The equivalent of the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition in Scotland is BISCOT which is shorthand for Botanical Images Scotia.
BISCOT takes place every June at the Gardening Scotland Show held at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, beside Edinburgh Airport. It's the largest plant fair in Scotland.
What makes BISCOT different is that it then moves to and is hung again in the John Hope Gateway Building at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
This Scottish based exhibition is held at Gardening Scotland under the auspices of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It is then relocated to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for three weeks. It aims to promote excellence in botanical painting and illustration. BISCOT is competitive and certificates are awarded in Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver and Bronze categories. The unique silver Mary Mendum Medal may be awarded for an exhibit of exceptional quality.
Who is eligible to show at BISCOT 2018?
BISCOT runs on the same principles as the RHS Shows i.e. BISCOT has a "qualified" open entry.
The only people eligible to show at BISCOT 2018 are:
The deadline to apply for space to exhibit at this year's Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) Exhibition in 2018 is 14th February 2018. i.e. you have three weeks left to get an application submitted.
BISCOT 2018 - the details
How to qualify to show in 2019 and beyond
There is no limitation on where artists live or work.
(International artists who do not live in the EU who are importing art for exhibitions in the EU will need to reference Customs and Excise requirements re VAT - see the section about VAT for Organisations, Exhibitions & Competitions in VAT for Artists on my Art Business Info site)
However if you are not an RHS medal winner (Gold or Silver Gilt) and have not graduated from RBGE Diploma with distinction, you first need to be qualify i.e. be approved to exhibit - and this happens a long time in advance of an exhibition.
The deadline to submit work or images to be considered for assessment for future exhibitions (2019 and onwards) is Friday 25 May 2018.
The following reproduces the details of the BISCOT assessment process - as both a PDF file and details quoted from the file.
SUBMISSIONS: UK residents are required to submit 4 original works.
Please note there is a limitation on "approved to exhibit"
If an artist has not exhibited within seven years following successful assessment, then work must be re-submitted for a new assessment. If the reason for not exhibiting has been lack of space, then the period of eligibility will be extended and the artist will be given priority in the next exhibition.
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The page for Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK has
This time of year is when I start to systematically go through pages on my website and give them a very thorough overhaul (as you do when it's cold and bad weather outside!)
This is what I've been doing:
Plus I start checking to make sure I've got all relevant and up to date information - hence this post!
So this post is about
PLUS a NEW page for UK Call for Entries
Content on the landing page for UK exhibitions still needed to be made simpler.
So I now have a brand new page for Calls for Entries for Open Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK
That too has a new image, relating to the Best Exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Show last year - the wonderful Pandanus exhibit by Dr Mariko Ikeda GM (2017) from Japan.
That's because one of the messages is that botanical art exhibitions in the UK are NOT exclusive to botanical artists in the UK.
There are LOTS of international botanical artists who exhibit in the UK - and it's absolutely wonderful to live here and to be able to see their work. I do so appreciate the effort people make to come and exhibit in the UK!
Next week I'm going to be doing posts about the two major exhibitions which will attract major international botanical artists in 2018
I'm really looking forward to the exhibitions in 2018! :)
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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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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).
This week there are two botanical art exhibitions in Bloomsbury.
The Fall at The Fitzrovia Gallery
Venue: The Fitzrovia Gallery, 139 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5EN
(nearest tube: Warren Street)
Dates: 10-31 May 2017, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6:00pm
The Fall exhibition combines botanical photography by award-winning US photographer and author Anna Laurent with prints, painting and drawings by New York artist Ernesto Caivano.
Interest for lovers of botanical images are the photographs of the Boston-born and Californian-based photographer Anna Laurent. See my last post about the Botanical Photography Portfolio Exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - at which Anna won a Silver Gilt Medal. Both exhibitions focus on her major project about Seed dispersal - which you can also see on her website.
Anna recently published her first book The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery (Octopus / University of Chicago Press)
The Bloomsbury Gallery Flower Lovers’ Event
Venue: The Bloomsbury Gallery, 34 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ
(nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)
Dates: 28th May - 4th June 2017 (10am - 5pm daily)
A week after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, flowers continue for a week in Bloomsbury at the Bloomsbury Flower Event. A range of top botanical artists are exhibiting work - and three are delivering workshops (Billy Showell's workshop was today) and talks
The artists are:
Events and workshops include:
I'm afraid I've found the information for this event to be really rather difficult to communicate - mainly due to the inadequacies and vagaries of the venue's website. Hence the delay. There is however a pdf booklet about the event - but I can't find an online link for this!
MORE Botanical Art Exhibitions in June 2017
Botanical Art in the UK provides:
Botanical Art Collections in the UK provides links to the permanent collections of original botanical art by the past and more contemporary masters in:
Botanical Art Exhibitions at Major Art Galleries and Museums in the UK has links to current and upcoming exhibitions at:
There is also an ARCHIVE web page for The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew: Exhibition Archive (2008-2016) . This is the ONLY online archive in the world.
Besides highlighting the exhibitions it also highlights the books about the exhibitions which are still available.
RHS Botanical Art Shows provides:
Botanical Art Exhibitions in England and Wales provides links to information about exhibitions by:
The website includes an ARCHIVE of Past Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK. This is a listing for the more significant botanical art exhibitions in the UK in recent years. From which you can see which places, organisations, galleries and artists have been the most active.
It also includes links to relevant exhibition guides which are still available.
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