'Tulip 'Foxy Foxtrot' by Louise Lane

Timetable of the day's events - 12 July 2018

Morning - 10.30am–12.15pm

The morning session will consist of a series of talks on the history and practice of botanical art. Speakers include RHS Art Curator Charlotte Brooks, Botanist Dr James Compton and RHS Gold medal-winning artist Masumi Yamanaka.

Afternoon - 1.15pm–5pm

During the afternoon session, visitors will have the chance to watch master-class demonstrations by four botanical artists, and take a tour of RHS Lindley Library.

Tickets include entrance to the RHS London Plant & Art Fair, featuring RHS judged botanical art by more than 40 artists.

Evening - 6pm–7.30pm

There will be an evening drinks reception in the RHS Lindley Library, which will provide an opportunity to meet artist demonstrators and exhibitors, alongside Lindley Library staff and London show curators.

This event is now fully booked
There are still tickets available for the RHS London Plant & Art Fair

'Lime' by Sarah Gould'Cherry' by Sarah Gould'Fig' by Sarah Gould


Charlotte Brooks

Charlotte will be introducing a history of botanical art. Based in the RHS Lindley Library, Charlotte has been the Art Curator at the RHS for over 10 years and manages more than 30,000 original botanical illustrations dating back nearly 400 years. Find out more about the RHS Libraries Art Collection.

Dr James Compton

James will be discussing the significance of botanical art from the perspective of a botanist. After working as the Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1984–1989, he completed a PhD on the reclassification of the genus Cimicifuga within Actaea at the University of Reading and spent a further 10 years researching the genus Cyclamen. James has previously worked as a freelance Garden Advisor Consultant, is a fellow of the Linnean Societ FLS, and has been an advisor for Gardens Illustrated and the RHS Committee of Nomenclature and Taxonomy since the early 1990s.

Masumi Yamanaka

Masumi will be talking about her time as a botanical artist at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and discussing Japanese Botanical Art. Born in Japan, Masumi studied under Pandora Sellers and has illustrated a number of monographs and contributed to a significant number of illustrations for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. Masumi’s work has been part of a number of exhibitions and she has won many awards including an RHS Gold medal for her illustration of Aesculus indica ‘Sydney Pearce’ in 2010. Masumi is the Japanese Exhibitor Coordinator at RBG Kew and has been a freelance artist in the Herbarium since 2007.

'Beetroot, Beta vulgaris' by Bridget Gillespie'Amazonica bud' by Lucy Smith'Fern' by Louise Lane

Demonstrators: Botanical artists

Louise Lane

Louise will be demonstrating her technique using botanical pencil and watercolour. Growing up in the inspiring landscape of the Peak District, Louise now lives and works as a botanical artist in Sheffield. She has a BA Hons in Graphic Design and Illustration and has previously worked as a children’s book illustrator and lectured on the Botanical Art Certificate course at Sheffield Hallam University. Louise was awarded an RHS Gold medal in 2014 for her Ophrys of Menorca collection and her series of drawings on Native Ferns of the Peak District.

Bridget Gillespie

Bridget will be demonstrating painting fruits and vegetables in watercolour. After gaining her degree in Graphic Design, Bridget worked in general graphics until gradually moving towards specialising in botanical work. She teaches Botanical Illustration and has worked with Helmsley Walled Gardens, painting 50 varieties of fruit for The Northern Pomona Apples for Cool Climate, published by Pomona Publications, with the profits going to Helmsley Walled Gardens. Bridget has won three RHS Gold medals, for her paintings of Plums in 2002, her Pear paintings in 2008 and her collection on the life cycle of Root vegetables in 2017. Her depiction of beetroot from this collection also won Best Painting in Show.

Sarah Gould

Sarah will be demonstrating her technique for botanical painting on vellum. After studying Botanical Illustration under Anne Marie Evans, Sarah joined the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators and the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society in 1990 and 1996 respectively. She began working on calfskin vellum in 1991 and has been teaching workshops and short courses in this technique at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and Chelsea Physic Garden among others, since 2001. Sarah was awarded two RHS Silver-Gilt medals in 2000 and 2002 for her paintings of fruit and exotic fruit on vellum.

Lucy Smith

Lucy will be demonstrating using pen and ink at the seminar. Born in Australia, she now works as a freelance Botanical artist in London. She has produced hundreds of illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and has worked on many plant families including giant Victoria waterlilies. Lucy has been awarded two RHS Gold medals and the Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration from the Linnean Society among others. Lucy teaches Botanical Illustration at Kew, the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and runs workshops for Chelsea Physic Gardens.

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