The 15th Art of Botanical Illustration

19 September – 31 December 2020 A Virtual Exhibition

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne will present the fifteenth biennial ‘The Art of Botanical Illustration’ Exhibition in 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Art of Botanical Illustration will be presented as a virtual exhibition for the first time.

This significant showcase is on of Australia’s premier selected exhibitions of botanical artworks with paintings from local, interstate and overseas artists creating an inspiring collection of scientifically accurate works.

The exhibition is a sublime collection of the very best botanical illustration around the world and this year is represented by the ‘hero image’ of a Agapanthus Seed Head by Vicki Philipson, one of the students who participates in weekly classes presented by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Applications for The Art of Botanical Illustration 2020 are now open. The closing date for entry and online submission of artwork is 11.59pm 9 August 2020.

Artists must complete both the entry form and upload their high resolution artwork to DropBox to complete the application in full. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

The selection of artwork based on the criteria outlined in the ‘Conditions of Entry’ will take place in August and successful artists will be notified on 1 September 2020 via email.

Conditions of Entry and FAQ’s for Artists Submitting in TABI 2020 (PDF)

The online presentation of the exhibition will be user-friendly and present all artwork in a format which can highlight fine detail.

All sales of artwork will be through the Friends of the Gardens Melbourne website.

The Celia Rosser Award for Excellence will be awarded as usual.

Key Dates for Artists

  • 9 August, 11.59pm
  • 17 – 31 August
  • 1 September
  • 19 Sep – 31 December

Deadline for entry forms and images to be submitted.
Selection panel deliberates. 
Artists informed by email of results of selection process.
Exhibition live online.