Scottish Society of Botanical Artists wins £10,000 Finnis Scott Foundation's Botanical Art Prize 2022
The winner of the £10,000 Botanical Art Prize 2022 - awarded by the Finnis Scott Foundation - is the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, for their project ‘Botanical Art Training Scotland’.
The presentation of the £10,000 prize will take place in late May in Edinburgh.
The Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize 2022
WHAT THE JUDGES THOUGHT!
The judges thought that the entries were of a very high standard. However, they particularly liked the SSBA’s plan to
“We are delighted to award the biennial Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize to the Society of Scottish Botanical Artists, to help in their work enabling Scots outside the central belt to participate in the creation of botanical artworks, with all the benefits that come with that.
The Society won the prize against very stiff competition from other groups in the United Kingdom. We wish the SSBA good fortune in their endeavours."
Ursula Buchan, Chair of the Finnis Scott Foundation
“The Prize is unique in that it offers the opportunity for dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out. The botanical artist often works alone, so the opportunity to work in collaboration as part of a group can be incredibly inspiring.”
Sandra Wall-Armitage (one of the Judges)
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