"The Grand Parade"
a century-old case from the Queensland Museum's Dodd Collection
© Queensland Museum, Geoff ThompsonSave
Panorama of Brisbane
from Kangaroo Point Cliffs
© Geoff Thompson, 2017
Panorama of Natural Bridge
western section of Springbrook National Park
© Geoff Thompson, 2015
Panorama of Moreton Island
from a boat moored near Tangalooma
© Geoff Thompson, 2017
Alan Dodd's case of Ulysses Butterflies
from the Queensland Museum's Dodd Collection
© Queensland Museum, Geoff Thompson
Panorama of Harriet Marks Dining Hall
Women’s College, University of Queensland
© Geoff Thompson, 2018
Beechmont -Rosin's Lookout
looking out over the Numinbah Valley
© 2019, Geoff Thompson
Mistletoe Moth larvae and Joseph's Coat Moth
Cornocrus behri and Agarista agricola
1864, by Harriet and Helena Scott
Photograph © Queensland Museum, Geoff Thompson
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference
June 30 - July 6, 2019
(Accommodations are available on the 29th to allow for jet lag.)
University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus
Registration is Now Open! Click here to register online.
Early registration ends 11:59pm PDT on May 17, 2019 (US) / 11:59pm EST May 18, 2019 (AUS). Full Registration closes June 7, 2019 (US) / June 8, 2019 (AUS). After this date, only Day and Guest Registration will remain available.
Welcome to Australia!
It’s been a long-cherished dream to welcome you all to our country and we know we can show you a fabulous time! It’s a long flight and you will all have to save for the airfares or bag a good deal, but once you’re here your dollar will buy a lot more than at home; about $1.40AU at the time of writing and predicted to get even better.
You will also escape the summer heat to arrive in the middle of our mild sub-tropical winter. Although rain is possible, our winters are generally famous for clear blue skies and clarity of light all artists will appreciate.
Brisbane is a modern city of about 2.2 million people with a vibrant cultural life and food scene. The city sits on the Brisbane River, a large tidal river surrounded by a ring of forested hills, flowing into Moreton Bay, which is itself enclosed by great sandy islands.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, situated in the SE corner of that huge state. Queensland is the state of the Great Barrier Reef, of rainforests, deserts, mangroves, bush, the tallest sandhills in the world and the largest sand island in the world. The eastern coast stretches 1720 miles from Coolangatta to Cape York.
The main venue and accommodation will be Women’s College, a hall of residence at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus. The campus sits on a stunning 280-acre site, on the river at St Lucia, 7 kilometres (4.35 miles) from the Brisbane central business district. We will enjoy expansive landscaped grounds with three lakes, and all the facilities of a large University. The college has a beautiful mid-century dining hall with a reputation for fine food, an exceptional art collection, a range of accommodation, meeting and common rooms and a lecture hall. It overlooks a university lake and native birds abound.
We hope to take you on field trips to the ancient rainforests of Lamington National Park, to sketch native animals at local sanctuaries, to see dugongs, dolphins and maybe whales in Moreton Bay and to eat bush tucker with an aboriginal guide on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).