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Offshoots: A Florilegium from the Cairns Botanic Gardens

Offshoots: A Florilegium from the Cairns Botanic Gardens is a selection of botanical illustrations by Julie McEnerny with a special focus on those plants of ecological or cultural significance.

The making of the Offshoots collection is a five-year story about a working relationship between the artist, the Tanks Arts Centre Curator and Cairns Botanic Gardens. Julie created the Offshoots series during a series of five consecutive artist’s residencies commencing in 2009. Her aim was to produce a florilegium of the Garden’s large botanic collection.

Offshoots consists of botanical drawings, etchings, paintings and mixed media artworks. Julie McEnerny’s technical skills as a botanical illustrator are matched only by her insight into the cultural and ecological significance of her subject matter and by her sheer dedication to her role as Cairns Botanic Gardens illustrator in residence. After five years on the Offshoots project, the body of work is substantial, fascinating and worthy to represent the diverse collection of plants at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. It is a fine representation of the diversity of contemporary and traditional botanic illustration techniques.

Offshoots: A Florilegium from the Cairns Botanic Gardens is a travelling exhibition developed by Tanks Arts Centre in partnership with Cairns Botanic Gardens, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Visions of Australia program.

Tour dates 2014

Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, NT: 14 March - 6 April 2014

Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT: 25 April - 16 June 2014

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, NSW: 28 June - 20 September 2014

Tour dates 2015

East Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC: 27 February - 21 March 2015

Cannery Arts Centre, WA: 8 April - 5 May 2015

Roma on Bungil Gallery: 26 June - 2 August 2015

Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW: 19 August - 11 October 2015

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, QLD: 23 October - 6 December 2015

Artspace Mackay, QLD: 24 October - 14 December 2015

Tour dates 2016

Gympie Regional Gallery, QLD: 5 January - 20 February 2016

New England Regional Art Museum, NSW: 18 March - 1 May 2016

Pine Rivers Art Gallery, QLD: 4 June - 16 July 2016

Myall Park Botanic Gardens, QLD: 20 July - 5 October 2016

Nature's Powerhouse, QLD: O16 ctober - 22 November 2016


Banner image above: Julie McEnerny, Pandanus (detail), 2009. Etching, 250 x 160 mm. Edition of 20. Courtesy of the artist.


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