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Kirstenbosch Botanical Art Biennale 2013

August 16, 2013

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Botanical Society of South Africa celebrate their centenary in 2013 and this year’s Biennale of Botanical Art is set to be an extraordinary exhibition.

The focus of the 2013 Biennale is the use of medicinal and traditional plants of southern Africa, including plants used for food, shelter, decoration, adornment, health, devotional rituals and rites of passage, so visitors can expect an interesting and stimulating show. Crafts depicting the themes will also be featured.

The media used by the artists range from fine monochrome pencil drawings and delicate watercolours, through pastels and pen and ink to copper etchings and scraperboard. But it is the ability of the artist to bring these specimens to life which is truly remarkable, whatever the medium used

International artists Kath Baker and Leigh-Ann Gale from the UK, Suzana Souza from Brazil and Suellen Perold from the USA join the line-up of exhibitors, alongside well-known South African artists such as Eric Judd, Solly Gutman, Carol Reddick and Gillian Condy. There is fine work from first time exhibitor Ann Kerr, and visitors will be enchanted by the works of Jenny Hyde- Johnson, Jeanette Loedolff, Wilna Eloff and Lisa Strachen.

An additional highlight is the work of Cape-based artist, Margaret de Villiers, who recently won a gold medal and best on show at the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art show in London.

Kirstenbosch has been a centre for the study and appreciation of plants since its inception and so this international exhibition of botanical fine art is a fitting tribute during its Centenary year.


The exhibition runs from 30 August to 15 September 2013
9am – 5pm daily.
Entry is free.

Event venue:
Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Contact details:
T. Cathy Abbott 021 799 8612

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