Every year the Royal Horticultural Society has a mini Botanical Art Show at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May.
This year's RHS medal winners at Malvern are listed below - and apologies for this being a week late! I'm also very happy to add in any photos by any of the exhibitors if they'd care to contact me
RHS Gold Medal
RHS Silver Gilt Medal
I have always been drawn to pattern and structure and prefer to concentrate on the gnarled shapes of plants as they enter their seed cycle and reveal linear skeletal forms.
RHS Silver Medal
One of the things I've observed that happens often when international artists exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Shows is that they come with a friend or colleague from their botanical art society or country. That means they're not on their own and have got some help and support from somebody who speaks their language. Not an issue with Australians from ACT - but you get my drift! I think it's a really great idea.
In terms of exhibiting at Malvern, there's some jolly good reasons for exhibiting there:
Many thanks to Holly Somerville (Website | Facebook) for allowing me to use her photos of the display by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.
RHS and previous posts
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]
This is a very long post so there's a READ MORE break inserted - so make sure you click READ MORE to read the complete post.
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)!
Botanische Kunst, Fruit in Beeld (Botanic Art Fruit Revealed) - an exhibition by the Botanisch Kunstenaars Nederland (Dutch Society of Botanical Artists) - opens today.
Venue: the Fruitteeltmuseum (Orchard Museum) at Annie MGSchmidtsingel 1 4421 TA Kapelle - in the very south near the border with Belgium.
Dates: 1 April 2017 until 28 February 2018.
I've noticed that the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists always seem to develop a strong horticultural theme - relevant to the Netherlands - for its exhibitions. It seems to me this then:
I've now got all the names of those exhibiting at the RHS Botanical Art Show which will be held in the Lindley Hall in London later this month.
TODAY - I'm going to highlight the Trade Stands - which have introduced a few new names for me. Those teaching botanical art might like to note the numbers that relate to education and learning about botanical art.
TOMORROW - I'll be detailing the names of all the artists from all over the world who have been selected to exhibit at this years RHS Botanical Art Show in London. Some of them will be winning medals later this month!
There's details at the end of this post of dates, times and how to get there.
Botanical Art Societies
Both botanical art societies will be detailing what they have to offer for their membership fee and their different approaches to membership arrangements.
NEW South London Botanical Institute - Founded in 1910 in Tulse Hill, the South London Botanical Institute has a beautiful botanical garden and herbarium and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for all ages.
Education - tuition, diplomas and certificates
Those exhibiting with trade stands are split between individual tutors and organisations which offer taught Diplomas in Botanical Art.
The following are three Gold Medal winning botanical artists who are also botanical art tutors who have been teaching for many years. You can expect demonstrations and answers to questions you may have.
The following all offer a Diploma Courses in Botanical Art and will be able to show you what's involved and what they have to offer - plus (probably) artwork by students
For more about opportunities to learn more about botanical art see my Education section about tuition, courses, classes and workshops across the world
Various Arts and Crafts
Hannah McVicar - is a printmaker and illustrator who specialises in botanical screenprints. She also teaches courses in how to screenprint and will be demonstrating screenprinting live.
Rachel Dein - Rachel practices nature printing in concrete. She creates plaster cast tiles that record all the texture, pattern, and delicacy of plants and flowers
Save Me I'm Wild - this is about a concern for the loss of wild plant habitats. They produce Fine Art Prints and handmade cards
The Pressed Flower Guild - The Guild aims to raise the general standard of pressing flowers by enabling members to meet and share expertise and experiences.
Yateley Papers Ltd - will be offering block-printing taster sessions. Starting at 11am, classes are limited to 4 per session and on a first come first serve basis.
Maybe I'll see you there?
Location: RHS Lindley Hall, London SW1P 2QW (see map below)
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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.
The Scottish Botanical Art Collective
Botanical artists in Scotland have formed The Scottish Botanical Art Collective (SBAC) in order to respond to the call for countries to participate in the worldwide exhibition of botanical art being organised by ASBA.
The Scottish Botanical Art Collective (SBAC) is brand new umbrella organisation formed to represent the interests of botanical artists beloging to or working for:
Below are the details of the Call for Entries. More details will follow in January 2017.
You can also find details of the exhibition and the Call for Entries on the Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK page on this website.
Call for Entries
This is a call for artists to register interest in participating in a juried exhibition of artworks of native Scottish plants. This will form Scotland's contribution to a worldwide exhibition of contemporary botanical art in 2018.
Details are included in the Call For Entries which can be read online or downloaded as a pd file (see below).
You need to know:
Submission Dates: 1 October 2017 through November 27 2017
Wales - a similar initiative
A similar initiative is being pursued in Wales. Anybody interested in getting involved should contact Polly O'Leary.
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The 'Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta' Exhibition opened at the Visitor Centre at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin this weekend.
All paintings are by members of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA). The paintings in the show feature many well-known plants including Irish snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea along with primroses, iris and daffodils as well as a number of garden plants selected from the native Irish flora.
The exhibition is a joint project of ISBA and The Irish Garden Plant Society. The aim is to
It was opened at the weekend by Dr Martyn Rix, the botanist, plant collector, author and Editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Dr Rix studied botany at Trinity College, Dublin.
A book of the same name (a joint publication by the ISBA and the Irish Garden Plant Society) featuring the paintings in the exhibition was launched at an event on Saturday 12 November.
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