Acrylic painting workshop

Paint Botanical Art with Acrylics

Camellia, acrylic painting by Paul Jones

If you’re interested in learning more, join us at the one-day acrylics workshop in October, led by renowned artist Margaret Walty.

Only twelve places available, and seven are already booked, so don’t delay.

Booking: contact

Date: Sunday October 7th 2018

Venue: Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret Drive, Musselburgh EH21 6UU

Cost: £50 per member, £60 non member

Events and talks at The Botanic Cottage

A series of free events and talks to be held in the Professor’s Room, Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Places must be reserved (see below).


Cottage and flowers1. The Botanic Cottage, Jane Corrie and Gerry Gallacher
Thursday 15 March 2-4 pm

2. Nepal, Jacqui Pestell MBE
Thursday 17 May 5-7.30 pm. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the garden beside the Cottage.

3. Art in Nature, George Anderson
Thursday 20th September 2-4 pm.

4. Curtis Botanical Magazine, Sharon Bradley
Thursday 8th November 2-4 pm.

5. SSBA members’ Christmas Party
Thursday 6th December 5-7.30 pm. Catering provided. 

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Jackson’s botanical illustration open competition

We thought our members might be interested in this new competition, although the deadlines are rather close!


Jackson’s (the art supply website) are celebrating Botanical Artists by running a free, international, digital competition: ‘Plant Life: Botanical Illustration’. They are offering the 3 winners watercolour prizes worth a total of £300 RRP, donated by Winsor & Newton, along with promotion across their 9 social media channels and blog which has a readership of over 50,000 people a month.

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The SSBA’s Second Annual Exhibition – ‘The Colours of Nature’ opens at the Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum,  Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, on Saturday 3rd September till Sunday 22nd October.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 – 17.00, Sunday 14.00 -17.00

Closed Monday

Free admission

Once again this year, a prize of £50 will be awarded at the Preview to the winner of the picture deemed ‘Best in Show’ by a panel of three expert judges.  In addition, the visiting public will also be able to vote for their favourite picture for the People’s Choice Award

Visitors can vote for their favourite picture from the Preview opening on Saturday 2nd September, till Saturday 7th October, when the winner will be announced at the SSBA’s ‘Afternoon Tea Event’, and the prize awarded.

We are very grateful to Barrie Scott and Co. (Chartered Accountants) of Falkirk for sponsoring this extremely popular award.


We also have two Meet the Artists days, on Saturday 9th and Saturday 23rd September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.(11.00 – 15.00) when two exhibiting artists will be on hand to talk to visitors about the paintings in the exhibition, and explain and demonstrate some of the painting techniques used in botanical art.  Visitors will also be able to see the paints, brushes, paper and other equipment used in our art, as well as view a painting ‘in progress’.

We also hope to be able to have a special ‘Autumn Leaves’ event for children on Saturday 21st October, when children can come along to the Gallery and Museum, learn how leaves change colour from green to the wonderful autumn hues, and have the opportunity to draw and colour them in, showing these amazing colours.  Information about this class will be available nearer the date, through the Gallery.


Last year’s ‘People’s Choice’ award recipient, Sharon Fox, receiving her award from Clive Scott, of Barrie Scott and Co. (Chartered Accountants)

Sharon with her winning painting, Lupinus ‘Excelsior’






What is botanical art: Needle painting with botanical theme

Botanical art ranges from very specific botanical illustration – with tightly defined style and approach, through to artistic representation of fungi, flowers, seaweeds and all things botanical. Botanical artwork using embroidery/ needle painting is one of many approaches welcomed by the SSBA. Differing styles abound from the very formal and traditional Chinese embroideries through to representations of gardens.

It would be marvellous to have examples of a wide range of media and styles in our exhibitions. Please encourage your friends, relatives and colleagues who do any forms of botanical art to join us in The Scottish Society of Botanical Art and help it achieve its aims.

Lindesay 3



Lindesay 2

Course booking information

With Fiona Strickland and Robert McNeill
Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 4pm
The Burgh Halls, Linlithgow

Deadline for booking – 10 March

Information and booking form


With Anne Carlaw and Aileen Friis-Jorgensen
Saturday 6 May 2017
10am – 4pm
The Art Room, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Deadline for booking – 7 April

Information and booking form



Painting drop-in dates for 2017

Our regular Wednesday drop-in days, hosted at the Scottish Arts Club (24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW) were a great success last year, so we’ll keep up the good tradition in 2017!

They are a great opportunity to meet fellow artists of all levels, swap tips while you work, and enjoy a good cuppa.

There is a £10 charge each day, payable on the day, and if you would like to book lunch please let either Hazel Morris (for February and March bookings) or Aileen Jorgensen (all later bookings) know well in advance by email.


8 February
8 March
12 April
10 May
14 June
12 July
13 September
11 October
8 November


2017 SSBA Exhibition Schedule

Some dates for  your calendar

5 April – 29 April 2017
2nd SSBA Spring exhibition
11am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square Edinburgh, EH1 2BW
The Scottish Arts Club will take 30% of sales income, so please take this into consideration in your pricing.
Unfortunately there are no facilities for card or print sales. Previously exhibited paintings may be entered. Hanging fees will be £10.00 for large paintings and £5.00 for small. Painting drop off 4 April 10.45 – 12.00.


2 September – 22 October 2017
“The Colours of Nature”

Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ.

Juried exhibition, further details to follow.


Information on 2018 exhibitions

We are hoping to participate in the International World Day of Botanical Art in the summer of 2018.
Our autumn exhibition will be in the Lillie Gallery, Station Road Milngavie G62 8 BZ – details to be announced later.