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2019 Academy Gallery exhibition program
Explore the 2019 Academy Gallery exhibition program, presented in partnership with the University of Tasmania Colleges, Library and University's Cultural Collections.
The flower show – birth, death and everything in between, Academy Gallery – McGrath Space
Exhibition curatorial team: Dr Malcom Bywaters & Dr Kim Lehman
Exhibition artists: Les Blakebrough, Angela Casey, Fiona Chipperfield, Susannah Coleman-Brown, John Derrick, Jennifer Dickens, Leoni Duff, Kylie Elkington, Marian Hosking, Janet Laurence, Deborah Malor, Paul Murphy, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson and Isabella J. von Lichtan
Exhibition opening: Friday, 20 September 2019
Exhibition dates: 21 September 2019 to 25 October 2019
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.