Exhibiting at RHS Shows

botanical art show

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 July Submission Selection Meeting to be eligible to apply for space to display work at an RHS Show in 2018. 

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

Artwork deadlines

The annual Submission Selection Meeting will be held on 6 July 2017. Submissions can be delivered to the Lindley Library between 5-23 June 2017 (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm), by prior appointment. 
Please contact the Picture Panel Secretary before sending any work.

Submissions may then be collected between 17-28 July 2017 (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm), by prior appointment.

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. 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 art works 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 art works within the UK, it is strongly recommended that they be 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)

NEW Dates for 2018:

  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival May 2018, Thursday 10- Sunday 13 May 2018
  • RHS Summer Garden, Art & Photography Show featuring the RHS London Botanical Art Show Preview Tuesday 10 July, Wednesday 11-Thursday 12 July 2018

Contact us

Submission enquiries:
RHS Lindley Library, 020 7821 3050, picturecommittee@rhs.org.uk

Show enquiries:
Shows Department, 020 3176 5800, exhibitorapplications@rhs.org.uk

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