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Botanical Art Worldwide - Ngāi Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora

Botanical Art Worldwide - 'Ngāi Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora'
30 Mar 2018 to 1 Jul 2018
Friday 30th March to Sunday July 1st, 8am - 4pm
Linking people to plants through botanical art - an exhibition of traditional and contemporary Botanical Art of New Zealand's native flora.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Auckland Botanic Gardens
102 Hill Rd, The Gardens, Manurewa, Auckland 2105


The Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens and the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand (BASNZ) are proud to to present 'Ngāi Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora', an exhibition of Botanical Art.

This exciting exhibition is part of  the 'Botanical Art Worldwide' exhibition, a global event where New Zealand's botanical artists, along with botanical artists in 24 other countries, have come together to document their native plants. The aim of the exhibition is to link people to plants through botanical art and by doing so create a record of today's botanical diversity. A slideshow of all 25 contries artworks will be shown throughout the duration of the exhibition

50 artworks by 41 NZ artists, including artwork by 3 Auckland Secondary Students were chosen for this exhibition. Watercolourists, acrylic artists, printmakers, graphite and coloured pencil artists as well artists working on vellum have come together to create a veritable feast of form and colour. Their diverse styles range from traditional pen and ink line work, to large contemporary paintings which allow the viewer to see our often small and unassuming native flora in a new and exciting light.

Come and help us celebrate the inaugural 'World Botanical Art Day'! May 18th will be the first 'World Botanical Art Day', and celebrations will go on over the 24 hours throughout the world. New Zealand, being the first country to see the day, has the honour of kicking off this global event!                            

Throughout the exhibition there will be workshops run by exhibiting artists, artist demos and talks.


Written by

Lesley Alexander

4 Mar 2018

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.