Artist-in-residence program


The exciting interface between art and botany provides the impetus for the Artist-in-residence program.

The appointed artist’s work has always been intimately associated with plants specific to the gardens. In many instances it incorporates natural materials.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens initiated an Artist-in-residence program in 1995. This was to enable a person from the broad areas of visual arts, literature or performing arts to work at the gardens for a negotiated time frame of up to one year.

The program provides artists with an opportunity to stimulate interest and understanding of their particular art form. As well as heighten appreciation of the natural environment.

Robyn Bauer

Robyn is a full-time artist living in Brisbane’s Paddington. She is known for her colourful streetscapes of the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane. These streetscapes include the trees and other flora which flourish in our subtropical Queensland climate. She usually works en plein air (outdoors) setting up her easel in shady spots around the suburbs, city, parks and gardens.

Robyn works in a variety of traditional media including acrylic, oil and charcoal. She also creates detailed ink and wash tonal drawings on paper, often drawing with twigs found on the spot. Working on location provides a freshness and an immediacy in the artist’s mark-making.

During her residency, Robyn will be:

  • exploring many facets of the gardens
  • documenting the seasonal changes to the flora during the year.

She will have a particular focus on the Australian rainforest area. She will be observing and recording the life in this area including the birds, lizards and other fauna.

Another of her goals during the year is to increase her knowledge of different plant species. As a keen gardener herself, she has a particular interest in the displays of the community horticultural groups who exhibit their plants in the auditorium.

Robyn will be working daily in the gardens. You can follow her progress online by visiting her website or via Instagram - search @robynbauer.

More information

Applications for this program are currently closed and will re-open in late 2019. If you are interested in becoming the artist-in-residence, or would like more information about this program, send an email.


Last updated:15 August 2019
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