Course 18 Graduation

On Friday the 19th May, the DLDC celebrated the graduation ceremony for Course 18. Congratulations to all the students for completing their journey through the course. There were 48 diplomas awarded, 22 of which were distinctions. We had a lovely evening at the Mary Ward rooms in Russell Square, London where the graduates were presented with their diplomas and some were awarded with prizes too. Many of the diploma pieces were on show at the SBA’s exhibition Plantae 23 at the Mall Galleries. Here are a few photos of the evening and some of the wonderful student work on display.


Congratulations to SBA Fellow Florence Gendre whose first solo exhibition opened on May 6th in Gimont, France. “My passion for drawing and plants… A work of research and intimacy with flowers, seeds, and trees. A selection of botanical watercolors, graphite pencil illustrations and excerpts from sketchbooks made during my travels are presented. The expression of a magnified nature where I like to play with the scales of reproduction. Through a set of naturalistic drawings, you will be able to learn about the plants of the Ennedi desert in Chad. Also on display will be the plates from the book “Letters to Trees” published by Élytis and Transboréal. An exploration into the world of plants to discover, like a bucolic stroll. I will be present on… Read more

2023 Shirley Sherwood Award

This year, the recipient of the 2023 Shirley Sherwood Award for Botanical Art is… Australian artist Beverly Allen. ⁠ Every year, Dr Shirley Sherwood presents an award of £10,000 and a dedicated space in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery to an artist who has greatly contributed to the field of contemporary botanical art. Beverly is a spectacular artist with bold and confident compositions. Full of clarity, vivid colour and stunning detail, her paintings beautifully capture the splendour of the natural world and have earned her both the RHS – Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal and the inaugural Gold Medal for Botanical Art by the New York Botanical Garden. Congratulations go to Beverley.

“Plants of the Qur’ān”

Congratulations to Sue Wickison whose amazing exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew opened on Saturday. From a tiny mustard seed to the majestic date palm, the exhibition showcases paintings from the book “Plants of the Qur’ān” which is due to be released in May. Sue will be giving a talk about her new book to the SBA members in summer.…

Ellas ilustran botánica

We are delighted to see that the exhibition ” ” (They illustrate botany) has travelled to the beautiful location of San Sebastian in Spain, opening March 24th at Fundación Cristina Enea de San Sebastián. This exciting exhibition highlights the work of women botanical scientific illustrators from the 17th century to the present, revealing the relationships between art, science and gender. The exhibition values the number of women who have been involved in the processes of disseminating science thanks to the presentation of more than two hundred reproductions of botanical works in different formats such as drawings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, paintings and books. The study of these images constitutes an interesting source of documentation to understand how illustration techniques have evolved in parallel to the history… Read more