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
Two important dates in May for scientific botanical illustrators:
What is the Margaret Flockton Award?
The Margaret Flockton Award - organised annually by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton (1861-1953) made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
Every year, illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of a 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.
You can read more about past winners on my dedicated page The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration
Who can enter the Margaret Flockton Award?
Entries are welcomed from all those who generate scientific illustrations of plants.
All previous winners of the Margaret Flockton Award are eligible to enter, EXCLUDING the 2020, 2021 AND 2022 first prize winning artists.
Typically, the people who submit illustrations for this award - and win awards are professional botanical illustrators / people who produce scientific botanical illustrations for botanical gardens and botanists on a regular basis. However they' are NOT the only people who enter.
Enthusiastic botanical illustrators ALSO make up at least half the entries
What can you enter?
The page relating to the Award includes a Guide to Scientific Botanical Illustrations - which I recommend you read before processing any further.
The deadline for entries for ‘ReflectionS’, no plants-no planet’ - the Online Exhibition by the Association of British Botanical Artists is Wednesday 1st September
BELOW is a summary of the key "need to know" points
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The aim of the exhibition is to stimulate discussion about biodiversity and the impact of climate change using the medium of botanical art to tell a story through imagery which is visually appealing and immediately accessible to a wide audience.
This exhibition was inspired by COP26 - the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021. COP26 has six major themes and the theme that is relevant to this exhibition is:
“ Nature - to safeguard and restore natural habitats and ecosystems to preserve the planet’s biodiversity “
The exhibition will comprise a juried and digital collection of botanical art by ABBA members that reflects the pivotal role that plants play in preserving the planet's biodiversity.
This digital exhibition will be displayed as follows:
ABOUT THE CALL TO ENTRIES
Who can enter: Members of the Association of British Botanical Artists.
The Association of British Botanical Artists (ABBA) have announced their Call for Entries for their next botanical art exhibition called "Purely Botanical" - and it opens for submissions today. (I was alerted to this by ABBA after publishing my last post - and they very kindly sent me the details this morning!)
As an Association of Botanical Artists our focus is on reflecting accurately the natural beauty of plants that surround us, particularly native plants.
Purely Botanical - Call for Entries
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