As a result of restrictions caused by Covid-19, we have decided to cancel the Botanical Art Selection Meeting for 2020. All artists who were eligible to exhibit art at RHS Shows will have their eligibility automatically extended by one year and all artists that were invited to exhibit in 2020 will be invited to exhibit in 2021.

The RHS Lindley Library is closed until further notice. Please DO NOT send artworks to the Lindley Library on a speculative basis. We are working to secure a venue and date for the 2021 London Botanical Art Show and we will publish information as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For the latest information on our Shows and Gardens, and Covid-19, read more

Exhibiting at RHS Shows

Any exhibitors that were due to exhibit at the Botanical Art and Photography Show in 2020 will be contacted in due course regarding exhibiting in 2021. Please contact the library if you have any questions. We have a skeleton team in place at the moment so unfortunately enquiries may take longer to answer than normal. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Botanical illustration emphasises the depiction of accurate botanical information with aesthetic appeal and should document the anatomical and functional aspect of a plant throughout its lifecycle. Artists are strongly advised to paint from living plant specimens and to make use of photographs for reference only.

Artists, either individuals or groups that have not previously exhibited at an RHS Show, must first submit a sample of four pieces of work to the RHS Picture Panel for assessment and approval at the Submission Selection Meeting to be eligible to apply for space to display work at an RHS Show. Further information regarding the 2020 Selection Meeting will be available in due course.

Botanical Illustration Exhibitor Factsheet (1.3MB pdf)

Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary

Funding is available to help support artists with the costs of staging an exhibit at one of the RHS Shows, or towards the costs of travelling to paint plants in their natural habitat.

For more information and to apply, see our apply for an RHS Bursary page.


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