Updated Mentor Scheme

We’re pleased to offer our updated Mentor Scheme (previously the Buddy Scheme) to both new and existing members. We’re delighted that a number of our members have volunteered to act as a Mentor. If you’re willing to be a mentor, or would like the support of a mentor, contact me through mentor@thessba.org to ask for help or advice.

As well as support for existing members, the scheme is particularly beneficial to assist new members on joining the Society. The aim is to help them integrate into the SSBA by introducing them to an existing member they can contact directly with any questions or queries.


  • To help the new member understand the working of the society
  • To introduce them to other members
  • To assist them in applying for entry to an exhibition
  • To guide them through the scanning, printing and framing processes
  • To advise in the purchasing of art materials
  • To put them in contact with someone relevant to their question

Botanical Art/Illustration is an expanding area of expertise and those involved love sharing their passion for this field. They are usually very willing to share their knowledge and experiences and if they don’t know, they will know someone who does!

To find a Mentor you should initially contact Lyn Campbell at mentor@thessba.org.

Special offer – Half price membership for new members in 2021.

Join the SSBA in 2021: Full membership – £25.00 – Student and Friend membership – £10.00

Benefits of membership include being part of a friendly, inclusive society, annual exhibition, biannual newsletter, regular painting days, workshops, demonstrations and social events. We hope to reintroduce our normal programme as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are interested in joining please complete the membership form and start your botanical art journey with us. Click here


Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: 6th-24th October 2020

Exhibition by SSBA Member Marianne Hazlewood – Fine hair, Soft Nibs, depictions from a shady bed

An exhibition of botanical Watercolour paintings, Japanese ink paste illustrations and screen prints. All works illustrated at: www.openeyegallery.co.uk.
6th – 24th October, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Sat 11am to 4pm.

Marianne Hazlewood at the Open Eye Gallery, EdinburghVisits are by appointment only, please contact the Gallery before arrival to book a slot.
Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Phone: 0131 557 1020. Email: mail@openeyegallery.co.uk.

In accordance with Government guidelines all social distancing measures will be in place with hand sanitiser at the door upon arrival. For the safety of all the gallery respectfully asks all visitors to wear face masks.
This exhibition is also accessible online at: www.openeyegallery.co.uk.

Exhibition, Frames Gallery, Perth: 19th September to 10th October

We are expecting to have another wonderful exhibition of the work our members have done during lockdown.

This year the exhibition is at the Frames Gallery in Perth.
10 Victoria Street, Perth, Scotland, PH2 8LW
01738 631085 – info@framesgallery.co.uk

Frames Gallery operates the Own Art scheme allowing buyers to spread the cost of a purchase over 10 payments.

Saturday 19th September to Saturday 10th October 2020
Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10.30am – 5pm

Frames Gallery has now been open for several weeks and this will be their third exhibition since re-opening.

The Scottish Society of Botanical Artists has been established for only six years but has, in that short time, built a sizeable membership of extremely talented artists. Each year we have an annual exhibition and we are delighted to have picked Frames as the venue for this year. There are 21 artists with 79 works on show.The quality of the painting in these works is quite remarkable and it would be well worth paying a visit to see the work on the wall.

As usual paintings, prints and cards will be for sale. The gallery is a large space and we will be limiting numbers if necessary to maintain social distancing guidelines.

However, if you cannot manage to get to the Gallery, there will also be the opportunity to see most of the paintings on the Frames Gallery website www.framesgallery.co.uk and to purchase paintings from there.

Given the current situation we are not able to hold a private view as in the old days but some of the artists will be in the gallery from 11am on the 19th September. To avoid any possible overcrowding you can book a slot from 11am onwards. Book via Eventbrite where you can select the slot which suits you best.

Blooming Lockdown - SSBA Annual exhibition 2019

Nuntii Autumn 2019

Nuntii Autumn 2019

This quarterly newsletter goes out to all out members, and is packed full of articles new and painting days that our members can access.   We have uploaded the Autumn newsletter now that the spring one is out to show non members what the society gets up to.

Happy Reading
Nuntii Autumn 2019 – Download here


SSBA Saughton Park Painting days dates April – Dec 2020

The following dates have been BOOKED on Tuesdays for the McHattie Room at Saughton Park, Edinburgh for the remainder of 2020.

There are 18 places available for the 29 weeks that are booked and if you would like to attend please let me know.

The cost remains at £7 a day [from 10am to 3.30pm].  It is possible to book for the whole 29 weeks at a cost of £203

OR you may wish to make two payments as set out below.

Some people may wish to attend every 2nd week or mornings or afternoons only.  If it is at all possible these requests will be accommodated.

as not everyone can attend all days.

Please note, these are not ad hoc drop in painting days as there is a limited capacity, meaning you must book in advance  

2020 GROUP 2   £91

  • March 31st– 1 week
  • April 14, 21, 28 – 3 Weeks
  • May 5, 12, 19, 26 – 4 weeks
  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 5weeks

2020 GROUP 3 £112

  • Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, – 5 weeks
  • Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 – 4 weeks
  • Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 – 4 weeks
  • Dec 1, 8, 15 – 3 weeks

There are no painting Days on April 7th, or in July or August as we all need holidays!

Members Workshop: Victoria Braithwaite – Upcoming painting course in Lanarkshire

For the second year running, member Victoria Braithwaite  is providing a five-week course in Castlebank Horticultural Centre  Lanark, for the Lanark Community Development Trust. This course is suitable for all levels, and Victoria will gently guide you through creating a painting from start to finish.

Most materials are included, from paper and paint, tea and coffee to plant material from the gardens.

April: 5th, 19th, 26th
May 17th, 24th
1pm – 4pm

The cost is £90 pp.

Booking is through the Lanark Community Development Trust: email info@lanarktrust.co.uk, or telephone 01555 728 329.

Download the poster for more details: Botanical Painting Poster 2020

‘Nature’s Designs’, our Fourth Annual Exhibition

The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, is our gracious host for our biggest exhibition to date.

Over sixty-five paintings, including many new works never before exhibited, will be travelling down to beautiful Dumfries and Galloway next month. Make your plans now to visit!

From Saturday 12th October to Saturday 2nd November, Monday to Saturday, 10 – 5

Free admission

47 St Mary’s Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DU


‘Just Fritillaries’ by Ann Fraser

Member Marianne Hazlewood is exhibiting at Pittenweem 2019

Marianne Hazlewood Pittenween exhibition 2019This annual 10 day festival has been running since 1982 in this lovely fishing village on the coast of Fife. Exhibitions are held in houses, cottages, galleries and other historic venues, the festival spans 2 weekends (and the weekdays in between) in early August. It attracts well regarded artists from a wide range of visual arts. It’s a great day out!

Pittenweem Arts Festival
Venue 64, 4 West Shore

Private view 2nd August 2018  – 7- 9pm
Open  3rd – 11th August 2019 – 10am – 5pm



Members Workshop: Bill Phillips

Foxgloves in Graphite and Watercolour

Sunday 14th July 10 am – 4 pm.. £40*

Find out about these fascinating plants with botanical artist Bill Phillips. Foxgloves are poisonous but featured in folk medicine and were an important source of drugs to treat heart disease. Bill will describe the structure of foxglove flowers and how this relates to bumble bee pollination. Working from real specimens and photographs, you will develop your own composition and explore the graphite and watercolour techniques needed to produce an attractive final painting.

With Bill Phillips, RBGE Dip BI

All materials can be provided, but bring your own if you prefer.
Birnam Institute: 01350 727674

*Price includes a soup and sandwich lunch