When art meets nature – Botanica turns Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens into a pop-up outdoor gallery
Looking at some of Brisbane’s natural landscapes, it makes perfect sense that artists are inspired by them. The vibrant colours, unusual textures and sensory experiences of nature lend themselves to taking art off the canvas and into the wild. This is exactly what some of the best local and national artists will be doing this month with a Brisbane-first experience – Botanica. Running in conjunction with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games from April 6–15, Botanica will transform the City Botanic Gardens into a living, breathing outdoor art gallery for everyone to enjoy – all for free.
Botanica is an innovative and immersive concept that will see artists incorporate elements of a green environment into playful interventions and reflective installations. Sixteen artists from various disciplines and backgrounds have come on board for the project, which will see the lush surrounds of the City Botanic Gardens transformed into a visual playground. The artists have some seriously impressive tricks up their sleeves – with exhibits like Georgina Humphries’ colourful wind-activated Flourish.of.Tents, Skunk Control’s illuminating Bastions of Light and Natalie Billing’s Unearthed app, you can expect to see the gardens from a whole new perspective.
Botanica will also be home to a range of free workshops, artist talks, tours and children’s activities. Anyone can take part in paper lotus making sessions, learn how to weave using natural plant fibres, pick up some handy photography tricks and loads more. A special after-dark session – Botanica by night – will also feature food trucks, workshops, live music and giant roving puppets.
Don’t miss out on this unique experience – between April 6–15, you can check it out in the City Botanic Gardens for free! This event is part of Brisbane City Council’s commitment to bringing us more awesome lifestyle and leisure opportunities, so we can make the most of Brisbane’s unique outdoor vibe.
This article was created with our good friends at Brisbane City Council.
Image one: Kerri Poliness