‘Bush Botanics’ is an accessible visual arts sensory exhibition looking at the many purposes of plants across the Barkly region. The development of this work focused on strengthening connectivity between the Barkly remote communities and art centres, through workshops to create illustrated drawings of bush plants in a storytelling format, supported by audio stories and plant names in up to 4 different languages, tactile interactions with plants and practices of bush medicine cooking for drawing documentation and storytelling. Audiences at the exhibition will enjoy a holistic experience that brings to the surface the unseen or unknown life that is alive in the desert landscape.
The launch of this exhibition will occur on Saturday August 4th at 1pm.
Audiences can then experience bush medicine making in The Culture Shed at 2pm on Saturday.
The exhibition will be open across the entire festival from 10am-5pm.
Plus there are drawing workshops as part of this exhibition, facilitated by lead artist Ioana Mynah, where you can explore plants in detail through microscopes to create your illustrated piece.
'Bush Botanics' is a major work as part of Barkly Regional Arts' visual art program, 'Artists of the Barkly'. The project has been in development since late 2017, working with artists in very remote communities to go out on country and collect knowledge.
After the exhibition the work will be collated into a catalogue book for each of the communities as an archival resource and book of knowledge.
3pm Saturday August 4th
11am Youth Sunday August 5th