In addition to plenary presentations, concurrent presentations, panels, workshops, and field trips, the GNSI conference also offers a variety of events throughout the week. These events are included in your registration fee, so don't miss out the exciting opportunities to network and learn something new.

  • Board Meeting - Annual Meeting of the national board of directors
  • Portfolio sharing and reception - meet colleagues, share your work and stories
  • Members art exhibit with reception - see the best of peers’ work in this juried show
  • Chapters Meeting Lunch - Chapter representatives meet with our Membership Director
  • Auction - bid on artwork, media, materials (and more) to help the Guild’s education fund
  • Business meeting - hear Board reports and participate in Guild business
  • Banquet – taste the local cuisine and socialize
Dr Les Walkling

Les mounting Silvi show

Photography Symposium

Sunday, June 30th 

The Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustrators (AIMBI) has decided to sponsor talks by digital color guru, Dr. Les Walkling. Many members of AIMBI are medical photographers and so it was decided to hold a photographic-focused symposium on the Sunday.

This symposium is included in your registration fee, or those not interested in the main conference can attend the symposium alone, for the one-day fee. AIMBI Queensland members can attend this symposium free of charge. Get more details about the day in the Program section of the conference site.

Les is a great photographer and an expert in digital color management. He has deep knowledge of how to get what you see on your screen to print accurately onto paper. So his talks should be of just as much interest to digital illustrators as photographers, indeed anyone interested in accurate reproduction of their work.

Gary Cranitch's talk will showcase his work photographing Queensland's beautiful natural environments, particularly his award-winning work on the Great Barrier Reef.  Man Cheung will talk about the beautiful "Digital Garden" he and his brother Wah produced as artists in residence in the incredible interactive, digital facility, The Cube at QUT's Gardens Point campus. Both talks should interest everyone.

GNSI Portfolio Sharing

2016 GNSI Conference Portfolio Sharing, Santa Cruz

Portfolio Sharing (Sunday)

Sunday, June 30th, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, Chislehurst at Women’s College

Our portfolio sharing event is a great low-key evening to show your stuff, admire the work of other natural science illustrators, and swap advice over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Bring a selection of your favorite prints or originals and prepare to talk shop!

Chapter Meetings Lunch (Monday)

Monday, July 1st, 12:00pm - 1:00PM

An informal meeting of the Chapter/Group representatives and the Membership Director is held during the annual conference at lunch so Chapter/Group representatives can meet, discuss any issues and share ideas. In addition, Chapter/Group representatives are introduced at the Member’s Meeting. Chapters/Groups are encouraged to designate a proxy representative if no one from the Chapter or Group will be attending the conference.

Queensland Museum

©Geoff Thompson

Queensland Museum

Juried Digital Exhibition Reception (Monday)

Monday, July 1st, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Queensland Museum

Enjoy an evening trip down the beautiful Brisbane River, on a fast CityCat ferry, from the University of Queensland Pontoon to South Bank. Everybody will have to be ready early. We will have an early dinner before volunteers shepherd participants to the ferry terminal. Check the maps section for the ferry terminal location. The last ferry to leave, in order to be on time for the reception, leaves at 6:18 pm. Take in the river views before strolling across to the Queensland Museum for a reception in the spacious foyer. Enjoy a drink and nibbles while the digital exhibition plays on the foyer screens or see it projected on a big screen in the adjacent theater. After judging, the night’s awards will be announced. Later, delegates will be free to explore South Bank before taking a return ferry or catching a fast, No. 66 bus back to the University of Queensland, from the nearby Cultural Center Bus Station.

©Geoff Thompson

Members’ Business Lunch (Tuesday)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 12:00PM - 1:30PM, M. Hancock Auditorium, Women’s College

The Business Meeting is a great time to catch up with all that the Guild has been working on throughout the year, including reports from board members. Items will be presented for members to vote on/protest against. In addition, there will be a short session after the Business Meeting to help members get more involved in the Guild called “Working with GNSI” from 1:30 to 3 PM in the same location.

GNSI Auction Night

2016 GNSI Conference Auction Night, Santa Cruz

Auction Night

Auction Night

Annual Auction (Tuesday)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, H. Marks Hall, Women’s College

The annual GNSI auction is always a conference highlight, full of anticipation, suspense and excitement!  The 2019 auction will be no different, although there will be some important things to take into consideration this year.  Due to the greater distances traveled by many attendees, we will not be able to transport medium to large auction items.  Instead, we will focus on small items that fit easily into luggage, AND a whole new suite of non-tangible items this year!  Start thinking about experiences that you might like to offer, such as:

  • Workshop spaces (discounted or free)
  • Portfolio review services
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Travel opportunities - hosting a travel sketching weekend, offering a place to stay to a traveler, etc
  • Anything else you can dream up!

Auction proceeds are split 50/50 between the GNSI General Operating Fund and the GNSI Education Fund – the Annual Auction is a MAJOR fundraiser, both for maintaining our day-to-day operations, and to support chapter activities and outreach.

To donate to the auction, please contact Catherine Miller.

Annual Awards Banquet (Wednesday)

Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:30PM – 10:00PM, H. Marks Hall, Women’s College

The Awards Banquet celebrates the hard work of our Guild members with awards for service to the Guild. The banquet is the most formal event of the conference with an abundance of time to chat with other members while dining. Drinks are served with dinner.