Open call for entries in botanical exhibition, Twickenham

We received the invitation below to submit work for an upcoming exhibition, and would like to share it with our members.


Botanical Beauty: Botanical art open (25 February – 1 April 2017)


Deadline for submissions: Monday 2 January 2017


Submissions by post only to: Botanical Beauty, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ.


Through its annual open exhibition opportunities, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham helps artists locally and nationally to showcase their work in group exhibitions at Orleans House Gallery and Stables Gallery in Twickenham and the Riverside Gallery in Richmond.


Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, colour and details of a plant species. Although scientifically accurate, studies are often artistic and aesthetically pleasing. This tradition of marrying art with science goes back to the 6th century when the first botanical illustrations were created. The heyday of botanical art was from the 17th to the 19th century. In recent years, there has been a renaissance in this genre. This open exhibition showcases contemporary British botanical illustrations in a variety of styles.


Artists can submit up to 5 works. Artworks must be submitted as A4 good quality print outs. In addition, please save the images onto a CD or memory stick as jpeg files.


Original artwork or emailed submissions will not be accepted.


Please clearly label each submission with: artist’s name, title of work, date, media, approximate size and sale price (to include the gallery’s 40% commission + 20% VAT on the 40% commission). Please enclose contact details including email and postal address and contact telephone numbers, an artist’s statement and CV. Please complete and return the accompanying submission form.

There is a £10.00 administration charge (which contributes towards exhibition costs); £7.50 concessions (students, retired, unwaged, benefits). Please include proof. Please make cheques payable to ‘L.B.R.U.T’. You can also pay by card by calling the gallery on 020 8831 6000. Your submission will not be accepted without payment. If you would like submissions returned, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope. Successful artists will be contacted by phone or email about a week after the deadline.
Queries to curator Mark De Novellis at


Submission form (PDF): botanical-beauty-submission-form

Afternoon tea members’ event at Callander House

We had a very successful event on Saturday 15th October, when members were able to take time to meet up and discuss the exhibition while enjoying afternoon tea. There was also an opportunity to talk about upcoming exhibitions and to give suggestions for the direction and future of the Society.

Members who were unable to come along were invited to pass along their suggestions via email.

Congratulations to Sharon Fox for winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’, sponsored by Barrie Scott and Co.


Sharon Fox with her award-winning painting
Sharon Fox with her award-winning painting

Congratulations also to our members whose work was selected as highly commended:


Nicola Macartney
Anne Carlaw
Hazel Morris
Aileen Friis-Jorgensen
Aileen Friis-Jorgensen

Also, our congratulations to Kathy, whose painting was voted the best in the George Forrest category by the jury.

Kathy Munro
Kathy Munro




The SSBA is delighted to announce its first exhibition of 2016 – “A Botanical Spring Fling”.

It is to be held in the exhibition space in Cass Art at 63-67 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3BZ, from Saturday April 30th until Friday May 6th inclusive.

It will be open Saturday, Monday-Wednesday, and Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Sunday times are 11am t0 6pm.

Thursday opening times are 9am to 7pm.


Click below to download the submission form if you are planning to exhibit



Members will be contacted soon with further details, but please make a note of the dates in the meantime.

Upcoming AGM – 19th March 2016

1st Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA), 

Saturday 19th March 2016 at 1.30pm

Members are invited to attend.

The AGM will be held on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 1.30 pm and will take place at the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW.  The agenda, summary of accounts, proxy form and voting papers will be posted to members at the end of February 2016.


Nature’s Bounty exhibition

Our Hamilton exhibition “Nature’s Bounty” was opened by Keith Donnelly, a local Arts Development Officers, at a most enjoyable preview, which was attended by members and friends from far and wide.
The works on display attracted some very favourable comments, as did the exhibition space itself.
The variety of subject matter, the quality and detailed study of leaf and flower, fungi, fruit, and seeds  all contributed to the overall excellence of the exhibition. The skill with which the artists applied the paint and observed the detail of the plants was the subject of much admiration.
Visitors came from as far afield as Cumbria, Edinburgh, Fife and Stirling and seemed to enjoy chatting to the artists in residence – in all it was a most successful show. IMG_6767

Inaugural exhibition – New Beginnings at Doors Open

Having been offered a handsome room in a prestigious listed building by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (@SHBT), we held our first exhibition during the Doors Open Day at the Glasite Meeting House, Edinburgh.

With fine examples of flowers and plants from eighteen artists showing twenty-six paintings, the exhibition proved successful with many visitors remarking on the quality and skill of the work.


Thanks to all on the Exhibitions Committee for their hard work in making this a fantastic start for the Society, and to Jared Earle (@jearle) for the photography.

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