Two important dates in May for scientific botanical illustrators:
What is the Margaret Flockton Award?
The Margaret Flockton Award - organised annually by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton (1861-1953) made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
Every year, illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of a plant, clearly highlighting all of the distinctive features of the species. Original taxonomic illustrations are highly detailed black and white drawings primarily undertaken in pen and ink, pencil or digitally rendered.
You can read more about past winners on my dedicated page The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration
Who can enter the Margaret Flockton Award?
Entries are welcomed from all those who generate scientific illustrations of plants.
All previous winners of the Margaret Flockton Award are eligible to enter, EXCLUDING the 2020, 2021 AND 2022 first prize winning artists.
Typically, the people who submit illustrations for this award - and win awards are professional botanical illustrators / people who produce scientific botanical illustrations for botanical gardens and botanists on a regular basis. However they' are NOT the only people who enter.
Enthusiastic botanical illustrators ALSO make up at least half the entries
What can you enter?
The page relating to the Award includes a Guide to Scientific Botanical Illustrations - which I recommend you read before processing any further.
Flora of Southeast Asia is an International Botanical Art Exhibition which opens on 15th November at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
It is a regional juried exhibition and a unique collaboration between FOUR botanical art societies / groups in Southeast Asia. It has been co-organised by Botanical Art Society (Singapore) (BASS) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, in their first-ever collaboration with:
BOTANICAL ART SOCIETIES / GROUPS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
It struck me while writing this post that all these groups and societies have been set up in the last few years. It's an indication of how a much broader range of countries in Asia (beyond Japan, China and Korea) are now much more active in the creation of botanical art and associated exhibitions.
SCOPE OF "FLORA OF SOUTHEAST ASIA" EXHIBITION
120 artworks featuring 115 plant species by 85 artists have been selected to be on display throughout SBG. (This was the very well organised Call for Entries website).
This exhibition showcases the native plant diversity of Southeast Asia with 80 original botanical artworks in the Botanical Art Gallery and 40 additional facsimiles in the People’s Gallery outdoor exhibit spaces of the gardens.
The subject matter of "Flora of Southeast Asia is
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens:
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This is about an upcoming exhibition of the Oxford Florilegium which opens next month.
2021 is the 400th anniversary of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded on July 25th 1621. Established as the Oxford Physic Garden for growing medicinal plants used to teach medical students, the Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford. It became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s to reflect its role in experimental botany.
As part of the Oxford Botanic Garden’s 400 year anniversary celebrations, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and the Department of Plant Sciences are holding an Oxford Florilegium Exhibition.
To date, almost 80 illustrations by members of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum Florilegium Group have been accepted into the Herbarium archive. Following the judging for this year's exhibition more will be added to the growing collection.
Note 1: The image chosen for image above is Pinus nigra, black pine © Rosemary Wise. The tree is one of the oldest in the Oxford Botanic Garden and was planted in the Garden in the 1830s and much loved by JRR Tolkien. The original tree, often referred to as ‘Tolkien’s Pine’, shed two huge branches in 2014 and had to be felled. To mark the 400th anniversary, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales planted a special tree, propagated from a seed of the black pine (Pinus nigra) on his visit to mark the anniversary on 7th June 2021.
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