Flora is a series of exhibitions, programs and events across the City of Greater Dandenong. It offers new perspectives and renews our wonder for the plant world. Immerse yourself and explore the wonder, importance, beauty and fragility of nature from Thursday 25 March 12pm to 4pm Saturday 1 May 2021. Exhibiting across the following venues follow the MAP and discover the natural world through an artistic perspective.
To experience the sound element of this exhibition, you're encouraged you to bring your own headphones. Bring a smart device to scan QR code, or staff can check you in. Bring a Face mask, ID and follow COVIDSafe guidelines.
Walker Street Gallery will host an exhibition by artists from across Australia including Artists of Ampilatwatja, Ali Choudhry, Baden Croft, Merran Esson, Tashara Roberts, Georgia Szmerling and Katie West. These works will highlight intrinsic and unique connections to native plants and flora from the desert to the forest, and use a variety of mediums including ceramics, photography, painting and living plants.
Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens will present an open-entry exhibition, celebrating the creativity and talent from the art community. As part of the exhibition, four students from Holmesglen College floristry have filled the Garnar Lane display boxes with contemporary floral displays. The work has been professionally photographed and will be installed in the display boxes. This public art display will become an optical illusion for passers-by.
Dave Thomson is the selected artist for Atmospherics: A Sound based residency. The residency will respond to the environment in and around Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve, with Dave developing an accessible sensory experience that celebrates local flora and fauna while also providing solace and mental well-being through natural sound. The outcome of this will be performed at Walker Street Gallery.
A selection of artwork from the 'Painting on the Hill' art competition held in the 1990s and early 2000s will be on display as part of 'Inspiration on the Hill' at Heritage Hill, Benga House. This historic display will give the community access to objects from the City of Greater Dandenong collection and encourage people to visit the gardens and buildings of this inspiring space.