‘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


Photography Workshop

The Photography Workshop is being held on the 10th April at the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW.

Alistair Cowan who is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, is leading this workshop, and the programme, specifically designed for Botanical Artists, is set out below. Alistair won the RBGE prize for best Plant Portrait in the 2018 photography competition.

A detailed Agenda for the days can be downloaded here:  SSBA Workshop Programme

The fee for the workshop, that includes morning coffee and a two course lunch, is £50, with the day starting at 10.30 and finishing at 4.40pm.  The SAC has a very good restaurant, offering a varied daily menu including a vegetarian option.

Please bring with you whatever you normally use to photograph your art specimen: e.g. Camera and tripod if you have one, or your iPad, or other tablet, or phone.  Also please bring a flower exhibit and vase, if needed, and an example of your completed artwork, or something in progress.

To book your place on this workshop please email admin@thessba.org

Member Marianne Hazlewood showing at VAS exhibition this winter

Visual Arts Scotland – 2019 Annual Exhibition, ALIGHT

We are delighted to share that Marianne has two pieces in the current Visual Arts Scotland open exhibition ALIGHT 2019 at the Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh.
The two pieces are new ink Arisaema, continuing her series of ink shoots.
Marianne has been awarded the Open Eye Gallery award, which is a Solo exhibition in their gallery in the future.

The exhibition features a variety of paintings, drawings and print work alongside artists working in wood in association with Craft Scotland and jewellery makers and silversmiths working in innovative, ethical and sustainable practises.


26 Jan – 22 Feb 2019
Mon-Sat: 10am – 5pm,
Sun: 12pm – 5pm



Member Marianne Hazlewood showing at SSA exhibition this winter

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition

We are delighted to share that Marianne has had two of her fern paintings accepted for this prestigious exhibition. The exhibition comprises painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video and performance art featuring established and new artists based in Scotland and internationally.

Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh
23 Dec 2018 – 17 Jan 2019.
Mon-Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 12pm – 5pm
CLOSED 25 & 26 DEC
1 Jan: 12pm – 5pm

Entry: £2, SSA Members free, children and young people free


Acrylics workshop roundup

Margaret Walty demonstrating her acrylic techniques, honed over 30 years of professional practice.

Margaret’s demonstration piece, showing how she uses glazes to build up rich, complex tones.

A small group of enthusiastic painters got together at the weekend for an SSBA-organised acrylics workshop at Queen Margaret University with award winning artist member Margaret Walty as our tutor. read more…