Exhibiting at RHS Shows

Botanical illustration emphasises the depiction of accurate botanical information with aesthetic appeal and should document the anatomical and functional aspect of a plant throughout its lifecycle. Artists are strongly advised to paint from living plant specimens and to make use of photographs for reference only.

Artists, either individuals or groups that have not previously exhibited at an RHS Show, must first submit a sample of four pieces of work to the RHS Picture Panel for assessment and approval at the May Submission Selection Meeting to be eligible to apply for space to display work at an RHS Show in 2020. 

A very high standard of work is expected when exhibiting botanical illustration at an RHS Show.

Artwork deadlines

Artists may submit their works to the Lindley Library between Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 2 May. Please note the library is open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm (except bank holidays).

Please contact the Picture Panel Secretary before sending any work.

The next Submission Selection Meeting is on Thursday 9 May 2019.

Artwork submissions

  • Four original examples of botanical illustration mounted but not framed, should be sent to the Picture Panel Secretary before the selection meeting. Artists from overseas should send actual-size unmounted prints of their work (not originals). Rolled in a poster tube. Prints cannot be returned.
  • Each piece should be labelled with the artist’s name and address, and the subject of the drawing. These works do not need to be on a theme.
  • Group exhibitors should ensure that one piece from each artist is submitted.
  • Delivery - While every effort will be taken to ensure the safekeeping of your work, it is recommended that you hand deliver and collect your artworks from the Lindley Library Art Collections, by appointment with the Picture Panel Secretary. If, however, you are unable to do so please make alternative arrangements with the Picture Panel Secretary. If posting your artworks within the UK, it is strongly recommended that they are sent 'Special Delivery' or by art courier. The RHS cannot take responsibility for the condition of artworks posted or couriered.
  • Botanical Illustration Exhibitor Factsheet (557kB pdf)

Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary

Funding is available to help support artists with the costs of staging an exhibit at one of the RHS Shows, or towards the costs of travelling to paint plants in their natural habitat.

For more information and to apply see Apply for an RHS Bursary

New Dates for 2019

•    RHS London Art & Photography Show (Late event Tuesday 23 July 2019), Wednesday 24–Thursday 25 July 2019


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