The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is home to one of the best UK based collections of botanical art from the past - after Kew, the RHS Lindley Library and the Natural History Museum.
Next week I'm going to be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to view the exhibition of "Crawling with Life: Flower drawings from the Henry Rogers Broughton Bequest" which is on until Sunday 8 May 2016 in Gallery 14. Admission is free.
It comprises 17th and 18th century drawings and paintings by well respected and much admired botanical artists from the past.
the works selected for this exhibition reveal not only a wide range of creatures and insects living amongst the flowers, but plants, either carnivorous or masters of mimicry, which trap insects for food and as a means of aiding pollination.
The exhibition includes paintings by
You can see images from the bequest online if you search the collection online using the query "Henry Rogers Broughton".
This is a review of the exhibition Small works, Plants and Insects by the botanical artist and tutor Dianne Sutherland
This is the last weekend of the exhibition by the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration who are currently showing at Nature in Art (2 miles north of Gloucester). It finishes tomorrow.
All members were able to exhibit their own original work so long as artwork was framed in an acceptable way and labelled correctly.
The GSBI is a long established society.
The Society was formed in 1993 by Michael Hickey (teacher, botanist, writer and illustrator) to cater for all in the County interested in botanical illustration, whether as botanists, botanical illustrators, gardeners or those involved in the collection and appreciation of botanical works.
Details of how to join as a member are also available on the website.
Members get a half yearly newsletter containing reviews of events and details of forthcoming exhibitions and courses which may be of interest to members.
It also has a very well developed website and set of activities. Details of events and reviews can be found on the website. These include
As with all art societies there is also the opportunity to share your own tips and techniques with other members and learn from their experience.
Plus members can also contribute to an online gallery of artwork.
If you'd like your local botanical art society or group to feature on this blog please send me details of your upcoming exhibitions.
Thirteen Gold Medals were awarded at the 2016 RHS London Botanical Art Show. I had to sit and think for a bit before deciding how to write up my interviews with the twelve botanical artists I spoke to. This is how it's going to work.
The interviews are going to be written up on my main blog Making A Mark as not everybody knows about this one yet!
There are going to be three posts with the artists split by geography.
#1 covers four artists from Asia - three from Japan and one from Thailand. They are:
READ the Interviews with RHS Botanical Art Gold Medallists 2016 - from Asia
The artists are now all featured on this website on my page for leading Botanical Artists from Asia.
#2 covers artists from the UK and Europe:
The last post covers artists from the southern hemisphere and the USA
You can find all of them in related pages for the leading botanical artists in:
I've included tip and techniques from the interviews in a separate post Tips from 2016 RHS Gold Medal Winners - Botanical Art.
Fresh from their Silver Gilt Medal success at the RHS London Botanical Art Show last month, Iceni Botanical Artists are mounting an exhibition of Flower Paintings at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk which opens tomorrow - Wednesday 9th March.
The exhibition will include a display of paintings of Breckland Wild Flowers which were the subject of their RHS exhibition.
Venue: Blickling Estate, Blickling Aylsham, NR11 6NF. The Blicking Estate is a National Trust property.
Dates: Wednesday 9th March - Sunday 20th March 2016 (10am-5pm)
About Iceni Botanical Artists
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.
Yesterday the new full and associate members of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) were announced. You can find the names below along with links to their websites or their pages on the websites of the SBA website or a Florilegium Society.
Congratulations to all those who worked hard and applied themselves to achieving the high standards required of its members by the Society.
I guess most of those with a website now need to turn their attention to updating their bio pages!
NEW Full Members
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