I'm going to be back at RHS Hyde Hall in early August for the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show - (3-6 August 2017). This year it has an expanded Artists’ Pavilion featuring more exhibitors - including Janie Pirie GM SBA
Botanical artists would be well advised to study the opportunities for exhibiting at the various RHS Flower Shows around the UK - but note that
Information for the RHS application form
Botanical artists can apply for a trade stand within the non-horticultural products category. There are a range of tradestand sizes available and all exhibits are under cover - so you don't need to invest in a tent etc.
This is the page which outlines how to apply for a tradestand
Artists who are new to the RGS Shows need to provide the following information:
In other words, they are looking for relevant and reputable businesses run by experienced and business-like people - who can provide added value for visitors to their shows.
These are NOT shows to go to and exhibit for the very first time - you need some experience in showing on your own elsewhere. Like anything else in life don't apply for and pitch for "the best" before you are ready.
If you want to get to Chelsea you need to first exhibit at another RHS Show and provide documentation of what your stand looked like and what you sold - which essentially means you have to go to the non-Chelsea show with a standard of artwork and display "as if" you are exhibiting at Chelsea - if you want to impress!
Note also that "doing a show" is not for the faint-hearted and you will need back-up and support to deliver a good display and service on your stand.
You also need to note that the non-horticultural category is very much over-subscribed and hence you need to be able to demonstrate high quality and some aspect of being different from everybody else.
Tradestand selection critiera
Understanding what you need to do to apply is only the first step. You then need to know and meet the standards expected of your trade stand in terms of selection and being able to apply again! Plus what items are not allowed and what needs special permission.
The manual (for the recent Chatsworth Flower Show in June 2017) states the following:
Tradestand selection criteria
There is also a Code of Conduct for all exhibitors which must be observed.
Plus they also rate all trade stands for the standard of exhibit presentation.
Botanical artists at RHS Flower Shows
Below are some of the botanical artists who have had trade stands at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. They include
Recovering now from the Chelsea Flower Show. It was such a successful show despite the economic and political nervousness. What a lovely crowd, cheerful, positive and enjoying the sunshine and beautiful gardens. Loved every minute despite the long hours and sheer exhaustion of it all. What a privilege to be there.
These are also artists whose work "sings out" from inside a booth to those walking up and down the pathways at a show. I know from having visited Chelsea during the show that a booth needs to be filled with original and colourful artwork to catch the eye of the very many visitors - and while you want to sell as much as you can, you also must not sell out fast and deplete your stand which needs to look good throughout the show!
It's actually very much akin to having a solo art exhibition if you want to make a profit on the cost of having a trade stand - which is not cheap!
How to apply
The details of how to apply to exhibit at an RHS Show are provided on the Tradestand Non-Horticultural Page
Botanical Art (Medal exhibition) - assessed by Picture Committee
Yesterday I saw what I think might be the best botanical wind sculpture I've ever seen.
RHS Hyde Hall in Essex has a Kinetic Sculpture of two seeds made by David Watkinson. Just watch my video below to see how it works (or watch the HD version on my YouTube Channel)
My Sculpture is often about form and movement, whether actual movement through space or implied. The Kinetic Sculpture may be delicately balanced on precision bearings, where small air currents cause large forms to tip and move in reaction, carving a path through space before returning to a balanced position.
The sycamore seeds move entirely on the basis of the direction and speed of the wind. The movement is assisted by the use of precision ball bearings and delicate weighting by the sculptor.
It is a joy to watch. I want a garden on a ridge and some wind and I'd be happy watching it for hours!
NOTE: RHS Hyde Hall is an expanding RHS Garden at Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8RA
The Botanical Artists of Canada are celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with an exhibition of Native and Indigeous Plants. Last night was the Opening Reception.
Dates: July 5 to 26, 2017
Venue: Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. The gallery is open: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am - to 5.30pm.
The exhibition aims to:
[I'm happy to add photos of the exhibition into this post if anybody would like to send me some.]
Today (Friday 30th June 2017) marks 200 years since the birth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the 19th century.
From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Reality - a botanical art exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker - opens tomorrow in Halesworth in Suffolk. The main focus of the exhibition is paintings and drawings by contemporary botanical artists of plants discovered by and named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.
This exhibition is:
About Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
There are a number of events and exhibitions this year to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous 19th century botanist and explorer, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB PRS
Hooker sketched and coloured his drawings, produced on his travels, and sent them back to Kew to be painted by Walter Hood Fitch, whom Hooker had trained in botanical drawing. His discoveries have influenced the plants we have in our gardens today.
About the exhibition
The botanical illustrations and paintings in the exhibition, discovered by and named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (see examples in this post), are by Chelsea School of Botanical Art’s alumni (Amicus Botanicus), all of which will be for sale. Other botanical paintings will also be for sale
The exhibition will also include a demonstration of the process of creating a botanical painting through the coursework and projects of former and current students of Chelsea School of Botanical Art.
The National Trust Heritage Award for Events and Publications in 2017 went to historian Colleen Morris and The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden held at the Museum of Sydney in 2016.
“The work of historian Colleen Morris is world class. Painted Garden was a complete triumph in terms of the contemporary botanical artworks it collected and then donated to our permanent collection. The other exciting aspect is that we are now working to put on a significant exhibition of a similar nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in 2018.”
A post visit survey conducted at the Museum of Sydney demonstrated that “Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden” was highly regarded by visitors.
To my mind, the page devoted to the award provides a benchmark of good practice for all botanical art exhibitions of this type in terms of criteria for assessing content and value.
Those in the UK will be able to see for themselves when the exhibition comes to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens in 2018.
About the project teams
Worked on the project:
SLM Exhibition Project Team –
About the National Heritage Awards
The National Trust Heritage Awards are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival and are now in their 23rd year of recognising heritage projects.
To view all the finalists and award recipients please visit the 2017 winner page here.
I'm going to the Private View this evening of the Tradescant's Orchard exhibition at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.
BELOW is a video I took on the day the Garden Museum reopened on 22nd May 2017.
I've also got photographs of the exhibits but am hoping to add a few "artists with their pics" to my planned review of the exhibition which will be posted later this week, hopefully tomorrow.
The video clearly shows how the exhibits of heritage fruit have been organised in terms of the fruit genera with sections devoted to: Hazel nuts (Corylus avellana) , pomegranates (Punica granatum), pears (Pyrus communis), cherries, damsons and plums (Prunus), apples (Malus domesticus), quince (Cydonia oblonga), gooseberries (Ribes), medlars (Mespilus germanica), mulberries (Morus nigra), strawberries (Fragaria) grapes (Vitis vinifera) and a few interesting one-offs - of which more later!
See my previous blog post - Tradescants’ Orchard: A Celebration of Botanical Art - for a list of the participating artists and links to their websites.
I'm extremely pleased to see that there is now a Margaret Flockton Award 2017 Gallery on the website of the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney.
For the very first time we can now see all the exhibits by all the international artists online. The new on-line gallery includes
I've previously highlighted the award winners - see below for details.
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution that Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
You can find out more about the Margaret Flockton Award from the following sites and blog posts:
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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