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Academy Gallery | The flower show

Held on the 20th Sep 2019 to
25th Oct 2019


, Northern Tasmania

Add to Calendar 2019-09-20 --:--:-- 2019-10-25 --:--:-- Australia/Sydney Academy Gallery | The flower show Academy Gallery Exhibition Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston

Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston


Academy Gallery Exhibition

Image credit: Marian Hosking, Casuarina, acacia, wattle bird and celery top pine, 2019. Marian Hosking is represented by Gallery Funaki, Melbourne.

The flower show - birth, death and everything in between

Exhibition opening speaker: Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania
Exhibition curatorial team: Dr. Malcom Bywaters and Dr. Kim Lehman
Exhibition artists: Les Blakebrough, Angela Casey, Fiona Chipperfield, Susannah Coleman-Brown, John Derrick, Jennifer Dickens, Leoni Duff, Kylie Elkington, Marian Hosking, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Janet Laurence, Deborah Malor, Paul Murphy and Isabella J. von Lichtan
Exhibition dates: 21 September to 25 October

Exhibition opening: Friday, 20 September, 6pm – 7.30pm University of Tasmania - Academy Gallery, Inveresk. (Please note the Flower show exhibition opening is a paid for ticketed event in support of Blooming Tasmania. Tickets can be purchased for $30pp click here or phone: 0476 256 669).

Humans are fascinated by flowers. In art flowers have been, and still are, symbols of fertility, decay, beauty, affection, virtue, chastity, wantonness, religious steadfastness and transience. Beyond art, flowers can be gifts for the unwell, for the lover, for the dead, and for Mother’s Day. Tourists travel to the blossoms of Japan, to the tulips of the Netherlands and the lavender of Bridestowe Estate. And in the front gardens and back yards of Australian suburbia people enjoy growing, breeding, propagating and collecting flowers of all shapes and varieties. The cyclic nature of our gardens fills us with enjoyment, relaxation and often weekends of happy toil. Our gardens are places of relaxation, beauty and composting decay. Flowers are also integral to all that our gardens mean to us – these places of solitude, tranquillity, loss, first love, friendship, disillusionment, backyard cricket games, and great merriment around the barbecue.

Often a garden is a shared space, not only with loved ones, but our pets, friends and neighbours. Subsequently we have taken a broad approach to shaping this exhibition and included work from three active University research sectors. Firstly, we have drawn on objects from the University Collections in the areas of science, botany, classics, rare books and art, looking for connections between the love of, and the study of, flora. Secondly, we have invited artists to respond to the idea that flowers are one of the central concerns in art, both as symbol and as subject. Finally, The flower show – birth, death and everything in between also includes works that shed some light on this fascination we all have for flowers, gardens and the societal conveyances that lay between.

The flower show – birth, death and everything in between is presented in partnership with Blooming Tasmania and the University Cultural Collections.

The flower show – birth, death and everything in between exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, 11am - 3pm.


Academy Gallery

Academy of Arts, Inveresk, Launceston
University of Tasmania