Exhibitions

Another bunch of flowers

Image of 'White azaleas in a white jug' by Margaret Olley

White azaleas in a white jug (1970) Margaret OLLEY (1924−2011) Copyright Estate of the Artist. Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT

You can spend your whole lifetime cleaning the house. I like watching the patina grow. If the house looks dirty, buy another bunch of flowers, is my advice - Margaret Olley

Another Bunch of Flowers features works from the Parliament House Art Collection by some of Australia’s most significant and best-loved artists including Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, Charles Blackman, John Perceval, Jenny Kee and Tim Maguire. The centrepiece of the exhibition is one of the most recent additions to the Parliament House Art Collection, White azaleas in a white jug by the late Margaret Olley. The Floriade festival is the perfect time to bring together these floral themed artworks and give visitors the opportunity to see works that are rarely shown to the public.

Another Bunch of Flowers highlights the depth and diversity of the Parliament House Art Collection, with works by Indigenous artists, significant botanical illustrations, wonderful still-lifes and beautiful decorative objects from the Gifts Collection. It will give visitors an insight into the many ways artists have been inspired by Australia’s amazing flora.

When: 19 August – 19 October 2014

Where: Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area

Cost: free

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