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Botanica Exhibition Joins Fine Art Photography and Historical Fauna

30 August 2016

Fine art photography and an historical glimpse of beautiful Western Australian flowers come together in Botanica, an exhibition by John. E. Maloney hosted at Wireless Hill Museum.

The free exhibition, which opens Saturday, 24 September, brings to life flowers first collected from the Australian coast in the late 18th and 19th centuries, using contemporary digital photography and printing.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the exhibition had a natural synergy with Wireless Hill Park, which is home to many rare plant species across 40 hectares of natural bushland.

“John Maloney’s striking and colourful photographs showcase the rich and diverse history of Australian flora in the early days of our country’s exploration,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“The images take us back to the early 1770s when botanists Robert Brown, who explored WA, and Joseph Banks first landed on Australian soil and collected samples of previously unknown plant species.”

John. E. Maloney lives and works in Perth and Albany, and Botanica has been exhibited in the USA, Italy and Sydney and now has returned to Western Australia for a state-wide tour.

The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE, through the Exhibition Touring Program.

ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Smarter than Smoking Education Events (Artist on the Move and ArtBus) are sponsored by Healthway.

Botanica opens Saturday, 24 September 2016 and runs until Sunday, 18 December 2016 at the Wireless Hill Museum, Telefunken Drive, Ardross from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

For further information please contact the Wireless Hill Museum on 9364 0158, www.melvillecity.com.au/wirelesshill or wireless.hill@melville.wa.gov.au.

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