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February 15, 2010

I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded a SignatureBrisbane Seed Grant to develop a new series of textiles and works on paper.

SignatureBrisbane Grants are an annual scheme encouraging organisations and individuals to create inspiring projects that reflect the Brisbane sub-tropical environment and its cultural connection to the arts and environment in any of its forms. They allow individuals, groups or organisations the opportunity to propose an environmentally or culturally based initiative, which will help contribute to a unique “signature” for Brisbane.

Botanica will be based on plants collected, studied and distributed throughout Brisbane and regional Queensland during the curatorship of Walter Hill, one of the first curators of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Its rationale is an extension of work I am undertaking for the Alice at Edward public art commission at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens with Urban Art Projects (UAP) and the Brisbane City Council (BCC).

Presiding over the gardens from 1855-1881, Walter Hill was both the first and longest serving, most significant curator of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens during its 125+ year history. In 1859, he was appointed Colonial Botanist and contributed extensively to the development of botany, agriculture, horticulture and forest conservation during the founding years of the colony.

Hill maintained regular communications with botanical institutions worldwide and endorsed Queensland as a desirable place to live, work and invest, and as a recognized centre of botanical and horticultural interest. His promotion of agricultural enterprises such as sugar cane, tropical fruits and vineyards were most notable. The Queensland Herbarium at Mount Coo-tha holds his original annual reports, noting the development of the Gardens during his curatorship.

This project will explore botanical illustrations based on plants cultivated in the Gardens during Walter Hill’s curatorship through patternmaking and original designs for textiles and prints on paper. By telling the story of Walter Hill, we celebrate the diverse ecosystems that Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate supports and which contribute, through the synergies created between the arts and natural environment, to a very unique ‘signature’ for Brisbane.

This is a 12-month project due to commence shortly, so stay tuned as updates throughout the course of the project rollout!

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank SignatureBrisbane for supporting this project.

Speaking of projects, the UAP Mentorship Residency artwork, Briggs’ Lanterns is due to be de-installed this week. The very nature of temporary artwork is that it is ‘temporary’ or ephemeral. It’s always sad when it’s de-installed, but who knows, it might not be the last we see of it…

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2010 5:36 AM

    Congratulations KT, that's fantastic news! I know you will do a wonderful job xxx

  2. February 15, 2010 5:38 AM

    Thanks Susan. I'm really looking forward to this project!

  3. February 15, 2010 6:43 AM

    Yes yes, awesome! Congratulations KT 🙂

  4. February 15, 2010 7:11 AM

    Thanks Catherine! I'm so in love with all these old botanical illustrations. I can't wait to work further with them!

  5. February 15, 2010 8:38 AM

    Congrats! I'll be interested in seeing what you develop. I love botanical prints. See you tomorrow night. x

  6. February 15, 2010 8:44 AM

    Thanks Thea! It's great to see your range expanding too! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Trackbacks

  1. The Life of Walter Hill « KT Doyle
  2. Walter Hill’s Grave « KT Doyle
  3. Brisbane City Botanic Gardens Annual Reports by Walter Hill « KT Doyle
  4. Plants cultivated by Walter Hill « KT Doyle
  5. Botanica Press in MX « KT Doyle
  6. Walter Hill – Light Reading… Read « KT Doyle
  7. Working Drawings from Botanica (working title) 1 « KT Doyle
  8. Working Drawings from Botanica (working title) 2 « KT Doyle
  9. Designer Rugs – Evolve Awards 2010 – Entry « KT Doyle
  10. SignatureBrisbane Seed Grant Award Presentation « KT Doyle
  11. The Australian Garden History Society « KT Doyle
  12. Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill « KT Doyle
  13. Finders Keepers « KT Doyle
  14. The Life of Walter Hill « KT Doyle

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