Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) has recently called for Assessment Entries from artists for its 2018 exhibition - which is the Scottish equivalent of the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition in London.
This post summarises key points about the exhibition and the process. It's a summary and hence not definitive. You need to read all information published by BISCOT on its website for the definitive version.
Below is an image of the flyer produced for the assessment entries. This can be downloaded at full size from the link below the image.
BISCOT - The Exhibition
Many congratulations to Jacqui Pestell who was awarded an M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List for her contribution to Botanical Art Education in Scotland.
Jacqui is the Director of Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
She has developed and is the Course Director for the very successful RBGE Diploma and RBGE Certificate Courses in Botanical Illustration.
The New Year Honours are announced formally in the London Gazette - in this case in Gazette 61803 for the New Years Honours List 2017 - see below for the specific announcement for Jacqui.
Jacqui Pestell trained at Trent Polytechnic and Goldsmiths in London, majoring
in textile and fashion, and Education of Art and Design. After working as a
textile designer for four years, she qualified as a teacher working in schools in
London while developing her reputation as a freelance illustrator, artist and
mural painter. Jacqui became the Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic
Garden Edinburgh in 1997 where she has established a reputation as a first class
teacher and botanical artist. Jacqui has helped to develop the classes in
Botanical Art and is now become the permanent Arts Education Officer within
RBGE. Jacqui is also responsible for developing the new Edinburgh Diploma in
The botanical art classes have become one of the most popular fixtures on the Garden’s Adult Education programme
The title of the Scottish Exhibition is Flora Scotia: Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition. Linking People to Plants through Contemporary Botanical Art.
The emphasis of each exhibition (one per country) is on NATIVE Plants. These are those which are indigenous. The definition for the purposes of the worldwide exhibition is as follows.
Any wild plant indigenous to a country, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids and naturalised exotics.
Forrest made several plant hunting expeditions over a period of 17 years at the beginning of the 20th century to Yunnan Province in Western China.
In total he brought back over 30,000 specimens of 10,000 plants to the Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh. He also collected and brought back seeds, herbarium specimens and a collection of photographs.
British gardens owe much to the intrepid explorer - rhododendrons and azaleas, primulas and gentians, orchids and magnolias, saxifrage and pieris, iris and jasmine, to name but a few!
There was much new planting here in the 1970s, including native and exotic species, in the form of the George Forrest Collection. Some of 40 plants listed include Rhododendron (Rhododendron trichostomum, Rhododendron decorum), maple (Acer forrestii), Pieris (Pieris forrestii 'Wakehurst'), Fragrant olive (Osmanthus yunnanensis), Butterfly bush (Buddleia fallowiana), and Daphne (Daphne odora).
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