Six weeks till showtime

We’re currently working on the RHS London Botanical Art Show, now in its sixth year and promising to be more exciting than ever

Denver Botanic GardenThe show always attracts artists from across the globe – this year we have artists from as far away as Japan, Thailand and Australia – so it’s easy to overlook just how significant this is. It was brought home to me in December, when I went to the USA as the guest of the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Alongside the judged artwork there will a botanical art fair running so visitors will have plenty of opportunity to try their own hand at painting and to watch artists at work.

As well as seeing images from the RHS Art Collections, graduating students from the 2014 Botanical Illustration course were keen to know what they needed to do to have their work accepted by the RHS, and what judges are looking for when they award a Gold Medal.
Before I left I overhead students discussing how they might split the work and costs of mounting a display 5000 miles from home! Since participating artists meet their own costs, it was really gratifying to hear such enthusiasm for showing with the RHS. I predict record numbers of talented artists in the future…

Meanwhile, exhibitors at the 2015 London Botanical Art Show will be nervously putting final touches to their work. I for one can’t wait to see their finished displays!
The London Botanical Art Show is open Friday 27th – Saturday 28th February, 10am – 5pm.
For information about exhibiting botanical art email

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