Entries by neal

Aibítir in Waterford 10 July – 21 August 2015

After the highly successful Aibítir exhibitions held in 2014 at the National Botanic Gardens, The Derry Playhouse and the Belfast Waterfront Hall, the paintings from the ISBA’s inaugural project continue to tour in major venues around Ireland. A single 18 letter alphabet was displayed in Bunclody Public Library in the spring of 2015, followed by […]

Irish artists painting orchids for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

by Brendan Sayers Illustrations in this article paintings are reproduced from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine vol. 32, part 1 (2015). We are most grateful for being allowed to include them. Copies of the magazine are available, from Kew publishing, RBG Kew, Richmond,  Surrey TW9 3AE (price £15). The European Orchid Conference is held every three years in various European […]

Painting at Kilmacurragh

by Lynn Stringer When I was asked to write a piece for the ISBA website I had to rack my brains for a bit to think of something that might be of interest. Possibly the only slightly different thing I have done from other ISBA members are the paintings of plants, trees and shrubs from […]

Lydia Shackleton

19th century Irish Botanical Artist We are very grateful to Oonagh Phillips for this essay, which was originally written by her as part of the Distance Learning Course of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA), and also to The Library, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin for supplying a selection of images of Lydia Shackleton’s work held […]

Archival prints

A  strictly limited edition of 30 prints of each Aibítir painting has been produced to the highest archival quality by Dominic Turner of Exhibit A Studios, Dublin, twenty of which are available for purchase by the public. Click here for more information.


The Aibítir catalogue is a 96-page book, produced to the highest print standards, and features not only all 59 paintings in the exhibition, but also: articles on Irish botanical art from an historical perspective; the native Irish plant species painted by the artists; and the history of the Aibítir project itself.


Tutoring on painting techniques, botanical information, plant research and general encouragement are all part of the support available to ISBA artists, thanks to the generosity of our more experienced artists and the knowledgeable staff of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.