The Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists are hosting an exhibition of botanical art in 2018 - which opened last week. This is their first exhibition since 2013 - because of the lack of a suitable venue.
The 2018 exhibition is being held in The Core, Courtyard Gallery, Solihull B91 3RG and the dates are 18th April – 5th May 2018. (This is how to get there)
The exhibition includes 60 artworks by 22 artists. 43% are executed using coloured pencils and 36% are watercolour paintings. The rest (20%) are graphite or mixed media.
Around 10 artists will be providing demonstrations during the course of the exhibition.
Below are some gallery views of the exhibition.
You can find a list of exhibiting artists in this exhibition in the file below - together with titles and media.
You can also see artwork by some of the members in the gallery on the BSBA website
Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists was founded in 1999 by graduates of the University of Birmingham’s Certificate of Higher Education in Botanical Illustration.
Members are drawn from an area bounded by Shrewsbury to the north, Worcester to the west, Nottingham to the east and Rugby, Nuneaton and Leicester to the south.
The aims of the Society are that
These are the names of the exhibiting artists at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2018. This year the show has changed dates and instead of February is now one between 10th and 12th July 2018 - at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair at the RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and the RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD
Tickets are on sale now - I've already got mine!
RHS Botanical Art Show Exhibitors July 2018
There are 44 exhibitors in total which (I think) is a lot more than in previous years. There is going to be some serious competition - there are a number of former Gold Medal Winners (former RHS Gold Medal Winners have GM after their name).
In addition, so far I've counted at least two former winners of Best Painting (Bridget Gillespie in 2017 and Hideo Hirokoshi in 2015) and one artist who has won best exhibit twice (Hye Woo shin in )
I'm listing the exhibiting artists by country of origin to demonstrate the worldwide appeal of this very prestigious exhibition. Nobody else requires exhibitors to produce six high quality artworks on a theme. I highly recommend that those wanting to exhibit with the RHS in future visit the exhibition if they can - and if they can't take a look at my blog posts about previous exhibitions. (see the end of this blog post for more information)
The number per country is as follows:
UK (19 artists and 1 group)
Americas (2 artists)
The Christmas Exhibition of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists will open tomorrow at The John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh (entrance via Arboretum Place).
The exhibition runs from 25th November - 2nd December (10am - 4pm) and admission is free - and the art will be excellent!
ESBA acts as an Alumni Association for past graduates of the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Below I've got images of some of the pen and ink drawings that Marianne Hazlewoodwill be showing. Marianne was the winner of the Eve Bennett Award for Botanical Illustration at this summer's Diploma graduation.
The drawings below were done by Marianne Hazlewood using Japanese ink paste on Lambeth Cartridge. The images are 'crops'. I think they're wonderful because they lend a distinctively contemporary 'edge' to her botanical art.
Marianne was inspired in her pen and ink drawings by Sarah Simblet (author of Botany for the Artist) who came to the Diploma course and did a day with the students.
While I was painting my Arisaema I wanted to illustrate these growing shoots because they were so fascinating, so I did a drawing for each of my specimens, it was such an amazing experience, one which I will be repeating
The botanical artists with drawings, paintings and prints on display include:
The image used as artwork for the flyer is by Sharon Tingey - one of the tutors on the RBGE Diploma Course - and is from her RHS Gold Medal winning suite of paintings of sunflowers. Read my blog post Interviews with six RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners (2014) about the exhibition where she won her RHS Gold Medal
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This post is a review of the 2017 annual exhibition "Changing Seasons" of the Society of Botanical Artists. This year there are 467 paintings, drawings and prints, Miniatures and works in three dimensions (glass, sculpture, jewellery) by members and associated members of the SBA and artwork from non-members selected from the open entry.
The show is on at the Central Hall Westminster in London (opposite Westminster Abbey) until Saturday 21st October. It's open every day from 11am to 5pm and admission is free.
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