Date : August 1, 2018 until November 25, 2018
Location : Carrick Hill, Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield SA, Australia
May Gibbs Art Exhibition to Celebrate the Beauty of Australian Botanical Art
The Carrick Hill Garden Team, led by Head Gardener Neil Waters, has developed a new section in the Children’s Storybook Trail using themes, imagery and native plants depicted by May Gibbs in her highly successful 20th century children’s books. In response to this garden addition, Carrick Hill is presenting an exhibition of original and rarely seen artwork by May Gibbs. Setting her work alongside a selection of twentieth century and contemporary artists, this exhibition will present the work of May Gibbs as an author, illustrator, artist and environmental campaigner who has inspired generations of artists and scientists.
Carrick Hill Curator, Anna Jug, has brought the collection to life and is excited to see people rediscover their childhood memories at Carrick Hill this August.
“This exhibition explores Gibbs’ work as an author, illustrator, artist and environmental campaigner, through the lens of the Australian native flora which so greatly inspired her highly successful 20th-century children’s books,” Said Ms Jug
“Botanical illustration as we know it has a long history, some of the earliest examples can be found in in16th-century manuscripts. May Gibbs is one exciting Australian artist following a long line of tradition. This exhibition presents her work alongside some of Australia’s most inspired botanical artists, from the colonial era right through to artists practising today.”
“Although, for most adult visitors to Carrick Hill who enjoyed the tales of May Gibbs as children, to see her paintings and drawings exhibited in all their glory will bring a new appreciation for her art.”
Exhibition runs from 1st August – 25th November. Carrick Hill House and Garden is open Wednesday to Sundays and Public Holidays 10 am to 4:30 pm. Admission to House and Exhibition: $17.00 Adults, $12.00 Concession (Free Admission to Gardens & Grounds except for Special Events)
For more details visit the Carrick Hill website.
Main image (Detail): May Gibbs, Eucalyptus Ficifolia (Red flowering gum), 1902, watercolour on cardboard, 30.6 x 23.4cm, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Purchased 1975, Photo: Bo Wong. Copyright: The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2018