Just a reminder that the deadline for the Distance Learning Diploma in Botanical Art offered by the Society of Botanical Artists is TOMORROW 30th September 2023.
Course 21 will commence in January 2024.
You can also read about some of the DLDC assignments that students did in the past to get a sense of what's involved from a student perspective - on my page dedicated to Society of Botanical Art Diploma Course - commentary via blog posts
HOW TO DECIDE ON THE BEST COURSE FOR YOU
You can also check out alternative options for studying via a Diploma or Certificate on my page about Diploma and Certificate Courses in Botanical Art & Illustration in 2022-23 - which I will be updating in the near future.
This also includes a LOT of questions that I recommend every student should ask before making a decision as to which is the best course for them as an individual.
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Botanical Art Worldwide - Basic Principles
The second Botanical Art Worldwide Project will focus on and celebrate biodiversity in the crops that have been closely associated with the human species over thousands of years. The theme is designed to draw attention to the vast variety of food and useful plants available, in contrast with the relatively few varieties currently used in mass cultivation. Plants eligible for inclusion are those cultivated for food, textiles, building, energy, and medicine
BAW Central Guidelines
The theme of the Exhibition in 2025 is "Crop Diversity".
Eligible subject matter covers:
Every country needs to comply with the central guidelines which will be produced by the Steering Committee for Botanical Art Worldwide.
These central guidelines has not yet been fully finalised - and hence not yet formalised and published . However these are coming soon and will be prominent on the Botanical Art Worldwide website when available.
BAW International Exhibition
The International Exhibition is going to be digital/virtual and will be available online to everybody around the world and remain on view during May 2025.
(To be honest, I've always thought that the point of going digital is you can remain online - as indeed all the historical art does in the various collections / major projects relating to past botanical artwork and illustrations. Maybe it's an issue of expense? There again YouTube is forever if you so choose.)
Artists around the world are working on this project to:
Components of the BAW Project 2025
BASIC PRINCIPLES of how it will work in every country - as agreed by the Steering Committee.
If your botanical art organisation / botanical garden / museum wants to participate - and your country is not already participating (see list below) - you should
The following are all the participating countries - to date. I expect more will join.
You can see everything that happened around the world on one page on my website - see ARCHIVE: World Wide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018. It includes a number of images and videos.
I will be setting up a similar page for Botanical Art Worldwide 2025 on this website very soon.
Country Guidelines / Exhibition
Each participating country has a Steering Committee who are organising the country contribution to the International Exhibition.
Within their own country, each country can choose to have as many artworks as they like in a physical exhibition in the country - depending on the space available.
Each country can organise additional lectures, webinars, workshops, demonstrations, and other public programming - during the dates agreed for the opening and closing of the exhibition in that country.
Botanical Art Worldwide in the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
In the UK the contribution to Botanical Art Worldwide is SPLIT - as it was in 2018 - between:
Below you can find out more about
The Association of Botanical Artists are TONIGHT hosting a free online webinar about Botanical Art Worldwide 2025 on Zoom for artists from around the world.
DATE: Tuesday 12th September
TIME: 8pm (British Summer Time)
TOPIC: Q&A session focused on the Botanical Art World Wide 2025 exhibition
SPEAKERS: Carol Woodin in conversation with Martin Allen
This session is designed to help answer any questions you may have about this exhibition.
WHO CAN VIEW: The event is open to ALL botanical artists no matter where you live.
This event is NOT just for ABA Members and you do not have to be a member to watch.
LINK: Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86845923213
The webinar is also being recorded and will be available to watch after the event.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?
Botanical Art Worldwide 2025
DATE: 18th May 2025 (i.e. 20 months in the future)
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION: "Crop Diversity".
The second Botanical Art Worldwide Project will focus on and celebrate biodiversity in the crops that have been closely associated with the human species over thousands of years. The theme is designed to draw attention to the vast variety of food and useful plants available, in contrast with the relatively few varieties currently used in mass cultivation. Plants eligible for inclusion are those cultivated for food, textiles, building, energy, and medicine.
In 2025, Botanical Artists and associated organisations and various institutions from around the world will be collaborating to develop the second Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition by
All artwork will focus on plants which are included in one of the following categories
The 26th Annual International Exhibition of Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) opens next month. The exhibition comprises two-dimensional, original, botanical art and runs from 17th September to 26th November at Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) in California. (More details of this and the opening event at the end)
This post is about the artists whose artwork has been selected for this exhibition.
[UPDATE 31 August 2023: It has now been updated to include
The selection jury for this show comprised three botanical artists and educators.
Selected artists 2023
The artists who produced artwork selected by the jurors are listed below.
The thing I noticed as I went through the listing below is that a lot of names are new to me and are artists who have not exhibited in the ASBA International before. I understand a total of ten (22%) are new to having their art displayed in the Annual International.
UPDATE: You can now see ALL the artworks in digital form on the ASBA website - in alphabetical order of the surname of the artist. Find out about the artists below....
This autumn, The Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA) has a new exhibition Crainn na hÉireann (Native Irish Trees) - Delighting in the Detail opening:
The Poster for the Exhibition (above) features a painting of a Wych Elm by Elaine Moore Mackey
Crainn na hÉireann – Delighting in the Detail celebrates twenty-two of Ireland’s native trees which are
Over the last two years, a number of botanical artists who are members of ISBA, have produced a set of paintings for each tree:
ISBA hopes the exhibition will encourage everyone to appreciate anew the wonder of nature, and instil a sense of ownership and responsibility for its preservation.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched a new Digital Collections platform, allowing anyone to access 10,000 library items and herbarium specimens online for free.
Great progress has been made in digitising the collections in the RHS Lindley Library - of garden history and science - over the last five years. Below I cover
The project started in 2018 and was helped by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thousands of botanical artworks have been photographed, including Nellie Roberts’s Orchid Award Committee paintings
WHAT IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE RHS DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
You can now access digital images of the following online via RHS Digital Collections
Here's an example - which can be downloaded - together with the detail which can be identified and listed if republished.
The Collections include:
Some plants have "everything we've got on"
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
One surprise at the Private View for the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show was an announcement about a new competition and opportunity for botanical artists.
I'll explain below.
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