Louise Saunders, ‘Dendrobium discolor golden orchid’, 2019. Watercolour on watercolour canvas, 38.5 x 51 cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson

Artistic Endeavour marks the 250th anniversary of the HMB Endeavour‘s voyage along the east coast of Australia. Scientists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, together with illustrator Sydney Parkinson, gathered and recorded many “… curious plants [they] met with on shore”. 

About the exhibition

Showcasing new works by members of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland, the exhibition was an innovative exploration of the artistic, scientific, environmental and cultural significance of this chapter in Queensland’s botanical heritage.

Co-Curators: Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester.


Gillian Alfredson; Catherin Bull; Edwin Butler; Robyn Douglas; Naomi Florence; Sandra Ford; Jennifer Foster-Hamilton; Maria del Carmen (K-le) Gomez Cabrera; Julia Hancock; Anne Hayes; Cassandra Hodgins; Tanya Hoolihan; Beverley J Irwin; Florence Joly; Dianne Lois Kelly; Nita C Lester; Dorothee Nijgh de Sampayo Garrido; Minjung Oh; Ann Phillips; Colin Price; Pauline Putland; Eva Richards; Beryl Robertson; Inger Rowe; Louise Saunders; Ann Schinkel; Liz Showniruk; Marcelle Stirling; Kay Sulivan; Ellen Terrell; Penny Watson; Lindsay Watts; Gwenda White.  


Artistic Endeavour education resource

Artistic Endeavour catalogue

Artistic Endeavour room brochure

Exhibition Co-Curator, Beth Jackson, and exhibiting artist, Julia Hancock, discuss exhibition development and give insights into creating new botanical inspired artworks.

Exhibition Artists reflect on their botanical art practices – Eva Richards, Anne Hayes, Nita C Lester. 

Exhibition Artists share insights into their approach to the artistic challenges of botanical art – Louise Saunders, Lindsay Watts, Florence Joly, Catherin Bull.

Reflections on the historical and contemporary significance of the exhibition at its launch at Redcliffe Museum in 2020 – Leanne Kelly, Moreton Bay Regional Council, QLD; Co-Curators Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester; Exhibition Artists, Cassandra Hodgins and Marcelle Stirling. 

Tour dates

13 December 202031 January 2021
22 April 29 May 2021
12 November 20216 February 2022
10 June 202231 July 2022
7 August 202224 September 2022
Mundubbera Regional Gallery , QLD
5 October 202226 November 2022


Botanical Artists Society Queensland logo
Museums & Galleries Queensland logo
Australian Government Visions logo
Australian Government Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy logo
Queensland Government logo
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation logo
Moreton Bay Regional Council logo
IAS Fine Art Logistics logo
Windsor & Newton logo

Artistic Endeavour was an initiative of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project was assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program; the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments; and the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Proudly supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council and sponsored by IAS Fine Art Logistics and Winsor & Newton.


Exhibition Development & Touring

Museums & Galleries Queensland

An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.

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