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RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show 2021 Winners Announced

The winners of the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show have been unveiled as the show makes its return to the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.  
 

Featuring more than 200 pieces, 2021’s show, which opens to the public today, includes an array of intricate and scientifically accurate botanical illustrations by 15 artists and portfolio collections from 19 photographers. The works on display competed to be awarded an RHS Medal – Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze and a ‘best in show’ award - Best Botanical Painting, Best Botanical Artwork, Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit, Judges Special Award.

Award-winning exhibits in 2021 include Pauleen Trim’s Native British Deciduous Trees Featuring Galls’, Kimiko Miyahara’s ‘Endemic Plants of Japan’s Ogasawara Islands, A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site’, Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood’s ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’ and Francesca Wilkinson’s ‘Full Circle – Studies of Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium’.
Entries were judged by an expert panel and assessed based on their scientific accuracy, technical skill and aesthetic appeal.

The show compliments the work of the RHS Lindley Collections with Gold medal-winning artworks regularly added to the collections, contributing to a long legacy of botanical art collecting and display by the gardening charity.

Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator at the RHS, said:We are absolutely thrilled to see the show return with such a high standard of work. The collection of captivating illustrations and photography not only document the plants around us but celebrate the beauty of our natural world. Congratulations to all the winners and entrants for a fantastic year.”

The RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, which runs parallel to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show hosted this year for the first time in Autumn, is open to the public from 18 September to 3 October at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea. For more information visit: www.rhs.org.uk or www.saatchigallery.com and for show images contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk.
 

Notes to editors

RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show 2021 Winners:

Best in show awards: 
Best Botanical Art Exhibit: Kimiko Miyahara ENDEMIC PLANTS OF JAPAN'S OGASAWARA ISLANDS, A UNESCO NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Best Botanical Artwork: Pauleen Trim FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR (ASH TREE)
Judges’ Special Award: Yasue Sakai WILD PLANTS WITH BERRIES IN MY FAVOURITE COLOUR
Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit 2020: Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN
Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit 2021: Anne MacIntyre – AGING ANEMONES

Illustration
Gold:            
Pauleen Trim NATIVE BRITISH DECIDUOUS TREES FEATURING GALLS
Kimiko Miyahara ENDEMIC PLANTS OF JAPAN'S OGASAWARA ISLANDS, A UNESCO NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Francesca Ross TOMATOES: FLOWER AND FRUIT DEVELOPMENT
Toni Dade POMEGRANATE Punica Granatum
Mariko Aikawa TILLANDSIA

Silver-Gilt:
Guy William Eves FOR THE LOVE OF FERNS
Yasue Sakai WILD PLANTS WITH BERRIES IN MY FAVOURITE COLOUR
Fran Thomas CLADONIA LICHENS OF THE BLACK WOOD OF RANNOCH
Jarnie Godwin ECHINACEA: LIFE THROUGH COLOUR
Ros Franklin GENUS ASARUM (Aristolochiaceae)
Hideko Kamoshita ARACEAE
Bernard F Carter GREEN FLASH, Tulipa (Liliaceae)

Silver:
Patricia Luppino A LATE WALK – AROMATIC ASTER ‘OCTOBER SKIES’
Mark Isaac-Williams ORCHID SPECIES OF ASIA

Photography
Gold:
Francesca Wilkinson FULL CIRCLE – STUDIES OF CYCLAMEN COUM AND CYCLAMEN HEDERIFOLIUM
Jo de Banzie TENDER. LOVE LETTERS FROM THE GARDEN
Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN

Silver-Gilt:
Gill Moon THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Lindsey Harris THE UK’S MOST POISONOUS PLANTS
Anne McIntyre AGEING ANEMONES
Catherine Bullen THE LOCKDOWN GARDEN
Christine Adams BONSAI GRACE
Fran Black MARRAM GRASS
Konrad Cox NEW FOREST 360

Silver:                    
Emilija Petrauskiene SILVER HERBARIUM OF MEDICINAL PLANTS
Roger Crocombe ARPS WOODLAND IMPRESSIONS
Sam Vale A TYPOLOGY OF BRITISH CHERRY BLOSSOM
Julie Cowdy FRUITS OF THE EARTH
Steve Le Grys THE OVERLOOKED BEAUTY OF OUR HEDGEROWS
 
Bronze:
Emma Robinson TWELVE MONTHS PASSING
Molly Holman HYDRANGEA MACROPHYLLA
Dianne Giles AUTUMN AT ROSEMOOR
Kevin Dutton TULIPS

DATES AND OPENING HOURS

Open to the public: 18th September – 3rd October 2021 10am – 6pm Wednesday - Sunday (last admission 5.00pm)
Winners announced: Friday 17th September

TICKETS
www.saatchigallery.com/rhstickets

ADMISSION
£5, concessions available; under 10s go free (T&Cs apply); Saatchi Gallery & RHS Members go free. Discounted tickets available for group tickets to JR: Chronicles.

ORGANISATION
The RHS Botanical Art 2021 judging panel secretary is Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator at RHS Lindley Library and the RHS Photographic Competition judging panel secretary Sian Tyrrell, Head of Horticultural Information.

EXHIBITION SUPPORTER
Riverstone, delivering exceptional London living for people over 65, and distillery Glenmorangie,  are proud to support the 2021 RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show in partnership with Saatchi Gallery.

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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SCHOOL VISITS & COMMUNITY GROUPS
With the generous support of all our patrons, for each major exhibition there are opportunities to engage with creative projects and workshops whether that be in-gallery, virtually, in the classroom or at home. education@saatchigallery.com I +44(0)20 7811 3087

SAFETY MEASURES The health and safety of visitors and staff is paramount. Safety measures for visitors can be found on the Saatchi Gallery website: www.saatchigallery.com/visit/covid-19-compliance

ABOUT ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (RHS)
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach, and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit: www.rhs.org.uk

ABOUT RIVERSTONE
Riverstone has launched its first two prime London developments in the vibrant enclaves of Kensington and Fulham. Designed with a choice of lifestyle options and community in mind, quality of life and well-being sits at the heart of the Riverstone experience. To learn more about Riverstone Kensington visit: https://www.riverstoneliving.com/our-locations/riverstone-kensington

ABOUT GLENMORANGIE
Glenmorangie’s whisky makers use endless imagination and five key ingredients – wood, water, barley, yeast and time – to dream up delicious single malt whiskies. They’ve been honing their craft for more than 175 years. They create a delicate and fruity spirit in stills as tall as an adult giraffe to allow for more taste and aroma. Led by Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, this crackerjack crew are on a mission to bring new flavours and possibilities to the world of single malt. To learn more about Glenmorangie visit: https://www.glenmorangie.com/en-gb

ABOUT SAATCHI GALLERY
Since 1985, Saatchi Gallery has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art. Exhibitions have presented works by largely unseen young artists, or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This approach has made the Gallery one of the most recognised names in contemporary art. Since moving to its current 70,000 square feet space in the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, London, the Gallery has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The Gallery hosts over 5,000 schools visits annually and has over 6 million followers on social media. In 2019 Saatchi Gallery became a charity, beginning a new chapter in its history. www.saatchigallery.com

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