Monday, January 23, 2012

Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2012: Call for Entries

The Society of Botanical Artists is to be congratulated on having an informative and accessible "how to" webpage for those wanting to submit to artwork to its Annual Exhibition and/or become a member.  It's not something which I find on the website of every art society.

The purpose of this post is to remind me - and others - that the deadline for entries to the 2012 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists is 27 February 2012 

Below I highlight the key points for those wanting to enter the Exhibition.  At the end I provide links to previous posts on this blog which include images so you can see the type and quality of work to aspire to.

Tomorrow I'll be summarising how botanical artists can become members of the Society of Botanical Artists

Society of Botanical Artists - Annual Exhibition 2012

How to enter the Exhibition

The exhibition information sheet for 2012 is downloadable as a PDF file here.

Who can submit work

Artists living all over the world submit work to this Exhibition - and are exhibited.  Many is the time I have taken a photo for somebody who lives thousands of miles away.  (If your work is accepted please do get in touch if you'd like your work photographed in the exhibition).

What sort of work can be entered?

  • Eligible work: pictures, sculpture, miniature work, glass engraving, ceramics, jewellery, carving, metal-work
  • Eligible Media: watercolour, pencil, coloured pencils, pastel, oil gouache, mixed media etc  (photography and digital works are not eligible for the time being)
  • Subjects: may be life-size, reduced or enlarged.  Traditional botanical illustration and plant portraiture; works reflecting habitat and environment. (DNA research has revealed that fungi have no biological connection with the plant kingdom but the historical associations mean that the SBA has decided to continue to show works about fungi separately in the show.)
  • Originality: all work must be original and executed by the artist who signs the submission form. Copies of any work by any other artists, living or dead, could result in prosecution. 
  • Size of subject: subject matter may be life-size, reduced or enlarged
  • Size of work
    • maximum size of work of 48" on longest length
    • multiple works intended to hang together must not exceed 48" assuming a 1" gap between hung work
    • size constraints for miniatures are 7" x 5" for miniature paintings; 
    • Sculpture 8" in any dimension.
  • Number of works
    • Up to five works - ALL must be subject to selection and for sale
    • Non members seeking associate membership must submit five works
    • a maximum of four works by non members will be hung

Part of the "The World of Plants" - SBA Annual Exhibition 2011
What is the artist responsible for?

The artist is responsible for:
  • copyright of the artwork - all work must be the original work of the artist
  • the payment of any importation charges or duties
  • all payment of VAT if the artist is liable and registered
  • making sure those delivering the artwork do so on the right day and at the right time
  • arranging for the unpacking of artwork on delivery and packing of work on collection
  • insurance of the artwork in transit and during the exhibition
  • distribution of private view invitations to their collectors
Part of the "The World of Plants" - SBA Annual Exhibition 2011
Receiving Day

The entry schedule is four-part self-carbonised, only available from the Executive Secretary by post. 

To receive the exhibition entry schedule please send a stamped, addressed envelope to Pamela Henderson, Executive Secretary SBA; Tel: 01747 825718 Email: info[at]
Framed and labelled artwork and sculpture needs to be brought to the basement of Westminster Central Hall together with your entry form and submission fees.
  • Receiving day is 27 February 2012 - at the Aldersgate Room in the basement of Westminster Central Hall. 
    • The nearest undergound stations are Westminster and St James Park
    • There is a car park in Abingdon Square and metred parking - however this is a very busy part of London for parking and you may find no places available so should not assume you can park nearby.  Unloading may be possible outside the Hall for very brief period but this is dependent on the traffic warden.  If coming from outside London it's probably better to park on the outskirts of London and catch a tube for the rest of the journey.
    • You need to bring your completed exhibition schedule (entry form), artworks and a cheque or cash for the submission fees.
  • Postal submissions: The Society does not accept works by post or carriage - however works submitted via a carrier/courier and arriving on the receiving day ONLY will be accepted. Couriers are expected to unpack the work.  Works can be submitted by overseas artists in advance if being sent for framing in the UK
The Exhibition

The Annual Exhibition continues at its normal venue of Westminster Central Hall, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH.  The exhibition will be held in the very spacious basement which worked so well last year.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to the public from 20 – 29 April 2012 (from 11am to 5pm including Sundays)

2011 exhibition

2009 exhibition
2008 Exhibition
2007 Exhibition

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