11 July 2018
12 July 2018
RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD
Tickets are now on sale
From 11-12 July the RHS Plant & Art Fair will be showcasing the very best of botanical art and photography, with UK and international artists from as far afield as Australia, the USA and Japan. The show will also explore the art of the Japanese garden, with features including ikebana-inspired workshops.
What’s happening at the show?
The RHS Botanical Art Exhibition brings together artists from around the world, who enter artworks each year into a rigorous selection process. This process determines who exhibits at the show, with the added opportunity of winning a much-coveted RHS medal.
This year will see more than 40 artists exhibiting works on a variety of botanical subjects including native plants, medicinal plants, tropical plants and specific genera. See the exhibitors list (593kB pdf) for full details of artists exhibiting.
In addition to the competition artists, there will be an array of exhibitors showcasing plant-inspired design, arts and crafts. Botanical Art Worldwide will exhibit their digital slideshow of botanical artworks from six different continents, focusing on unique habitats and native plants. Interior design students from the Chelsea College of Art will showcase conceptual flower show designs in their exhibit Garden Spectacle, in collaboration with the RHS. There will also be a special exhibition of photographic light sculptures by holographic artist Rob Munday from his NATURALIUM series, in association with the Little Black Gallery.
The launch of the 2018 RHS Photographic Competition, sponsored by the Sunday Times, will be taking place at the show, featuring the winners from each competition category. This year there have been more than 10,000 entries, with photographers entering nine different categories including Pure Plants, Urban Gardening, Social Media and Portfolio. See the exhibitors list (593kB pdf) for details.
►RHS London Plant and Art Fair 2018 Awards (101kB pdf)
See the winners of the RHS Photographic Competition
Talks and demos
A programme of free talks and live demos will take place on both show days offering inspiring perspectives on summer planting and unique insights into the world of botanical art and Japanese garden design. These will include talks from horticulturist and journalist Alys Fowler, and Nick Bailey, a horticulturist and TV presenter. There will also be live portrait painting and still life painting from artist Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios. Floral artist Paul Malget will also be demonstrating the principles of Ikebana while speaking on this Japanese art form. Please see the exhibitors list (593kB pdf) for full details.
Bonsai expert and nursery owner Mark D’Cruz will create a stunning Bonsai Garden full of beautiful specimens celebrating this Japanese art form. He'll bring a specially-curated collection of small and large Bonsai from Mă-Kè Bonsai Nursery, offering inspiration to beginners and experts alike. There'll also be plenty of summer garden inspiration to take home, with seasonal plants and garden wares from leading UK nurseries and horticultural suppliers.
Zita Elze, 2018 RHS London Shows Floral Artist in Residence, will be creating an inspiring summer floral installation, with the Japanese art of origami flowing through the design. Visitors can take the opportunity to learn the techniques of Japanese flower arranging with Ikebana-inspired floristry workshops by floral designer Paul Malget, La Famille. Buy tickets to book your place. In addition to this, tutors from the Chelsea School of Botanical Art will be running free botanical painting and illustration workshops, teaching the skills required to create a floral masterpiece.
Botanical Art Seminar - sold out
Taking place on 12 July 2018, this event will feature talks about botanical art, demonstrations from botanical artists and tours of the Lindley Library. You will also have the chance to see the RHS Plant and Art Fair and enjoy an evening drinks reception.
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