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
Below a few words about Jacqui and the courses...
Jacqui is relatively quiet online - even if the delivery of one of her courses relies on technology called Propagate which facilitates a Virtual Learning environment. She doesn't have a website, doesn't tweet (she's done two to date) and is fairly quiet on Facebook!
She started at the RGBE in 1997 as Artist in Residence. The handbook for the Diploma Course she runs provides a brief about course tutors - including Jacqui - so here's the official version - which now needs some editing at the end! :)
Jacqui Pestell trained at Trent Polytechnic and Goldsmiths in London, majoring
Back in 2004, the RGBE's bulletin was announcing that
The botanical art classes have become one of the most popular fixtures on the Garden’s Adult Education programme
Nowadays I often find Jacqui popping up in posts about projects being undertaken by the RGBE - such as the recent Floral of Nepal botanical illustration project and exhibition.
As you'd expect from a teacher who is delivering courses which support online learning, Jacqui is not averse to doing a video!
Below are a couple of videos involving Jacqui - from which you can see she's very much up for exploration and trying new things - including practices and media associated with other countries when it comes to botanical art.
The first is a video of Jacqui painting on Lokta paper during a visit to Nepal for the Flora of Nepal project recently undertaken by botanical artists based at RGBE.
The second is a video of how she and Sharon Tingey produced a 'Thangka' after their visit to Nepal. It's the Nepalese version of an ancient Herbal - a way of identifying plants from simple portrayals.
Jacqui is also a member of The Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which acts as an Alumni Association for graduates of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's botanical illustration diploma course.
The RGBE Diploma, Certificate and Short Courses in Botanical Illustration
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).
Callendar Park | Historic Environment Scotland
Katherine Tyrrell writes about botanical art and artists and has followers all over the world.
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