In 2012 the Society began collaboration with de Jager bulbs; it was the express wish of Mr George Clowes to commission artists who had studied with the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course. The President selects and works with artists who graduated with distinction to produce paintings to illustrate de Jager’s catalogue cover. The bulbs are provided by de Jager and are grown by the artists so that they can work from the actual plant. We are grateful to Mr Clowes for offering our graduates this excellent opportunity to gain commercial experience, and we value his continued sponsorship.
The Society is grateful to Derwent, Great Art, Strathmore, St.Cuthberts Mill, Cass Art and Artists & Illustrators magazine for their awards and also the anonymous donor who funds the People’s Choice.