The NEW Association of `British Botanical Artists (ABBA) today announced its Call for Entries for the UK contribution to the Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition in 2o18.
In Ruskin's footsteps - "Linking people to plants through botanical art"
The exhibition is OPEN to:
Eligibility: Artists can enter one country’s exhibition, and that is the country of the artist’s primary residence. If an artist’s country of residence is not holding a worldwide exhibition, and the artist has some connection with the UK, the UK can invite the artist to submit an entry to the British exhibition.
The Call for Entries provides all the details that artists need to know at this stage.
Here's the basics of what's required
All entries will be juried by a prestigious team of professional artists, scientists and curators (to be announced at a later date). The paintings will be assessed according to:
In terms of dates there is no time to lose! If interested please note the following dates for the two stage application/submission process
I'm just really pleased to see this exhibition get off the ground. I was involved in getting it started in the Autumn and wrote a very long brief for what needed to be done - which was an awful lot!
Many congratulations are due to all those involved in making the exhibition real and finding a venue (which is really not easy in May!) I know for a fact that there must have been an awful lot of work involved to get this far.
I've created a page on my website for a summary of the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art in 2018. This includes:
Each of the entries for countries that have announced their intention to participate includes:
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THE ENTRY FOR YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS UPDATING.
A note of concern
My understanding when the exhibition was announced was this exhibition is open to botanical artists all over the world. I've checked with the outline I received and it states
Original botanical artworks juried from submissions of artists residing in each participating country
In other words if you are a botanical artist who lives in a country you can enter work for that country's exhibition.
Consequently I was extremely surprised and concerned to see an additional limiting constrain introduced. Some of the Call for Entries define the eligible artist as "being a member in good standing with (name of botanical art society)".
I have to emphasise that I think this is really sad.
This exhibition goes way beyond the normal exhibitions held on a regular basis by groups of botanical artists around the world.
Indeed one of the themes of the exhibition is the degree of collaboration required to hold the exhibition.
It's extremely sad that exhibitions in some countries will not be reaching out to those excellent botanical artists who choose - for various and excellent personal and professional reasons - not to belong to an art society or group.
I can think of many professional botanical illustrators and other well regarded and world renowned botanical artists who don't belong to a botanical art society. It would be such a pity if they were denied the opportunity to exhibit in this exhibition.
By all means charge non-members a higher fee - as happens in normal open exhibitions. Just don't exclude excellent botanical art of native plants because someone might not be a big fan of 'clubs'.
I do hope there'll be a rethink....
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