History

Established in 1985, by Suzanne Lucas, The Society of Botanical Artists brings together artists of national and international repute.

Our aims are:

  • To advance the education of the public by promoting the appreciation of  botanical art
  • To provide facilities for the exhibition of work by artists who practice this genre of art
  • The evaluation and awarding of qualifications to practicing, and those seeking to become, professional artists
  • To promote the protection, appreciation, conservation and nurture of plants and natural habitats of plant life with special reference to endangered species.

Our first exhibition was in 1986 at the Mall Galleries in London. And then, for many years we exhibited annually at the Central Hall Westminster Gallery until June 2019, when we went back to exhibiting at the Mall Galleries.

In 2004 The Art of Botanical Painting was written by past president Margaret Stevens for the Society and published in association with Harper Collins. Initially designed for those searching for a practical guide to the subject of botanical art, the book has been a resounding success and the American edition was published by Harper Collins US in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

Realising that The Art of Botanical Painting would be an ideal textbook on which to base a course, the Society launched its Distance Learning Diploma Course in January 2005. Many Courses have now been completed. Enquiries for enrolment should be directed to the Course Administration on courseadmin@soc-botanical-artists.org

Another book The Botanical Palette, again written by Margaret Stevens for the Society, was published by Harper Collins in October 2007.

In March 2010 Anova Books published Botanical Sketchbook by SBA Member and former DLDC student Mary Ann Scott, under the auspices of the SBA and with Margaret Stevens acting as consultant and co-editor.

In 2012 Anova Books published a heavily revised and expanded update of a classic text by Ernest E. Clark, Handbook of Botanical Forms for Botanical Artists, which features the contemporary work of tutors and students of the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course.

In 2018 we saw the release of a new book by Margaret Stevens ‘Botanical Painting with the society of Botanical artists published by Batsford Ltd.

The Society of Botanical Artists became a registered charity in 1995.