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 Presidents select and work 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 St.Cuthberts Mill, Faber Castell, Williams of Cowleys, Katherine Tyrrell of Making a Mark and Vintage Paper Co. for their awards and also the anonymous donor who funds the People’s Choice.