The application process is open for the £10,000 Botanical Art Prize, awarded biennially by the Finnis Scott Foundation. The Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize is intended to support and promote collaborative botanical art projects in the UK and Ireland. The prize is awarded biennially. It is aimed at groups and organisations which go beyond their day- to-day activities and recognises those which have helped to raise the profile of botanical art.
Projects might include: a new education programme, the development of an existing course, an exhibition, publication, event or collaborative project. Eligible for the £10,000 prize are UK and Irish regional and national botanical art societies, florilegium groups, independent courses, and other community organisations which teach or promote botanical art.
The winners in 2022 were the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. They have used the money to provide tutor-led weekend courses in Scotland. Kathy Munro, SSBA Chairperson, commented: ‘Winning the Botanical Art Prize has enabled our small charity to share our love of botanical art with budding and more experienced artists across the north and south of Scotland, who don’t have easy access to training courses. We wouldn’t have been able to take on this significant project to promote botanical art in Scotland without the incredible support of the Finnis Scott Foundation.’
Ursula Wide, Chairman of the Finnis Scott Foundation said: ‘This is just the kind of community-based project that we believe deserves recognition and support.
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Timeline: The deadline for applications is 31 January 2024 and the winner will be announced in April 2024.
2018 – Sir Cedric Morris Florilegium
2020 – Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration 2022 – Scottish Society of Botanical Artists.
The Finnis Scott Foundation was established in 2008 and gives grants to a wide range of horticultural and art historical projects.