Plants are essential to life.
We respond to plants with all our senses.
We use them to symbolise our emotions, to mark significant occasions, and even as signifiers of place, strength and age.
We bring plants inside, transforming our domestic spaces into natural oases.
While plants are specific to particular geographic locations, they are also universal.

A profusion of flowers, plants and trees, greenery and brilliant colour, PLANT/LIFE brings together a group of eleven contemporary artists, including Arts Project studio artists, who are inspired by the beauty and diversity of the natural world. From over-scaled sunflowers to soft-sculpture succulents, along with drawings, paintings and ceramics, this exhibition presents a celebration of the plant life that surrounds us.

“In the context of our fast-paced and increasingly screen-based lives, the natural world provides something of an antidote, offering an environment that simultaneously provides calm and solace, as well as stimulating our senses”, says curator Kirsty Grant.

Exhibiting APA artists are Anthony RomagnanoBrigid HanrahanChris O’BrienGeorgia SzmerlingLygin AngPhilip TruettRobert Brown and Rosie O’Brien who are joined by Emily FerrettiYvonne Kendall and Christopher Langton.

PLANT/LIFE features a specially commissioned immersive wall painting by Georgia Szmerling, coupled with paintings by Emily Ferretti on the windows of APA’s Collingwood Yards gallery. 

PLANT/LIFE resources:
View the exhibition room sheet here.
Read an easy-read document about the exhibition.
Download the PLANT/LIFE catalogue.
Read Kirsty Grant’s curatorial essay.

Kirsty Grant is an independent Art Curator & Writer, having previously been Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art, and Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.