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Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Art

There’s still time to apply for the Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Art, the nominations are open until the 30th of September.   The Award is for a botanical artist for outstanding, diagnostically relevant, published illustrations. As well as the recognition, the winner receives a medal and £1,000 prize.   The nominations are open until 30 September and we accept nominations from everyone – they do not need to be a member of the Linnean Society. More information is available on our website, and questions can be sent to us at nominations@linnean.org.

Celebrating Nature at Weston Park

The Birmingham Society of Botanical artists has a show on at the moment in Weston Park. Overall, in this exhibition, we aim to show the breadth and awe of the natural world through the ancient art of portraying plants. This began (and continues today) for medicinal and scientific purposes but also to showcase the beauty that nature brings to our lives. Pictures allow us to study these wonders and share them, so is a way of bringing nature more to our attention and into our homes. The event is on at Weston Park, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE. The Granary Art Gallery is open daily 11am – 4pm and is free to enter.

Bees, Bugs, Birds and Botanicals

Coming up at Phoenix Park in Dublin is an exhibition that celebrates biodiversity in all its glory. Shevaun Doherty Co-President SBA, Sue Van Coppenhagen and Nayana Sandur are putting on an exhibition called “Bees, Bugs, Birds and Botanicals”. It will run from the 20th of September to the 3rd of October at the Visitor Centre of Phoenix Park. On Saturday 24th, you can “Meet the Artists” from 11 until 5 so a treat is in store if you’re in Dublin.

Flora of Southeast Asia

The artists have now been chosen for the Flora of Southeast Asia exhibition organised by the Botanical Art Society of Singapore. It will be at the Singapore Botanical Gardens starting in November this year and open over winter. There are a few Fellow artists from the SBA that have been chosen including Deborah Montgomerie, Henny Herawati, Icka Gavrilla, and Sunanda Verma Widel. There are a few DLDC graduates also including Waiwai Hove, and Angelina Cheong. Congratulations to all, it looks like it will be a wonderful show.

Wildflowers of North America

A new book is soon to be released in October by Prestel Publishing. The book features over 250 reproductions of Mary Vaux Walcott’s botanical watercolours. Mary (1860-1940) was an American artist and naturalist, who has been called the “Audubon of Botany.” Overlooked whilst she was alive, Wild Flowers of North America is a much-needed testament to the dedication and talent of Walcott and our hope is that it will inspire a whole new generation of botanical illustrators! The Press Release – Wild Flowers of North America (UK)