There were beautiful paintings on show by some of the world’s finest botanical artists on display at the RHS Botanical Art Show from 27–28 February 2015.
Having broken away from the RHS Orchid Show to become a stand-alone event this show, now in its sixth year celebrates the beauty, technical artistry and scientific importance of botanical art.
The show featured work by first-time exhibitors and experienced artists from countries as far away as Thailand, Japan and Australia, all hoping to win a coveted Gold Medal. There were works in graphite, watercolour and pencil, gouache and acrylic, with subjects ranging from trees and fruit to vegetables and wild plants. There was an opportunity for visitors to talk to the artists about their work and get tips and advice.
See a list of Botanical Artists from the 2015 show (75kB pdf)
Pop Up Botanical Art Fair
Visitors inspired by the botanical art on display were able to take their interest even further by browsing the Botanical Art Fair where there were demonstrations by award-winning artists Julia Trickey and Susan Christopher-Coulson, giving an insight into painting processes. Print-maker Hannah McVicar demonstrated her craft, and created a unique print for sale at the show, and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art also ran taster sessions for those who want to have a go themselves.
See more information on the Pop Up Botanical Art Fair exhibitors (78kB pdf)
Visitors could buy a variety of art products and talk to representatives from florilegia societies and botanical art and illustration societies about their work and courses. There was also a chance to buy a range of RHS gardening and gift products, bringing an authentic RHS shopping experience to central London.
RHS Lindley Library Tours
Special tours of the RHS Lindley Library allowed visitors to view works including books and botanical art dating from 1700 to the present day, along with a selection of new acquisitions that had been recently added to the impressive RHS collections. Places were limited to 12 per tour and lasted around 45 minutes: these were scheduled to take place at 2pm and 3pm on Friday and Saturday.
Visitors could also browse a comprehensive rage of botanical art books, meet library staff and find out about art groups in their local area from a special pop-up RHS Lindley Library.