Past Exhibition Dates: 25 March – 1 May 2021
Flora was an immersive art program that explored the importance, beauty and fragility of nature and the plant world. Through a series of exhibitions, installations and events across the City of Greater Dandenong, Flora offered new perspectives and renewed our wonder for the plant world.
Venues included: Walker Street Gallery, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, Garnar Lane Display Boxes, Alex Wilkie Reserve, Connection Art Space.
Miss out on seeing Flora in person? Enjoy the video playlist showcasing the exhibition and its artists.
Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre
The Gallery presented a curated exhibition featuring artists from around Australia featuring a variety of media including ceramics, photography, painting and living plants. This exhibition explored our intrinsic and unique connection to native flora from the desert to the forest.
The gallery featured artwork from Ali Choudhry, Baden Croft, Merran Esson, Tashara Roberts, Georgia Szmerling, Katie West and Artists of Ampilatwatja.
In the theatre space visitors enjoyed, The Silence, a 20-minute sensory experience, of natural sound and sense created by artist Dave Thomson (Lost Few).
Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens
Visitors had the chance to explore two exhibitions at this unique historic site.
Celebrating the creativity and talent of artists from across Australia, Benga House hosted an open-entry exhibition featuring over 150 works that explore the theme of flora.
A selection of artwork from the ‘Painting on the Hill’ art competition, held in the 1990s and early 2000s, was also on display in Benga House as part of ‘Inspiration on the Hill’.
Click here to download the list of artists exhibiting at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens (1.7MB)
Garnar Lane Display Boxes
Created by four students from Holmesglen College floristry, Garnar Lane display boxes were filled with contemporary floral displays to delight passers-by.
Flora artists: Haley Cassar, Connie Harris, Tian Du, Molly McKenna.
Connection Arts Space
Connection Arts Space is a community non-for-profit arts organisation located in the same building as Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre. Initiated by Connection Arts Space artist Natalie Artis, exhibition 'Community Bouquet' invited you to reconnect and pay attention to your surroundings. Listen to the stories being told by the flowers, plants, and animals. Each bouquet was a 'breathing portrait of local suburbs'.
Artist: Natalie Artis
Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve
Celebrating the intrinsic link between sound and the natural environment, artist Dave Thomson (Lost Few) developed a sonic experience utilising the sounds of Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve.
The sound work was also available at Walker Street Gallery and Heritage Hill Museum.
Artist: Dave Thomson (Lost Few)