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Call for artist submissions for 'Botanical Art Worldwide' - ‘Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora’ Exhibition

'Botanical Art Worldwide' Exhibition
Chatham Island forget-me-not Myosotidium hortensia © Sandra Morris
3 Mar 2017 to 16 Nov 2017
Submissions close 5pm 16th November 2017
Be part of the inaugural 'World Botanical Art Day'! Show the rest of the world how diverse and unique our native flora is by submitting your artwork to the 'Botanical Art Worldwide' exhibition.
Event type: 
Art, Cultural, Exhibition
$35 1st submission, $10 each for next 2, max 3
Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre Gallery
Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre Gallery, 102 Hill Road, The Gardens, Manurewa, Auckland 2105
National, Auckland


The Botanical Art Society of New Zealand Inc (BASNZ) is delighted to be calling for submissions for this prestigious event. BASNZ and the 'Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens Inc' are collaborating in this venture which will take place from late March til early July 2018 at the Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre Gallery, with the possibility of it travelling to other centres in New Zealand.

There has been a renaissance of botanical art in the last 15 years and there is a growing number of botanical artists in New Zealand who we hope will feature in this show. One of these could be you!

This juried exhibition is the brainchild of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and already over a dozen participating countries have joined together to link people to plants through botanical art. Hundreds of artists around the world are seeking out plants native to their home countries, and capturing them in paint, pencil, and ink, to raise awareness of wild plant diversity. Each country will curate an exhibition of original botanical artworks to be hung in 2018, with a Worldwide Day of Botanical Art to be held May 18, 2018. This is very exciting for New Zealand as we will be the first country to see this day! 

This worldwide exhibition and its events will bring together institutions, artists, and the public to highlight the role contemporary botanical artists play in calling attention to the need to preserve our botanical diversity. Participating countries will provide digital slide shows of up to forty works, to be compiled with all other countries’ images and shown at each venue during the run of each exhibition. Video sharing of openings, lectures, demonstrations, webinars, and other events may be part of each exhibition, so visitors can learn more about the earth’s floristic regions and botanical wealth.


OPEN TO - New Zealand residents and NZ citizens living abroad

SUBJECT - Native NZ flora

Definition of 'Native' for this exhibition

“Any wild plant indigenous to a country, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids and naturalized exotics." 

2D original works of NZ native plants created 2015 and later will be accepted for submission.

No photography, digitally generated work or 3D work. 


Watercolour, graphite, acrylic, gouache, oils, ink, and dry pastels will be accepted media. 




For more information go to  http://www.friendsabg.co.nz/en/botanical-art.html

or email Lesley at botanicartnz@gmail.com





Written by

Lesley Alexander

3 Mar 2017

I am a botanical artist living in Auckland. Originally from the UK, I studied Scientific Illustration (BA Hons 1st class) at Middlesex Polytechnic and worked as a medical illustrator before coming to NZ with my Kiwi husband and 3 young children in 2003.