Wildflowering by Design

Women’s connections to nature are explored through art and design with this exhibition featuring artists from the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and beyond.

Women’s connection to nature has long been explored through art and design, beginning with Traditional Custodians and the women artists who helped document Australia’s native plants with colonial botanists. 

This exhibition seeks to explore contemporary responses to our botanical and wildflower heritage with female artists creating new work across the art and design spectrum. Through bringing nature into people’s homes and lives, we help create a ‘botanical culture’ building broader awareness of our native ‘wildflower’ heritage and appreciation for Country.

Artists from the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and beyond have taken a fresh look at the historical legacy, engaged with local landscapes, and extended their practice to create new, re-imagined works, and a dynamic exhibition experience.

An exciting addition to the Hervey Bay exhibition is a suite of works by Butchulla women, and others connected to Hervey Bay.

The Hervey Bay exhibition also features Butchulla women and others connected to Hervey Bay: Karen Hall, Rose Barrowcliffe, Nai-Nai Bird, Francis Blair, Jan Williams and Joolie Gibbs.

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Artwork: Marni Stuart, The Paths, The Women [detail] 2021, pattern design. © The artist

16 April - 29 May 2022

Julie Appo & the WildCrafters, Rose Barrowcliffe, Nai-Nai Bird, Francis Blair, Joolie Gibbs, Karen Hall, Nicole Jakins, Marlies Oakley, Shelley Pisani, Edith Rewa, Cara Ann Simpson, Marni Stuart, Emma Thorp, Annette Tyson, Cate Verney and Jan Williams

Curated by Dr Susan Davis (OAM), Wild/flower Women projects


This exhibition is being supported by Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and Fraser Coast Regional Council through its RADF Program. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. It is also supported by Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Bundaberg Regional Council.