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 Finnis Scott Foundation has announced a Call for Applications for its NEW Botanical Art Award worth £10,000 for organisations involved with botanical art.
A number of leading people in the botanical art world have been helping to get the award set up. Applications will judged by a sub-committee of experts with knowledge of botanical art.
Below is a briefing about this brand new award. [Please note minor modifications have been made since this was first posted as matters have been clarified]
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The Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award (£10,000)
I've been asked by Charlotte Brooks, the Botanical Art Award Secretary, to help promote this award - which I'm very happy to do.
Below I've tried to do my usual review of the terms and conditions for a "call for entries" and have created a digest, highlighting key facts and making some suggestions.
Any queries need to be addressed by emailing the Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Botanical Art Award?
The Finnis Scott Foundation is offering a NEW biennial award (every two years) valued at up to £10,000, to support and promote the practice of botanical painting.
The aim of the Award is that it should enable established botanical art groups to:
It's important to note that it's expected that the funding from the Award will last for no longer than two years - hence if any project is to have a longer life it will need to secure recurrent funding from other sources before or during the project.
The award will fund
discrete projects that promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of botanical painting.
It enables dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out.
It encourages botanical artists, who often work alone, to collaborate and co-operate with other botanical artists with a view to promoting the practice of botanical art and and creating and outcome for those who appreciate it.
It recognises the contribution of those who have already helped raise the profile of botanical art and now want to further extend their reach to new audiences by enabling them to carrying out something 'extra-ordinary' (i.e. not just business as usual)
Obviously the nature of the project is up to individual groups to decide.
Projects might involve develop educational and creative opportunities e.g. developing
The judges are looking to reward fresh ideas, original projects and new ways of working.
My thoughts, for what they are worth - in terms of what I think are "gaps" in botanical art activities in the UK - is that a project might be
Next - the application process (who/what/how/when)!
Today I've published two new Pages on Botanical Art and Artists - covering botanical art societies groups and educators. They are additional to the existing page which will, in future, be wholly focused on botanical artists on Facebook.
I started the day thinking I'd update my website page about botanical artists on Facebook and asked for people to let me know if any have been left out.
However I've been contacted by so many people that I've now decided to split it in three and make each of the three pages much more relevant to the section they sit within.
So Botanical Art and Artists now has:
If you know of a Facebook Page or Group that should be included on one of the above please contact me via a comment to this post.
Over 50 botanical artists and flower painters and printmakers are participating in the annual Florum Exhibition which opens on Saturday - details below.
This is not an open exhibition, nor is it a strictly botanical art exhibition per se or a formal art society. Florum was started by the late Elizabeth Smail FLS FSBA whose aim was to create a colourful and inspiring mix of works celebrating plant life.
One of the ways in which this exhibition is different is that artists are invited to submit work and there's a range of different types of portrayal of plant life and media on display in the exhibition. Plus lots of prints and cards. All work is for sale .
I've got work in the show and will be stewarding at the exhibition next Friday 16th September if you'd like to meet me!
You can get a taster for the exhibition through my slideshow of last year's exhibition (on YouTube).
You can find out more about Florum on:
This exhibition of botanical art by Irish artists will be held at the Ranelagh Arts Centre at 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 between 5th and 19th May 2016. (click the link to see location on a map of Dublin)
The participating botanical artists are:
"A Botanical Spring Fling"
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