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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
Yesterday, I received an email from somebody at the Linnean Society asking me for nominations for the Jill Smythies Award. I was very flattered as you can imagine.
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I've just sent off the names of three people and asked whether they might be considered suitable - in which case I'll need to complete a nomination form!
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