I now have the list of the exhibits for the RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 - to be held at the end of this week in the RHS Lindley Hall in Vincent Square London.
You can find the list below my commentary on the exhibits being displayed this year.
You can find our more information about the artists in RHS Botanical Art 2017 - Selected Artists.
The show is open to the public 24–25th February 10am–5pm. Free Entry - no ticket required
Casting my eye over the list of exhibits I see we will be viewing the usual orchids, roses and camellias as we do most years.
However I'm always more interested in what's novel or unusual. The first one which jumped out at me was the Pandanus (Mariko Ikeda) - which I know can make for a very striking painting. I've got a feeling either Kew or Shirley Sherwood have one in their collections. Here's an example of what I mean.
Another one which was going to be really interesting is Plants of the Holy Qur'an (Sue Wickison GM) - however Sue has had to pull out at the last minute
mainly because I haven't got a clue what these might be but am interested to find out. I couldn't wait so started looking this up on Google and it seems they're a popular topic for academic papers! However one source says there are 22 identifiable plants belonging to seventeen plant families while another says there there are 54 ! I shall wait for Sue to pronounce on the topic however I think I might arrive armed with a list of what I think she might have painted (e.g. Olive, Fig, Pomegranate, Date Palm, Zinger and Allium).
I note that we also have two lots of bamboo and I can't remember a single bamboo submission in the last 10 years!
I looked up Claudine Paquin's Plants of ‘Margredi’, dry grasslands of Friuli as it sounded like a bigger project - and I was right. There's a major restoration project going on so I'm assuming the two might be connected.
Shirley Slocock's Wayside Tracks and Verges appeals to me as it's not going to be cultivated flowers so much as "found" flowers. I assume these will be wild plants - but who knows?
Plus a further display which will not be judged
In terms of different ways of categorising exhibits I make that:
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Botanical Scotia (BISCOT) 2017 is an international juried exhibition of botanical art in Scotland which runs every year in June. The Call for Entries has been published and the closing date for applications for space to exhibit is 14 February 2017
BISCOT is both an organisation and an exhibition (Botanical Images SCOTland). The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
This year the organising committee have endeavoured to make the application process more accessible and easier for artists
BISCOT Exhibition 2017
The exhibition takes place between Thursday 1 June – 22 June 2017 and can be seen at two locations:
Eligbility to Exhibit
A list is maintained by the BISCOT Panel of who has been approved to exhibit.
Those approved to exhibit (i.e. automatic eligible) are:
Exhibitors must give at least 28 days notice, prior to the start of the exhibition, to the BISCOT committee if they are unable to show work. Artists who fail to comply with this requirement may not be considered for space the following year.
The number of new works which can be exhibited has been changed for 2017.
Awards take the form of Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver and Bronze certificates. The MARY MENDUM MEDAL may be awarded to an exhibit of exceptional quality.
How to apply for exhibition space
You can download the application form (pdf file) for space at Botanical Scotia 2017 below. If you print it off you can then handwrite your entry.
All applications for entry need to be received by 14 February 2017.
I'm going to have a word with the organisers and will suggest that they do two things:
In the meantime please note that you will need to post both form - completed in handwriting - and a cheque for the fee.
Further Information: Including more details which need to be observed by those applying for space to exhibit can be found on the BISCOT website - see BISCOT - Botanical illustration International competition | Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
The 4th Annual Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition opens at Bloom in the Park today (Thursday 2nd June 2016).
The exhibition includes 56 botanical artworks in watercolour, gouache, ink, drawing or fine art print by artists from all over Ireland. This year it has gone international and includes entries from botanical artists from Korea.
Location: The Gallery at the Phoenix Park Visitors’ Centre
during the Bloom in the Park Festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin
Dates: 2nd - 6th June 2016
Times: 9am - 6pm
Talks: Talk (2-2.45pm) on topics related to botanical art
The exhibition was hung in The Gallery at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre by Yanny Petters, Holly Somerville, Lynn Stringer and Siobhan Larkin on Monday.
Awards and medals for the artwork will be announced later today following the judging. I'll be doing a blog post later this week about who won the awards and this will include photos of what the exhibition looks like.
(These were the award winners in 2015 - pdf file)
All artwork is for sale and you also get to meet and talk with some of the artists - and maybe buy a beautiful painting for your home or office!
Note about Bloom in the Park
Bloom in the Park is based on the success of similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows. It is sponsored by Bord Bia - the Irish government agency charged with the promotion, trade development and marketing of the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry.
A Call for Entries for Botanical Art at Bloom in the Park 2016 in Dublin, Ireland was published recently. The deadline for entries from botanical and floral artists for this prestigious Irish exhibition is the 31st March 2016.
4th Annual Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom
Below is a summary of information about the exhibition
Call for Entries - information
Here's a summary of the Call for Entries:
Who can enter?
In the Botanical Art category, the judging panel will look for three-dimensional drawings of appropriate subject matter where colour, tone and composition result in a pleasing and balanced portrait. Most important are botanical accuracy and the application of technique. Presentation and labelling are also considered.
How many works can be entered?
Has anybody tried using this form?
I'm curious about the entry form. It's not generally possible to enter data into a pdf form - I tried by downloading the form and then tried to complete it. I would normally expect the submission form to be:
Note: I'll be sending a link to this blog post to the entries email address.
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