Some good news for those who thought they might miss Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art at the National Gallery of Ireland - which features botanical art in Ireland spanning almost 300 years, from the 1720s to 2019.
Back in March I wrote about the opening of this new exhibition of botanical art (see link to blog post above). As luck would have it, it had hardly been open any time at all when the Pandemic started and all art galleries - and exhibition were closed around the world.
The GOOD NEWS is that:
Drawn from Nature celebrates three centuries of Irish botanical art. The exhibition includes drawings, watercolours, prints, and illustrated publications dating from the 1700s to the modern day. ....
The artworks depict a wide variety of plants - common and rare; native to Ireland and exotic; growing wild and carefully cultivated. Included are Botanical Portraits, Illustrated Flora, and the work of Botanical Illustrators. The exhibition also features work by ten contemporary artists who follow in this rich artistic tradition and forge the way ahead.
Good News! The Society of Botanical Artists announced today that ALL the artwork selected for Plantae Annual Exhibition 2020 will now be available to view in a NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION.
The original Annual Exhibition had been due to open at the Mall Galleries on 3rd June 2020. However on 19th March, the SBA were informed by the Mall Galleries that they would be closed with immediate effect - with no date for reopening in sight.
Instead Plantae will now go online on exhibition will open on 3rd June 2020 - and the exhibition will remain online until the end of June.
Hence it will be capable of being viewed - for the very first time - by anybody interested in botanical art living anywhere in the world!
Given the number of selected artworks in the show this is no small achievement - indeed I think it may well be the biggest online exhibition I'll have seen since lockdown started!!
Maybe online exhibitions will become the norm for all botanical art societies going forward? The Pandemic has certainly already changed a lot in terms of what we think of as normal going forward. At the very least, I think it's very appropriate that the oldest botanical art society in the world should be the first botanical art society to host a very large exhibition of botanical art available online.
To get some sense of what has been achieved -
I'm not entirely clear about what which website the exhibition is going on or what the URL for the online exhibition will be. That will of course be announced by the SBA nearer to the time the online exhibition opens.
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