Today (Friday 30th June 2017) marks 200 years since the birth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the 19th century.
From Halesworth to the Himalayas: A Legacy of Reality - a botanical art exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker - opens tomorrow in Halesworth in Suffolk. The main focus of the exhibition is paintings and drawings by contemporary botanical artists of plants discovered by and named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.
This exhibition is:
About Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
There are a number of events and exhibitions this year to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous 19th century botanist and explorer, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB PRS
Hooker sketched and coloured his drawings, produced on his travels, and sent them back to Kew to be painted by Walter Hood Fitch, whom Hooker had trained in botanical drawing. His discoveries have influenced the plants we have in our gardens today.
About the exhibition
The botanical illustrations and paintings in the exhibition, discovered by and named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (see examples in this post), are by Chelsea School of Botanical Art’s alumni (Amicus Botanicus), all of which will be for sale. Other botanical paintings will also be for sale
The exhibition will also include a demonstration of the process of creating a botanical painting through the coursework and projects of former and current students of Chelsea School of Botanical Art.
The National Trust Heritage Award for Events and Publications in 2017 went to historian Colleen Morris and The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden held at the Museum of Sydney in 2016.
“The work of historian Colleen Morris is world class. Painted Garden was a complete triumph in terms of the contemporary botanical artworks it collected and then donated to our permanent collection. The other exciting aspect is that we are now working to put on a significant exhibition of a similar nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in 2018.”
A post visit survey conducted at the Museum of Sydney demonstrated that “Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden” was highly regarded by visitors.
To my mind, the page devoted to the award provides a benchmark of good practice for all botanical art exhibitions of this type in terms of criteria for assessing content and value.
Those in the UK will be able to see for themselves when the exhibition comes to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens in 2018.
About the project teams
Worked on the project:
SLM Exhibition Project Team –
About the National Heritage Awards
The National Trust Heritage Awards are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival and are now in their 23rd year of recognising heritage projects.
To view all the finalists and award recipients please visit the 2017 winner page here.
I'm going to the Private View this evening of the Tradescant's Orchard exhibition at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.
BELOW is a video I took on the day the Garden Museum reopened on 22nd May 2017.
I've also got photographs of the exhibits but am hoping to add a few "artists with their pics" to my planned review of the exhibition which will be posted later this week, hopefully tomorrow.
The video clearly shows how the exhibits of heritage fruit have been organised in terms of the fruit genera with sections devoted to: Hazel nuts (Corylus avellana) , pomegranates (Punica granatum), pears (Pyrus communis), cherries, damsons and plums (Prunus), apples (Malus domesticus), quince (Cydonia oblonga), gooseberries (Ribes), medlars (Mespilus germanica), mulberries (Morus nigra), strawberries (Fragaria) grapes (Vitis vinifera) and a few interesting one-offs - of which more later!
See my previous blog post - Tradescants’ Orchard: A Celebration of Botanical Art - for a list of the participating artists and links to their websites.
I'm extremely pleased to see that there is now a Margaret Flockton Award 2017 Gallery on the website of the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney.
For the very first time we can now see all the exhibits by all the international artists online. The new on-line gallery includes
I've previously highlighted the award winners - see below for details.
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution that Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
You can find out more about the Margaret Flockton Award from the following sites and blog posts:
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The 2017 BISCOT Exhibition has now moved to the John Hope Gateway Building at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinbugh and is on display there until 22nd of June.
Below you can see a photo of Fran Thomas with the Mary Mendum Medal awarded for the Best Exhibit - of her watercolour paintings (behind her) of "Native plants of the coasts and islands of the Firth of Forth" - which also won a Gold Medal.
Below you can see a slideshow of the exhibits winning Gold and Silver Gilt for Billy Showell, Fran Thomas, Jenny Haslimeier (New Zealand) and Lyn Campbell.
Read more about the artists in my previous post Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) 2017 - Medal Winners
Note: all pics copyright the artists - please do not copy. I've got permission from BISCOT to reproduce them in this blog post
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In this post you'll find a list of the botanical artists winning medals at the Botanical Art at the Bloom Show in Dublin - plus a brief profile of each artist winning a medal. The exhibition also includes paintings by floral artists but this post is limited to the botanical artists.
This year, Bloom - the largest gardening festival in Ireland - was held at the OPW Visitor's Centre, in Phoenix Park Dublin between 1st and 5th June 2017. Today is the last day.
At the end, there is a commentary on how this botanical art show compares to others and a suggestion for possibly how the show might develop in future.
I'm always pleased to see Shevaun Doherty progressing in her career as a professional botanical artist and tutor. Shevaun enrolled for the Distance Learning Diploma Course (DLDC) in Botanical Illustration run by the Society of Botanical Artists after reading A Making A Mark Interview with Margaret Stevens - my interview with Margaret Stevens PPSBA, FSBA the then President of the Society of Botanical Artists and the Course Director for the SBA Diploma. The major advantage of the course for Shevaun was that she could do the assignments while living in Egypt! On one memorable occasion she completed her assignment on carrots while Egyptian uprising (and their version of the Arab Spring) Egyptian Spring made lots of noise outside her window!
As a result I've followed her career. Shevaun graduated the DLDC with a Distinction in her Diploma and has gone on to win a number of awards and medals. She is now the vellum painting tutor for the Distance Learning Diploma Course offered by the Society of Botanical Artists.
This is her fourth Gold Medal at Bloom - and her first Best in Show.
Siobhan Larkin was the Winner of Best in Show last year - and the year before! She has also exhibited at the 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, PA. She works in watercolour pencils - but she's not a fan of being online - hence no website.
Holly Somerville is is an Irish botanical artist, illustrator and teacher. She has academic accreditation to be a botanical artist from both the science and artistic perspectives. She has an MA in Botany from Somerville College, Oxford and a BA in Visual Communication from Edinburgh College of Art, where she specialised in illustration and photography. In the past she has worked in the herbarium of the Botany Department of Trinity College, Dublin. She has produced very many botanically correct pen and ink drawings for publications about Irish Flora and researchers at Trinity College and other universities around the world.
Silver Gilt Medal
Lynn lives and works in County Wicklow. She studied Fine Art at DIT College of Marketing and Design in Dublin as a mature student and graduated with a first in painting. She regularly holds botanical art classes and exhibits her work at various plant fairs in Ireland (see website for details). She won an RHS Silver Medal in 2013 when she exhibited six paintings about Kilmacurragh and the Plant Hunters from her long term project to paint plants from Kilmacurragh (part of the National Botanic Gardens). She's a member of ISBA and ASBA.See An Interview with Lynn Stringer
Nayana Sandur was born and raised in India but now lives in Limerick with her husband. She is a software engineer by profession. Her botanical watercolour paintings are completely self-taught.
Jane Stark is a botanical artist living in the west of Ireland. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, she has worked in graphic design and natural history illustration in Canada, the US and Ireland, specialising in high quality publication design. She is a founding member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA) and is currently President of ISBA. She has also been a leading light in getting the two ISBA books published Aibítir: The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art and Plandaí Oidhreachta, Irish Heritage Plants. She is also the curator of the annual Claregalway Botanical Art Expo, held in conjunction with the Galway Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle.
Future developments for Botanical Art at Bloom - a Commentary
Billy Showell was awarded the Best in Show Award for her painting of "Tulip Queen of Night" at the BISCOT Exhibition at Gardening Scotland (2nd-4th June 2017). The exhibition is organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in liaison with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Billy was also awarded a Gold Medal for her exhibit - the rest of which you can see below.
She's been having quite a week, having been announced as the new President Elect for the Society of Botanical Artists at the AGM three days earlier!
Below are details of:
Billy Showell is a very popular botanical art tutor and author as well as a best selling botanical artist. She's based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She graduated from St Martins School of Art with a degree in Fashion design and illustration. However she changed direction when she fell in love with watercolour painting and started painting flowers. She has been pursuing a career in painting, illustration and tuition for some years and is the author of four books. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards over the years.
I first met Fran Thomas at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2014 when she was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for Native Scottish marginal pond plants (Rumex aquaticus, Menyanthes trifoliata, Iris pseudacorus, Caltha palustris, Lythrum salicaria & Petasites hybridus). It seems Fran has a particular affection for plants associated with water!
Lyn used to work as a physiotherapist and took up botanical painting at RBGR. She graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2011 - and was graded Higher Merit.
Jenny is an experienced graphic/book designer and illustrator who comes from New Zealand but now lives in Edinburgh. She started studying botanical art in 2014 and in 2016, she graduated from the RGBE Diploma Course and was awarded a Distinction. Less than a year after graduation she has achieved a Silver Gilt Medal at BISCOT!
Karyn is a member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which is the Alumni group for those who have completed the RBGE's Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Dany is an architect who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and in Arles in France. She studied with Annie Farrer at Kew and earned her Certificate in Botanical Illustration. More recently she has been completing the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Regina is a visiting lecturer in graphic design at the University of Massachusetts. She received the President’s Award for the highest achieving student when she graduated with her Diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists in 2007.
Jan Miller is the Secretary of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists
How to see the BISCOT Exhibition 2017
You can see the exhibition today at the Gardening Scotland Show, at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston between 10am and 5pm until Sunday 4th June 2016. (The exhibition opened on Friday).
Next week, the exhibition will transfer to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway Building, for a period of about three weeks (7th June - 22nd June).
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