Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA)

The society was formed on the 18th June 2014 by a group of enthusiastic botanical artists from a variety of backgrounds with the aim of creating a botanical art society in Scotland that would be open to all.

The SSBA, as a Registered Charity (SC045778), is dedicated to nurturing and promoting botanical art, while respecting its traditions.

We aim to provide a forum to share and disseminate knowledge and expertise in all aspects of botanical art; encouraging a high standard of artistic achievement and providing a platform for the exhibition of botanical art in Scotland.




Taking inspiration from our ‘bonus time’ spent in gardens last year, our sixth annual exhibition will be held at the historic Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh,  2nd to 26th June 2021.

It will highlight fresh original work from our talented artist members.

At this time, we do not know if it will be possible to view the exhibition in person, but it will be available online, see

An update on visiting will be available from the SSBA and the Scottish Arts Club closer to the date.

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 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

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


AS a Charity THe SSBA is solely funded by money raised through membership and exhibitions, if you would like to donate to us please use the following forms :

Gift Aid Declaration (Pdf)

Gift Aid Declaration (Doc)

Our grateful thanks to Barrie Scott and Co. Greyfriars Art and to Giclee UK for their ongoing support.