Call to Artists

Artworks of native Scottish plants for Flora Scotia, Scotland’s contribution to a worldwide exhibition of contemporary botanical art, Botanical Art Worldwide, have now been selected, and the artists have been informed.

We have had a phenomenal response, with botanical artists from all over Scotland taking part to create some magnificent artworks of Scottish native plants. We would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of time, skill, research, care, thought and love that artists have put into the creation of their works and thank everyone who has participated so far for their engagement with the project.

The exhibition has been selected by a prestigious team of professional artists and scientists. Digital images of the paintings have been assessed according to three main criteria: scientific accuracy, aesthetic quality and artistic proficiency. The selectors gave particular consideration to paintings depicting Scottish endemic plants or plants that are vulnerable or endangered.

Artists have been informed by email of selection decisions.  An artist who has work accepted for exhibition must undertake to deliver their work to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  on 8th – 12th January 2018 inclusive.

Dates of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be held at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh between 31st March and 3rd June 2018, with special events over the course of the exhibition in collaboration with artists in other countries. There will be an opening event on 31st March, and another on 18th May to celebrate the World Day of Botanical Art.

Exhibition Space, John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Artists’ work may be offered for sale, but must stay on the wall till the end of the
exhibition. The venue will request a 30% commission on sales.

Hanging Rights

Selected work must be professionally presented per specific exhibition requirements.  Selectors retain the right to refuse to hang any work where the quality of the artwork differs greatly from that represented by the submission materials or which does not conform to the specified materials.

While copyright of all works of art belongs to and remains with the artist, SBAC would like to use accepted artists’ images to create a catalogue of the exhibition, and to publicise the exhibition and related events.