The Botanical: Beauty and Peril

The Botanical: Beauty and Peril

This major exhibition explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.

From wildflower rooms to bush fire photography, the show both celebrates the natural beauty of landscapes and plants, and raises bracing issues about environmental destruction and the land rights of Australia’s First Peoples. By turns immersive, stimulating, moving and inspiring, the exhibition is designed to stimulate conversations about our botanical world and how we live in it, and live with it. 

The Botanical: Beauty and Peril forms part of a wider celebration of the botanical world under the banner What On Earth with events and exhibitions at Lawrence Wilson Art GalleryMidland Junction Arts Centre, Mundaring Arts Centre, Flux Gallery Perth and Kings Park Festival.


The Botanical: Beauty and Peril 
11am, Thursday – Saturday, 11 July – 2 November 2019 
Join a free guided tour for additional insight into botanical art.

Synchronised Tours with Kings Park Festival
Thursday – Saturday, 1-30 September 2019
11am-12pm | AGWA guided tours of The Botanical: Beauty and Peril
2-3.30pm | Kings Park and Botanic Garden’s Bushland and Wildflowers walk

During the Kings Park Wildflower Festival, The Botanical: Beauty and Peril guided tours synchronise with the Kings Park and Botanic Garden’s Bushland and Wildflowers walk.

For details on free transport to Kings Park please ask at the AGWA Information Desk.


Children's Voices
Look out for children’s labels created by City Beach Primary School students through HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Art workshops, a pilot project amplifying children's voices in gallery spaces.

Birds of Beauty and Peril
All ages | FREE
Join us in The Botanical activity area after your visit and draw a magnificent winged beauty or a frightening flight of feathers in response to the exhibition.

Conversations with Rain
In partnership with ECU School of Education
During The Botanical exhibition visit the Imagination Room and contribute to Conversations with Rain, a project exploring poetic responses to weather and our relationship to the environment and climate change.


Flowers in Focus

As part of the 2019 Kings Park Festival, the popular Flowers in Focus amateur photography competition is back! Upload your best photograph of a magical Western Australian wildflower to for your chance to share in some fantastic prizes from AGWA and Kings Park Botanic Garden. Entries open 10 June 2019 and the winning works will be on display during the 2019 Kings Park Festival.

Related Information




Listen to the audio tour

Hear from collector Janet Holmes à Court, exhibition curators and artists whose work is included in the exhibition.


Presenting Partner

Janet Holmes a Court Collection logo    

Exhibition Partner

Ernst and Young logo


Spirits Partner

Archie Rose Distilling Co. logo

On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details