourne is again running its biennial natural history art exhibition – reFraming Nature 2017. In 2015, we had over 130 artists entering works, and expect to exceed this number in 2017.
reFraming Nature 2017 will display artworks depicting ferns, fungi, lichen, insects, butterflies, marine life, pond life, shells, birds, fossils, amphibians as well as botanical subjects. All the paintings and drawings exhibited aim to be as scientifically accurate as possible while expressing, at the same time, artistic vision and creative individuality.

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2017 John Copes Watercolour Prize, 22 September – 2 October 2017

Sponsored by Tim & Patricia Copes, this exhibition of watercolour works includes artists from the Southern Highlands and across the country. John has submitted work for inclsuion in this years exhibition. ​Opening & prize presentation: Friday 22 September at 6:30pm

Exhibition open daily from 10am to 4pm
Bowral & District Art Society
1 Short St
Bowral NSW 2576
Phone: 02 – 4861 4093

Inspired By Nature 5 art@wintergarden, 30 September – 29 October 2017

Geelong School of Botanical Art has been making their final preparations for Inspired by Nature 5. This much anticipated biennial event in the Friends’ calendar goes on show throughout October at Geelong’s Wintergarden. Artists and tutors will come together to exhibit work completed over the past two years. This is the fifth exhibition in the ‘Inspired by Nature’ series, and the third season that it has been curated by Jill Shalless from art@wintergarden. Much of the plant material featured has been sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens; works will represent artists at many levels from highly skilled to beginner. For some, this will be their first exhibition.
Join Jason Smith, Director of the Geelong Gallery, the Botanical Artists and the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens for the Exhibition Opening of Inspired by Nature 5.

51 McKillop Street,
Exhibition Opening: Sunday 1 October, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

RSVP 12 noon, Wednesday, 27 September

FGBG Office, 5222 6053

Romancing the Skull. Art Gallery of Ballarat, 14 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we continue to be so enamoured with this iconic symbol. The exhibition explores a range of themes including the skull as a reminder of our mortality, the use of the skull in addressing social and political issues, and the skull and crossbones as a symbol of piracy and rebellion.

Romancing the skull will also look at the way in which the skull has been embraced as an important symbol in Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Prints by Mexican artists José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) have become synonymous with Day of the Dead and his Calaveras (skull figures) are now firmly embedded in Mexican popular culture. More than twenty of his iconic prints will be introduced to Australian audiences for the first time.

Other highlights of the exhibition include a Nuremberg Chronicle dating from 1493 depicting one of the earliest Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) images, and Australian artist Shaun Gladwell’s Virtual Reality work Orbital Vanitas 2016, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It will also include works by contemporary Australian artists including John’s work.

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Art Gallery of Ballarat
Street Address:
40 Lydiard St North,
Ballarat VIC 3350

John wins Flanagan Art Prize 2017, 25 August – September 3 2017

Now in its tenth year the Flanagan Art Prize, hosted by St Patrick’s College, has continued to grow into one of the region’s most sought after and respected awards.
This year’s exhibition will be held in the St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association Pavilion from Friday August 25 until Sunday September 3.  There were a significant number of entries from around Australia from which only 70 entries have been selected and John’s work Tulip has won this year’s Flanagan Art Prize.