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Blooming marvellous: Botanica to turn gardens into live art

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After every sunset in May, Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens will transform into a live art exhibition containing projections, installations, and interactive art works from Brisbane’s finest contemporary artists.

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Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside is another stellar addition to Brisbane’s list of public art exhibitions and will feature nine new artworks by innovative contemporary artists, who explore the nexus between natural and digital life.

The artists who will be on display are Hiromi Tango, Simone Eisler, Georgie Pinn, Esem Projects, Charlotte Haywood, Jenna Lee, Kellie O’Dempsey, Paul Bai and Georgia Hillas.

The full programme, to be announced in early April, will feature artists workshops, guided tours, micro-projections, spoken word activities, a poetry slam night, the children’s discovery trail, and live drawing performance.

This will be the third iteration of Botanica, with last year’s event suffering a cancellation due to Covid-19.

In 2019 alone the exhibition attracted more than 30,000 visitors, with this year’s event raring to meet the same viewership.

Installation during Botanica 2019. (Image: Brisbane City Council)

Krista Adams, City Planning and Economic Development Chair, said that Botanica has become one of Brisbane’s most highly anticipated events, with eye-catching installations and sensory, interactive art, it adds something very different to Brisbane City Council’s busy calendar of outdoor art programs.

“It’s not just an art exhibition, it’s an immersive experience for people of all ages with projections and performances from local artists, a Children’s Discovery trail where kids can play hide and seek with micro-projections of Australian fauna as well as live music, and food trucks and a pop-up bar.”

Esem Projections – Superorganism (Image: Brisbane City Council)

Bella Ford, Botanica’s Executive Producer, said the exhibition would delight visitors with its pairing of artworks from renowned contemporary Australian artists with the setting of Brisbane’s premiere gardens.

“In Brisbane we are fortunate to be in a position to experience this unique exhibition that embraces the best of both our cultural and natural landscapes,” Ford said.

“Exhibitions like Botanica create opportunities to provoke, uplift and connect audiences through these shared stories and experiences.”

The full program will be released in early April 2021.

For more information on Botanica 2021, visit the Brisbane City Council’s website.

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