The Lindisfarne Orchids

For the last five years, SBA Fellow Reinhild Raistrick has been recording and painting all the known orchids on Holy Island, Northumberland. The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve houses ten different species, which is remarkable for such a small island. It also has the very rare endemic Epipactis sancta, thought to be one of our rarest plants in the UK. She has spent many happy days living on the island and working ‘in the field’ to record and illustrate them. Congratulations to Reinhild as the whole set of paintings have been acquired by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and they will become part of their permanent collection after a major exhibition of the work in Bury St Edmunds at the Guildhall from 29th April to the… Read more

Young Botanical Artist Competition

The Shirley Sherwood Collection has set up a Young Botanical Artist competition. There are still a few months left until the deadline of 30 April 2023. ⁠ The theme is trees and the top prize is the chance to win up to £750 and have your work exhibited at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens from September. More information about the competition: https://shirleysherwood.com/YoungBotanicalArtist Artwork: Úrsula Romero, ‘Giant Leaf Poplar Tree’ (Populous x Canadensis), 900 x 1260, Watercolour.

New Fellows

We are delighted to welcome 41 new Fellow Members to the SBA! Our new members come from all over the world – from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Taiwan, and the USA.

Botanical Painting in Greece

Shevaun Doherty PSBA and Margaret Fitzpatrick SBAF are once again holding a botanical painting course in Greece – ‘Painting spring wildflowers and orchids’. The venue is the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel in the heart of South Pelion. The dates are 22 to 29 April 2023. The programme includes an introduction to vellum and other special techniques as well as excursions and plant and flower collecting and identification. For more information visit greek-botanical-painting-course Visit here for more information

Jacksons Art prize 2023

The Jacksons Art competition is now open for submissions. With an impressive expert judging panel, two London exhibitions, a first prize of £6000 + £1000 Jackson’s art materials, plus 15 other awards – one of which is botanical. Submissions close: Wednesday 1st March 2023 (5pm GMT) Affordable Art Fair Hampstead: 3rd – 7th May 2023 Bankside Gallery: 24th – 30th July 2023 For your information, read the press release here