I've created a page on my website for a summary of the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art in 2018. This includes:
Each of the entries for countries that have announced their intention to participate includes:
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THE ENTRY FOR YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS UPDATING.
A note of concern
My understanding when the exhibition was announced was this exhibition is open to botanical artists all over the world. I've checked with the outline I received and it states
Original botanical artworks juried from submissions of artists residing in each participating country
In other words if you are a botanical artist who lives in a country you can enter work for that country's exhibition.
Consequently I was extremely surprised and concerned to see an additional limiting constrain introduced. Some of the Call for Entries define the eligible artist as "being a member in good standing with (name of botanical art society)".
I have to emphasise that I think this is really sad.
This exhibition goes way beyond the normal exhibitions held on a regular basis by groups of botanical artists around the world.
Indeed one of the themes of the exhibition is the degree of collaboration required to hold the exhibition.
It's extremely sad that exhibitions in some countries will not be reaching out to those excellent botanical artists who choose - for various and excellent personal and professional reasons - not to belong to an art society or group.
I can think of many professional botanical illustrators and other well regarded and world renowned botanical artists who don't belong to a botanical art society. It would be such a pity if they were denied the opportunity to exhibit in this exhibition.
By all means charge non-members a higher fee - as happens in normal open exhibitions. Just don't exclude excellent botanical art of native plants because someone might not be a big fan of 'clubs'.
I do hope there'll be a rethink....
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