The inaugural exhibition of the Young Botanical Artist competition opened on Friday. On Saturday I was back at Kew for the Private View for the exhibition - which was held in the much larger Marianne North Gallery - because this is a space which can accommodate lots and lots of people - including some 40 young botanical artists from all over the world.!
Following the presentations of Certificates, people moved to the actual exhibition in Galleries 5 and 6 of The Shirley Sherwood Gallery - which then became full of people with their art - and their significant others!
I'll be writing more about the artwork in the exhibition in my next review post.
During the presentation, I was able to video selected artists receiving their certificates and then afterwards photograph some of them with their artwork.
These are links to where you can see those videos on my Facebook Page
I'll be doing another post which considers this exhibition in more detail - and this will also include a link to my video of the exhibition - minus people.
This post is about:
Young Botanical Artist Competition & Exhibition
We believe there is significant talent among the 16-25 age group with a wealth of exciting work to be uncovered. This is a crucial moment to engage with the ever-growing genre of botanical art – the scientific capacity of botanical paintings and drawings to document plants and fungi is particularly vital in contemporary society as we work to preserve our planet’s biodiversity.
The aim of the Young Botanical Artist competition was to encourage young artists to engage with the natural world at a time when preserving our planet’s biodiversity is vital.
The Young Botanical Artist Competition was initiated in 2022 by The Shirley Sherwood
Collection, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (see my blog post Young Botanical Artist Competition 2022: Call for Entries)
The YBA competition asked artists from two age groups, 16–18 and 19–25, to submit two-dimensional artworks on the theme of ‘Trees’.
Ten of the world’s most renowned botanical artists and curators donated their time
to judge the entries, choosing works that represented their subject creatively, but
with scientific accuracy. The nine Judges, alongside Dr Shirley Sherwood, were:
The panel looked for for botanical artworks that represented their subjects creatively, but with scientific accuracy.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite artwork and a People’s Choice award will be announced in April.
I'm absolutely amazed by just how international this exhibition is. I've covered many international art competitions in the past and I can't ever remember getting so many entries from so many different countries - including ones which are not generally recognised as part of the international art scene. I wonder if we'll see some new national art societies developing as a result of this.
From entries to hung artworks
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the standard of the entries we received for our inaugural Young Botanical Artist competition and I’m grateful to my daughter-in-law Rachel Sherwood for bringing the initiative to life. It’s been fascinating to see such a broad range of responses to the competition and to have received so many entries from across the world. To see first-hand the next generation of talented botanical artists coming to the fore is enormously inspiring.”
You can see images of all the artworks by the age group prizewinners and the runners up at the bottom of the page about the Young Botanical Art competition/exhibition
The winner of the 16-18 Age Group was Prunus serrula (watercolour on paper) by Marianna Zych from Poland. What is particularly noteworthy about this artwork is that
When I saw this Tibetan cherry tree (Prunus serrula) at the Royal Botanic
The winner of the 19-25 Age Group was Bauhinia variegata leaf (watercolour on paper) by Khanh Ly Nguyen from Vietnam. Her small watercolour (below) showcases the intricate detail of this stunning tree.
Two new exhibitions open at the end of this week at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew
The exhibitions open on 20th October 2023 and continue until 7th April 2024.
Mat Colishaw - Petrichor
Mat Colishaw is a 57 year old English artist who works in photography and video. His work includes the creation of digital artworks using NFT and AI. He became well known when his work first surfaced as part of the Young British Artists group in the late 80s.
The Petrichor exhibition at Kew will dominate Galleries 1-5 and
“Bringing Mat Collishaw’s innovative work to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is hugely exciting, and this exhibition promises to be an evocative and wonderfully unique experience, unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the gallery before. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and the tradition of botanical art, Mat’s use of cutting-edge technology alongside the innovations of the past makes this exhibition a tantalising prospect for visitors to Kew this autumn.”
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