Young Botanical Artist Competition 2022 now is over!
The Young Botanical Artist Competition has been recently opened for entries inviting budding botanical artists to submit 2D botanical artworks depicting trees, leaves and anything that exists in between.
Sponsored by Dr Shirley Sherwood in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Young Botanical Artist Competition invites budding botanical artists to submit 2D botanical artworks depicting trees, leaves and anything that exists in between. This could be a leaf bud, a branch, a decaying leaf or a moss-coated trunk – any part, big or small, that inspires you.
There are 2 age-based categories (16-18 and 19-25) and 10 artists from each category, based on their digital image submission, will be shortlisted.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of esteemed judges, from revered contemporary botanical artists to Kew’s gallery curators and program leaders. The judges will be looking for botanical artworks that represent their subject creatively, but with scientific accuracy.
Submitted work need to be 2D, either A4, A3 or A2, representative and in a botanical art style.
This competition is open worldwide to young artists aged 16-25.
All artworks shortlisted will be exhibited from April 2023 at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, a renowned gallery in the heart of Kew Gardens that has previously held exhibitions by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Rory McEwen, Rebecca Louise Law and David Nash. Shortlisted artists will also receive a complementary family day pass to Kew Gardens and the gallery space.
Winners will receive prize money as follows:
Overall Winner (1 per category): £750
Highly Commended (2 per category): £250
Overall winners will be crowned alongside Highly Commended artists and a People’s Choice Artist (chosen over the duration of the exhibition). These artists will also receive an art supplies bundle worth £100, supported by Seawhite of Brighton.
Some of the winning artworks will be reproduced in merchandise available for sale at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery shop and in online retail outlets.
There is no entry fee to participate!