The Margaret Flockton Award is for Excellence in Contemporary Scientific Botanical Illustration - and entries for the 2017 Award open and close very soon.
Some consider it the premier award for strict botanical illustration for reproduction in scientific journals. A lot of the people who enter are professional botanical illustrators working for or with botanical gardens all over the world.
It's also a valuable Award given that
Illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of the 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.
Call for Entries: Margaret Flockton Award 2017
Entries for The Margaret Flockton Award 2017 have to be submitted between 1 Feb and 28 Feb 2017.
Works must have been produced after February 2015 - but there has been an important change for the 2017 Award.....
Changes to note: 2017 Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition
The Award is
Works selected for exhibition will be on display later this year in May at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Hopefully the move to digital entries will mean that we might also see the exhibition travelling to other parts of the world where entries can be printed and mounted or framed for exhibition.
I know I'd love to see the Margaret Flockton Award exhibition either at the RHS Botanical Art Show or at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery!
Botanical Scotia (BISCOT) 2017 is an international juried exhibition of botanical art in Scotland which runs every year in June. The Call for Entries has been published and the closing date for applications for space to exhibit is 14 February 2017
BISCOT is both an organisation and an exhibition (Botanical Images SCOTland). The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
This year the organising committee have endeavoured to make the application process more accessible and easier for artists
BISCOT Exhibition 2017
The exhibition takes place between Thursday 1 June – 22 June 2017 and can be seen at two locations:
Eligbility to Exhibit
A list is maintained by the BISCOT Panel of who has been approved to exhibit.
Those approved to exhibit (i.e. automatic eligible) are:
Exhibitors must give at least 28 days notice, prior to the start of the exhibition, to the BISCOT committee if they are unable to show work. Artists who fail to comply with this requirement may not be considered for space the following year.
The number of new works which can be exhibited has been changed for 2017.
Awards take the form of Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver and Bronze certificates. The MARY MENDUM MEDAL may be awarded to an exhibit of exceptional quality.
How to apply for exhibition space
You can download the application form (pdf file) for space at Botanical Scotia 2017 below. If you print it off you can then handwrite your entry.
All applications for entry need to be received by 14 February 2017.
I'm going to have a word with the organisers and will suggest that they do two things:
In the meantime please note that you will need to post both form - completed in handwriting - and a cheque for the fee.
Further Information: Including more details which need to be observed by those applying for space to exhibit can be found on the BISCOT website - see BISCOT - Botanical illustration International competition | Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
A Call for Entries for Botanical Art at Bloom in the Park 2016 in Dublin, Ireland was published recently. The deadline for entries from botanical and floral artists for this prestigious Irish exhibition is the 31st March 2016.
4th Annual Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom
Below is a summary of information about the exhibition
Call for Entries - information
Here's a summary of the Call for Entries:
Who can enter?
In the Botanical Art category, the judging panel will look for three-dimensional drawings of appropriate subject matter where colour, tone and composition result in a pleasing and balanced portrait. Most important are botanical accuracy and the application of technique. Presentation and labelling are also considered.
How many works can be entered?
Has anybody tried using this form?
I'm curious about the entry form. It's not generally possible to enter data into a pdf form - I tried by downloading the form and then tried to complete it. I would normally expect the submission form to be:
Note: I'll be sending a link to this blog post to the entries email address.
A reminder of the Call for Entries for BISCOT 2016 - The Botanical Images Scotia Exhibition - and the deadline for entries.
The BISCOT 2016 Exhibition
Particular credit is given to themed work which attracts a higher award.
Available awards include Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver and Bronze certificates. These take the form of embossed presentation cards. The Mary Mendum Medal may be awarded to an exhibit of exceptional quality. There are no monetary awards.
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