The judges have chosen paintings of 48 native plants - indigenous to Ireland - painted by 43 artists for the upcoming Éireannach exhibition organised by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists - and part of the Botanical Art Worldwide initiative taking place in May 2018. (For more details of this initiative see the note at the end of this post)
The names of artists whose work has been selected are listed below along with the names of the plant they have illustrated in terms of:
Exhibition details are as follows:
The Steering Committee for the exhibition comprise: Zoë Devlin, Yanny Petters, Jane Stark and Lynn Stringer. They have received assistance from a number of the other participating artists.
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Fionnuala Broughan *
Michael Campbell *
Giulia Canevari (Facebook)
Betty Christie *
Janet Colgan *
Jo Cummins (Facebook)
Sally de Bromhead
Marie de Lacy Clancy
Mary Dillon *
Shevaun Doherty * (Facebook)
Noeleen Frain *
The Botanical Artists of Canada are celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with an exhibition of Native and Indigeous Plants. Last night was the Opening Reception.
Dates: July 5 to 26, 2017
Venue: Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. The gallery is open: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am - to 5.30pm.
The exhibition aims to:
[I'm happy to add photos of the exhibition into this post if anybody would like to send me some.]
The Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition has a brand new and fabulous website at https://www.botanicalartworldwide.info.
One of the great things about it are the wonderful images used on some of the pages which highlight the diversity of plant life on earth and in the different participating countries.
The website includes an ABOUT page highlighting the goals of the project, the participating countries and how the project is organised. I see somebody agreed with me that 'a global view' was the appropriate image for the top of the page! (see my page on the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018 in the Exhibition section - which has a summary on one page). I like the little leaf icons to indicate which countries are participating.
It also has sections devoted to Events and News. (The latter needs a method for subscribing to news - but I'm sure that will arrive as news begins to get posted)
The Countries section highlights all the participating countries, plus links to where more information can be found about that country's exhibition (calls for entries; dates and venue of the exhibition etc.). Some countries have created independent websites for the exhibition which are seperate from the relevant organisation for that country.
The names of their exhibitions which, to date, are as follows (link to the page embedded below in the name of the exhibition).
This is not the order on the website - but 'Botanical Art and Artists' does everything by continent so I'm reordering the list in this blog post into continents!
Note: For those wondering..... The website is using SquareSpace (I know one when I see one!). This has been a top web-ware solution for some years for those needing well designed and high performing websites with templates well suited to art websites. I've been wondering what would be chosen for this global initiative and I'm really pleased with the choice - it's one of my favourites. I have every confidence it will cope well as the exhibition expands and the associated website needs to expand and needs galleries / videos etc. The virtual exhibition will look brilliant!
The NEW Association of `British Botanical Artists (ABBA) today announced its Call for Entries for the UK contribution to the Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition in 2018.
In Ruskin's footsteps - "Linking people to plants through botanical art"
The exhibition is OPEN to:
Eligibility: Artists can enter one country’s exhibition, and that is the country of the artist’s primary residence. If an artist’s country of residence is not holding a worldwide exhibition, and the artist has some connection with the UK, the UK can invite the artist to submit an entry to the British exhibition.
The Call for Entries provides all the details that artists need to know at this stage.
Here's the basics of what's required
All entries will be juried by a prestigious team of professional artists, scientists and curators (to be announced at a later date). The paintings will be assessed according to:
In terms of dates there is no time to lose! If interested please note the following dates for the two stage application/submission process
For further information you can meet with representatives of ABBA at the RHS London Botanical Art Show on the 24th and 25th February.
I'm just really pleased to see this exhibition get off the ground. I was involved in getting it started in the Autumn and wrote a very long brief for what needed to be done - which was an awful lot!
Many congratulations are due to all those involved in making the exhibition real and finding a venue (which is really not easy in May!) I know for a fact that there must have been an awful lot of work involved to get this far.
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