This year the exhibition has 603 drawings and paintings in the main display and 18 miniatures and 3D works. These were selected from well over 900 entries.
The layout seems to me to be working better than last year with fewer 'skied' pictures which meant fewer problems with white outs from the lighting.
The theme this year is "In pursuit of plants" and as always it's always fascinating to see how this has been interpreted by the different artists. (Next year the theme is "Shape, Pattern and Structure" which I'm very excited about as it's all the things I like about plants!)
I'm going to focus in this post on the main prizewinners and
- give a more considered opinion of the work in the show in my post on Sunday
- highlight those who won a Certificate of Botanical Merit on Monday.
I'll also be highlighting the Tours and Demonstrations dates and members involved at the end of this post
The Exhibition is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm every day between 17 to 26 April 2015 at Westminster Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH.
But first the prizes - and this year, for the very first time, I get a mention!!
Society of Botanical Art - 2015 AwardsGardener, writer and broadcaster Matthew Biggs to open the exhibition and was very enthusiastic about the standard of work on display. He also presented the prizes.
The Joyce Cuming Presentation AwardThis is a legacy from Joyce Cuming – a sterling silver Almoner’s plate. The winner receives a certificate. It is however one of the awards which are most prized as this one also produces a list of people who were Highly Commended during the selection process.
|Gael Selwood accepting her award - the silver plate of |
The Joyce Cuming Presentation Award
|Gael Selwood holding the Joyce Cuming silver plate high above her head|
with her watercolour painting of Hydrangea macrophylla 'King George'
Those Highly Commended included the following artists (attribution is in the caption to the image)