Plant Empire Small Wonders Exhibition 4-12 May 2024

View the artworks here from 9am Saturday 4 May.

Plant Empire will host its third annual Small Wonders Exhibition from 4-12 May 2024 and invites entries from creatives, artists and gardeners to show and sell their works in this exhibition. Works in this exhibition should be both small in size and also engage with the theme "metamorphosis". The deadline for entries is 24 March 2024.


Entries are invited for artworks to be displayed and sold in this exhibition. Works must be small enough to fit in a shoebox (which is a smaller size limit than in previous years); engage with the theme of "metamorphosis"; and may use any material, including live plants. Entries that are accepted in the exhibition will be displayed and available for sale at Plant Empire’s premises in Yeerongpilly and/or online.


Prize money of a minimum of $1,000 will be awarded to the best entry (or entries). A judging panel selected by Plant Empire’s owner and manager will comprise an expert in the field of art and/or natural sciences, and one Plant Empire customer will decide on the winning entry (or entries). The judges’ decision/s will be final.


Entries for this exhibition must be submitted online using the 2-step process below. Please refer to the terms and conditions listed below before entering your work/s.

STEP 1: Pay the entry fee/s online using this link: After your payment has been received, you will receive an order confirmation by email (or sms if you didn't include your email address with your payment): take a note of this order number to include with your entry in step 2.

STEP 2: Submit an entry using the online submission form: Submit a separate entry for each work you are entering for consideration in the exhibition. You will receive an email confirmation with your entry details following submission.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 24 March 2024.

Terms and Conditions 

1. The instructions contained elsewhere on this page and as part of the online entry submission form part of these terms and conditions.

2. Entries attract a non-refundable $25 entry fee, which is payable at the time of entry.

3. Applications must be received through the online submission process by the deadline. Outcomes will be notified by email by 5 April 2023.

4. Entries will be available for sale at a price nominated by its creator.

5. Exhibitors will be invited to volunteer their time to help with running the exhibition (de/installing the exhibition and/or staffing the exhibition to provide opportunities to interact with customers) as part of a shared exhibitor roster over the course of the exhibition. Volunteering is optional and won't influence whether or not your work is accepted for the exhibition; however, it will determine the amount of commission that is retained from the sale of your work (see next point).

6. Plant Empire will retain a proportion of the amount received for sold items as commission, which will be a different rate for artists who volunteer their time to help run the exhibition and other artists who are not volunteers, according to the following table:

  • 30% commission for artists who are volunteers
  • 40% commission for artists who are not volunteers.

7. In the event that an artist volunteers to help run the exhibition and is not able to fulfil that commitment for any reason, sales of their work will revert to the higher rate of commission; however, if Plant Empire cancels the shift, the commission will stay at the lower level.

8. Artists located outside Brisbane are encouraged to apply. Entries that aren’t able to be displayed at Plant Empire’s premises will be displayed online.

9. Plant Empire will handle sales of works during the exhibition.

10. Applicants will be responsible for maintaining their work for the course of the exhibition (if maintenance is required), and removing it afterwards if it remains unsold.

11. Plant Empire will not be responsible for any breakages or losses during the exhibition. Applicants displaying works involving sculptures or installations will be required to hold public liability insurance.

12. Responses to frequently asked questions which may be added from time to time on this webpage form part of the exhibition terms and conditions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: Is it possible to submit more than one application for the exhibition?
    A: Yes.

  2. Q: If I submit more than one application, will I need to pay an entry fee for each one?
    A: Yes, each application will attract a $25 entry fee. 

  3. Q: Are fees payable for all entries, or just successful entries?
    A: The entry fee are payable for all entries at the time of submission.

  4. Q: Will I receive a refund if my entry is not successful?
    A: No.

  5. Q: If I submit a series of works, can I pay one application fee but still price them separately?
    A: You can enter a series as one work and price it as one work; but if you want them priced separately, each work will attract a $25 entry fee. 

  6. Q: If I submit more than one entry, can I submit them together?
    A: No, each entry should be submitted separately using the submission form.

  7. Q: If I submit more than one application, do I need to submit them all at the same time?
    A: No, applications can be submitted at any time up until the deadline.

  8. Q: Can the work to be considered for the upcoming exhibition be prints of original artwork?
    A: Works included in the exhibition are to be unique original as appropriate for the medium.

  9. Q: If I can fold my item up to make it fit in a shoebox, does that meet the size requirements?
    A: No. The item must fit the size requirements as it will be displayed in the exhibition. 

  10. Q: What type of insurance do you expect?
    A: Applicants displaying sculptures or installations will be required to hold public liability insurance. We won’t be held responsible for breakages or losses during the exhibition, but it isn’t a requirement for you to hold insurance if you are displaying other low-risk artworks such as paintings.

  11. Q: Can I add entries after the deadline?
    A: No.

  12. Q: Can I withdraw entries after the deadline, and is the entry fee refundable if so?
    A: Yes, you can withdraw entries after the deadline; but the entry fee applies is non-refundable.

  13. Q: Will works that are generated using artificial intelligence in part or in whole be accepted?
    A: No.

  14. Q: Can I enter a collaborative work with more than one artist?
    A: Yes, but you'll need to nominate one artist who will serve as the main contact and receive correspondence and payments, which we will assume is the email address used on the entry.

  15. Q: What size shoebox does the artwork need to fit, and do I need to bring my own shoebox?
    A: Any shoebox size is fine, within reason, and no, you don't need to bring your own shoebox. Keep in mind that the intention for this exhibition is for it to be a collection of small works, so artworks that need to be shoehorned (as it were) to fit into a shoebox may not be a good fit for the exhibition. 


Please email with any questions regarding this exhibition or the submission process.