Society of Botanical Artists

Exhibition Details

Society of Botanical Artists

Exhibiting excellence in every botanical art form

The Society invites Fellow and Foundation Members of the SBA to submit their very best work to our open exhibition. Whether an artist working in watercolour, oils, gouache, graphite, colour pencil or pen & ink, a botanical illustrator, a printmaker, ceramic artists, sculptor, jeweller or glass artist, we are seeking work with a strong exhibiting presence to be part of our show.

Our only criteria are that all work must:
Be predominantly of botanical content
Be botanically accurate
Be visually pleasing
Have strong wall appeal
Be work you are proud of

All work must be original (all prints must be hand pulled and NOT giclee). We regret we do not currently accept photography or other digital art forms.

Entry Deadline: 30 April 2021 Midnight

Key Dates

Open For Entry: 22 March 2021.
Entry Deadline: 30 April 2021, Midnight.

Selection Notification: 17 May 2021.
Artwork Delivery: n/a

Private View: n/a
Exhibition Open To Public: 4 - 18 June 2021
Collection of unsold work: n/a

Entry Pricing

Maximum Artwork Entries: 5
Free Entry

Foundation members
Maximum Artwork Entries: 2
Free Entry

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The exhibition will be held online between 4 June and 18 June 2021.

Submissions of work are invited from Fellow and Foundation Members of the SBA, working in any two or three-dimensional artwork except for photography, digital artwork or giclee printing (or similar).

Submission Procedure
Submission is by online entry only. Please click on the link from our website and follow the instructions.

Fellow Members only:  Pricing – please note the minimum selling price
Work selected for exhibition does not have to be for sale.  If the work is for sale, there is a minimum sale price for work of £395.

The SBA will not be taking commission in 2021.

It will be assumed that the stated sale price includes the cost of any frame and the commission.  Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable.


You must provide the framed measurements of the work in cm.  This is for possible inclusion in a catalogue, as well as to aid in the selection process.

All communication will be by email or via the online login process. Applicants will be required to login to see if their work has been selected.

The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  You should read this guidance carefully.

Guidance by the Selection Committee

It is very difficult to assess work from poor photographs so please submit scans or very good photographs to show your work at its best, with an image between 5mb and 10mb.  Good results can be obtained with tablets and telephones, but take care to ensure that there is sufficient light (especially when the background appears as grey on a photograph), that the image is in focus, there are no reflections through glass, or bad angles from work being propped up.  The Selection Committee encourages artists to choose simple plain mounts and wooden frames (which can accommodate mirror plate fixings) that will not detract from the work or interfere with adjacent works in the exhibition; poor presentation may prejudice acceptance.  Work framed with clips is not admissible.  Acrylic ‘glass’ may be used for oversize work, as supplied by a framer, and it must of good display quality and be free from scratches and be as scratch resistant as possible.   Artglass or similar which minimises reflections is acceptable.

Buyers expect artwork to be appropriately sealed so artists should pay special attention to clean paper, mounts and glazing (if relevant).  All work should be presented in acid free mounts, papers and backing boards, with appropriate framing tape. 

Fellow Members only: Sales

Given the current situation in relation to the global pandemic, and the fact that both artists and buyers are resident around the globe, it is impractical for the SBA to deal with payment and shipping.  Therefore the SBA will not be charging a commission if work is sold, and the artist will be solely responsible for postage and packing, VAT and Customs documents and any insurance.  We will be providing some guidelines to assist you with this.

Enquiries for sales will be routed to your SBA profile page so please ensure your contact details are up to date.  If you don’t already have a profile page, you will need to set one up to be able to sell your work:

By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:
The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  There are about 8 people on the selection panel voting independently of one another and work is pre-selected based on a voting system.  For this reason it is not possible to give individual feedback to artists as to why their work has or has not been selected.  No correspondence will be entered into in relation to feedback and the selection process decisions are final.  In essence the pre-selected artworks are those which achieved the highest number of votes from the panel members, who vote independently of one another and who cannot see the scores of the other panel members.

I understand that The Organisers reserve the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
I authorise the Organisers to process, store, and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers and / or the Society of Botanical Artists, The Gallery and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.
All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.
I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application I accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions therein.

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