Orchids at Kew

The Kew Library are exhibiting the beautiful orchid paintings of Reinhild Raistrick SBA Fellow. It is timed to be on at the same time as the Orchid Festival of Madagascar orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.The entrance to the exhibition in the Library Reading Room is free. DATE AND TIMES – Tuesdays – Thursdays, 6 February to 11 April 2024, 10am to 4pm www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids-lindisfarne

Young Botanical Artist exhibition

The Young Botanical Artist Competition exhibition is now officially OPEN, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Step into the enchanting world of contemporary botanical art at the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, showcasing the incredible works of 50 talented young botanical artists from around the world. Located at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens Running from October 20, 2023, to April 7, 2024

“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. https://www.suewickison.com/…

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

Naturally Brilliant Colour

This promises to be a very exciting exhibition! Opening on 17th May at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, ‘Naturally Brilliant Colour’ offers visitors the chance to experience colour like never before! Recently scientists have discovered how to recreate Pure Structural Colour, the dazzling bright colour found on plants and insects. Botanical artist Coral Guest was then invited to create the first botanical artwork using technology to accurately reproduce the brightest colours seen in the wild.The exhibition will also explore the role of colour in the natural world, and how artists have depicted the brightest shades through the ages, as well as giving visitors an insight into how this new technology could be used in the future. For more info visit the link here: https://www.kew.org/…/naturally-brilliant-colour…

Ask an Expert

This Sunday – 1st March, there is a ‘Botanical Art Surgery’ at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, with Deborah Lambkin, who specializes in painting orchids. She’ll also be available to answer your questions and give practical advice on botanical illustration. For more info go to www.kew.org