Julie Whelan DipSBA and Shevaun Doherty DipSBA(Dist) graduated from the Society's Distance Learning Diploma Course last year. They submitted their paintings this year on the busy submission day, 18 February, for the annual open exhibition The Language of Flowers. To view images from the receiving day click here
The Annual Open Exhibition is also open to non members from the UK and overseas.
On Receiving Day, work framed and ready for exhibition must be brought to Westminster Central Hall with the completed exhibition entry schedule and the submission fees. There is no need to advise the Society of this in advance. The Selection Committee will not consider portfolios, reproductions of work or web site addresses as part of the election procedure.
The Executive Secretary can be approached at any time in the year for an exhibition information sheet and an entry schedule, but these will only be despatched in early January. The exhibition information sheet for 2013 is downloadable as a PDF file here. The entry schedule is four-part self-carbonised, only available from the Executive Secretary by post. To receive the exhibition entry schedule please send a stamped, addressed envelope to the Executive Secretary. Overseas applicants need only request a schedule as UK postage may vary for each country.
Non members may submit up to five works. If seeking Associate membership, please follow the instructions below.
The Selection Committee Council elects new Associate Members from the non members who submit work to the Annual Exhibition. To become an Associate an artist must have submitted five works and had ALL five works accepted for two consecutive years: that is 10 out of 10 works accepted in total over two successive years. The Selection Committee only sits once a year at the Annual Open Exhibition and Associate Membership is automatic for those applicants who fit the criteria above. Whilst the process may appear difficult, it is not impossible and, if unsuccessful, artists can apply again in successive years.
Election to full Membership is entirely at the discretion of the Selection Committee and is not automatic. Full membership entitles the use of SBA after a member’s name, signifying a guarantee of excellence in the botanical painting world.
Artists who have been awarded a Distinction from the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course may submit six works to apply for Associate Membership.
The receiving day works ready to exhibit for The Language of Flowers is 18th February 2013
There are costs associated with exhibiting. There is a submission fee of £5.00 per work and a hanging fee commencing at £16.50 per work if the work is chosen for exhibition. All work must be for sale and the Society will charge a commission of 42 percent of the selling price if the work is sold.
The annual subscription for Associate Members is £120.00 which entitles the use of the initials AssocSBA after the artist’s name. There are also other benefits for Associates: free submission and hanging, reduced commission on sales at the exhibition, the opportunity to take part in projects and exhibitions which are exclusive to the Society’s Members, and the obvious association with like-minded artists.
If submitting work to the Annual Open Exhibition from outside of the UK, Jackie Gethin SBA is willing to receive work unframed. She will mount and wrap the work in cellophane to present to the Selection Committee for the judging. Accepted work will be frame and delivered to the gallery on hanging day and unaccepted work will be saved. At the close of the exhibition, unaccepted and unsold work will be returned unframed and unmounted and she will invoice the artist for all charges. You may contact Jackie by e mail at 'info','soc-botanical-artists.org'
The title of the 2013 Annual Open Exhibition ‘The Language of Flowers’ gives plenty of scope for subjects and the Selection Committee looks forward to hearing from you.
Henderson, Executive Secretary SBA,
1 Knapp Cottages, Wyke, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4NQ
Tel: 01747 825718