The 16th Art of Botanical Illustration

17 September – 2 October 2022

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne will be hosting the sixteenth biennial ‘The Art of Botanical Illustration’ (TABI) Exhibition between Saturday 17th September and Sunday 2nd October 2022.

TABI is one of Australia’s leading botanical illustration exhibitions and this year will be presented as a hybrid exhibition, with a physical exhibition held at Domain House, Melbourne, and as a virtual exhibition. 

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (FRBGM) believe offering the exhibition in a hybrid format will promote the exhibition to a global audience and hopes to encourage more international artists to submit artwork following the success of TABI 2020.

TABI 2022 will coincide with the 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (26th – 30th September 2022), which will be hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria , RBGV, ( https://www.7gbgc.org/).  The theme of the Congress is Influence and Action: Botanic Gardens as Agents of Change with a particular focus on the response of Botanic Gardens to climate change, including plant conservation and climate resilience.

The 16th Art of Botanical Illustration is also one of the key events in the Friends’ 40th Anniversary celebration year therefore it will not only be an exceptional exhibition as we have come to expect, but also through the alignment with the 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress and development of other fabulous opportunities, the exhibition will also host many exciting events increasing visitation and engagement of visitors. 

To be part of the 16th Exhibition of The Art of Botanical Illustration, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, invite you to submit your artwork for selection.

Information for Artists

Information for Artists including conditions of entry, selection criteria, key dates and frequently asked questions are now available for artists who are considering a submission to TABI 2022.  As some of the guidelines and requirements for artists have changed since TABI 2020, we ask you carefully read these guidelines and contact the Friends if you have any queries.

Registrations are now open

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne invite you to submit your artwork for selection to the 16th Exhibition of The Art of Botanical Illustration for selection.

After reading the ‘Information for Artists’ above, please complete each of the follow steps to finalise your submission to TABI 2022.

Registrations close at 11.59pm on Monday, 1 August.  No late submissions will be considered.

Step 1:  Complete the Registration Form.

The Registration Form requires a short artist’s biography, brief description of the artwork and expression of interest in volunteering at the Exhibition.

Step 2:  Upload your artwork to DropBox by clicking here.

Step 3:  Payment of Entry Fee can be processed by clicking here.

Step 4: Complete Statement by a Supplier Form by clicking here.

Please scan and return to the Friends. This form is required if you are not registered for GST.

Your registration is only complete once all four steps are finalised.

7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

During the Congress, the RBGV will be showcasing specific areas within the Melbourne Botanic Gardens including the Arid and Drylands precinct, Fern Gully (including the Sensory Garden) and Working Wetlands and Lake System.

The alignment with the Congress provides a wonderful opportunity for TABI 2022 to present botanical  works reflecting the theme of the Congress by including some artworks representative of plants from these significant areas listed above within the Melbourne Gardens.

While artist’s selection of a subject is a personal one, if you are considering submitting works in TABI we encourage you to explore the attached list of plants (see below).

While we are keen to support the theme of the Congress in TABI 2022, artists are not required to paint/draw subject matter listed above to be selected in this exhibition.