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

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


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

Curators: Beth Jackson and Dr Nita C Lester

Anne Hayes, Banksia serrata, old man banksia, gabiirr (Guugu Yimithirr), 2017, watercolour on paper, 63 x 45 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Our work


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 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 Sullivan | Ellen Terrell | Penny Watson | Lindsay Watts | Gwenda White


Artistic Endeavour is an initiative of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been 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.


The full touring program is available on the Museums & Galleries Queensland website

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

10 June – 31 July 2022


Banner image: Liz Showniruk, Manilkara kauki, wongi plum, (detail), 2019, watercolour on paper, 53 x 34 cm. Courtesy of the artist.