The Plant Review, the RHS’s quarterly publication devoted to garden plants, has issued a call-out to botanical artists as the search begins for its first annual artist in residence.
The prize of £1,000 and the chance to illustrate the frontispiece of all four issues of the magazine in 2024 will be awarded to the winner of a competition that was launched at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show in June.
Open to amateurs and professionals alike, entries will be assessed by a panel of judges from the worlds of publishing and botanical art who will be looking for submissions showing not only botanical accuracy but something of a plant’s character. Announcing the competition, editor of The Plant Review, James Armitage, said: ‘In The Plant Review we aim to entice and beguile, to make people fall in love with the spirit of the plants we feature as much as with their appearance, and induce in readers a fervour to possess and grow them. To achieve that through art, rather than words, is the challenge we present with this competition.’
If you would like to enter, visit www.rhs.org.uk/competitions/artist-in-residence-competition for competition regulations, guidelines and judging criteria, and to see examples of frontispieces from previous issues of The Plant Review. Entries need to be submitted as jpeg images of the artwork, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am on 2 October 2023. The winner will be chosen by 1 November 2023.