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Exhibitions at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre

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Published August 30th 2016
Beautiful gardens AND art - what more could you want?
The Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a beautiful space for taking in an art exhibition. The centre regularly features exhibitions in fine art, photography, craft, sculpture and other creative areas. There are new exhibitions every month that focus on a variety of themes such as environment, science, history, and culture.

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The Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens


Current and forthcoming exhibitions at the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre include:

Kalamurina Luminous Desert Exhibition - 3 August – 4 September
Presented by Tony Fleming

The Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary is located between the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park, spanning the Warburton River.

Covering 677,065 hectares and 9 diverse ecosystems, such as a network of freshwater and saline lakes, floodplains, riparian habitat, and dunefields, the Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique desert sanctuary.

This exhibition features images of the diverse range of life and landscape found in this area, inspiring visitors to learn more about this magical region.

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Kalamurina Luminous Desert Exhibition - 3 August – 4 September


The Ian Potter National Conservatory Design Competition Exhibition - 12–26 September
Crosbie Morrison Building

A garden design competition was held to select an architect and design team to design The Ian Potter National Conservatory, which will become a new project within the Garden's Master Plan 2015 – 2035. This exhibition features entries from the finalists in this competition.

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The Ian Potter National Conservatory Design Competition Exhibition - 12–26 September


From the Red Heart - 7 September – 9 October
Presented by Sharon Field & Cathy Franzi

Two artists, Sharon Field & Cathy Franzi present a range of works such as paintings, ceramics and drawings that are inspired by the flora in the Red Centre Garden at the Botanic Gardens. This fascinating exhibition highlights the passion both artists share for Australian plants.

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From the Red Heart - 7 September – 9 October


Flora of the Paris Basin - 12 October – 6 November
Presented by Guillaume Tcherkez and sponsored by the French Embassy in Canberra

This exhibition is the 'sister' of a similar exhibition on Australian flowers presented in Paris in 2013 and supported by the Australian Embassy. Flora of the Paris Basin will explore wild flowers as a subject in impressionist art; as well as the relationships between Australian species and French species.

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Flora of the Paris Basin - 12 October – 6 November. Images from www.parksaustralia.gov.au
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Why? Couple a visit to an art exhibition with a walk around the gardens
When: Visitors centre is open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)
Phone: 02 6250 9588
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton, ACT 2601
Cost: FREE (please note there is a cost for parking)
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