Our new project is underway and all members have been informed through our AGM and in correspondence since. We held one workshop for members in the Spring, given by ISBA member Noeleen Frain (many thanks for Noeleen for a great day!) and we’re holding another now in early Summer: Claire Ward comes to us from Wales and will conduct a workshop in the National Botanic Gardens Curvilinear Room on Thursday 16 May. The cost is €35 and places are limited to 12. There are still some places available, check the event listing for more details, including how to apply.
March and April have been very busy times for the ISBA; our AGM in March saw our chair for the last two years, Jane Stark, step down, passing the baton (or should that be the paintbrush) to Lynn Stringer. Jane didn’t sit back though as she has spent most of her time since then on the design, layout and typesetting of the book that will accompany our Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition: Éireannach: Celebrating Native Plants of Ireland. To find out more about the progress of the project, and how to buy the book, check the latest update on our Éireannach project page.
April sees us hosting An Evening Celebration of Orchids in Botanical Art , part of a series of orchid events at the National Botanic Gardens in April, including an exhibition of paintings by Deborah Lambkin and Margareta Pertl, both ISBA members. Check out the event on our calendar page.
If all these events have whetted your appetite to learn more about the practice of Botanical Art, two of our members are providing tuition in two very different locations in April and May. Yanny Petters will hold a two-day course in Wicklow in April and Jane Stark a five-day course in the Burren in May.
May will see our Éireannach exhibition open on the 5th, with an open day on the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on the 18th.
And in June, there will be an exhibition of Botanical Art at Bloom. Those who submitted their work for this exhibition should hear by the end of April whether their submissions have been accepted.
Many thanks to our judges who worked hard to choose the paintings for the upcoming Éireannach exhibition, part of Botanical Art Worldwide. The judges have chosen 48 plants, painted by 43 artists.
Many thanks too and well done to all the artists who have taken part in the project so far. We have a lovely array of native Irish plants that will feature in the exhibition and the accompanying book, including such treasures as the Large-flowered Butterwort, which features in a painting by Holly Somerville:
Here is the list of selected works, sorted alphabetically by the last name of the artists. We’ve repeated the list below, sorted by common name of the plant in English. You can also download the list as a PDF.
|Artist||Plant, English||Plant, Latin||Planda, Gaeilge|
|Hazel Beehan||Marsh Thistle||Cirsium palustre||Feochadán corraigh|
|Janet Bockett||Marsh-marigold||Caltha palustris||Lus Buí Bealtaine|
|Fionnuala Broughan||Hawthorn||Crataegus monogyna||Sceach gheal|
|Ann Burn||Wood Anemone||Anemone nemorosa||Lus na gaoithe|
|Heather Byers||Cowslip||Primula veris||Bainne bó bleachtáin|
|Marcella Campbell||Great Willowherb||Epilobium hirsutum||Lus na Tríonóide|
|Michael Campbell||Bloody Crane’s-bill||Geranium versicolor||Crobh stríocach|
|Giulia Canevari||Hazel||Corylus avellana||Coll|
|Grainne Carr||Elder||Sambucus nigra||Trom|
|Betty Christie||Wild Carrot||Daucus carota||Mealbhacán|
|Janet Colgan||Creeping Jenny||Lysimachia nummularia||Lus an dá phingin|
|Janet Colgan||Navelwort||Umbilicus rupestris||Cornán caisil|
|Jo Cummins||Shepherd’s Purse||Capsella bursa-pastoris||Lus an sparáin|
|Diane Davison||Ash||Fraxinus excelsior||Fuinseog|
|Sally de Bromhead||Red Clover||Trifolium pratense||Seamair dhearg|
|Marie de Lacy Clancy||Crab Apple||Malus sylvestris||Crann fia-úll|
|Mary Dillon||Honeysuckle||Lonicera periclymenum||Féithleann|
|Shevaun Doherty||Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||Mínscoth|
|Noeleen Frain||Ragged Robin||Silene flos-cuculi||Lus síoda|
|Noeleen Frain||Pyramidal Orchid||Anacamptis pyramidalis||Magairlín na stuaice|
|Niamh Harding Miller||Hart’s tongue||Phyllitis scolopendrium||Creamh na muice fia|
|Tim Hatatip||Thrift||Armeria maritima||Rabhán|
|Ann Kane||Bird’s-foot-trefoil||Lotus corniculatus||Crobh éin|
|Mary Killion||Wild Pansy||Viola tricolor ssp. Tricolor||Goirmín searraigh|
|Tara Lanigan O’Keeffe||Sea Bindweed||Calystegia soldanella||Plúr an phrionsa|
|Siobhan Larkin||Bramble||Rubus fructicosus||Dris|
|Sarah Lewtas||Sea Holly||Eryngium maritimum||Cuileann trá|
|Claudia McManus||Rowan||Sorbus aucuparia||Caorthann|
|Sandra McTurk||Strawberry-tree||Arbutus unedo||Caithne|
|Ida Mitrani||Sessile Oak||Quercus petraea||Dair ghaelach|
|Elaine Moore Mackey||Foxglove||Digitalis purpurea||Lus mór|
|Elaine Moore Mackey||Round leaved Sundew||Drosera rotundifolia||Drúchtín móna|
|Patricia Morrison||Guelder-rose||Viburnum opulus||Caor chon|
|Helen Noonan||Bush Vetch||Vicia sepium||Peasair fhiáin|
|Rita O’Mahony||Primrose||Primula vulgaris||Sabhaircín|
|Yanny Petters||Wild Strawberry||Fragaria vesca||Sú talún fiáin|
|Oonagh Philips||Maidenhair Fern||Adiantum capillus-veneris||Dúchosach|
|Liz Prendergast||Blackthorn||Prunus Spinosa||Draighean|
|Nayana Sandur||Common Spotted-orchid||Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii||Nuacht bhallach|
|Susan Sex||Marsh Helleborine||Epipactis palustris||Cuaichín corraigh|
|Joy Shepherd||Tufted Vetch||Vicia cracca||Peasair na luch|
|Helen Simmons||Harebell||Campanula rotundifolia||Méaracán gorm|
|Holly Somerville||Large-flowered Butterwort||Pinguicula grandiflora||Leith uisce|
|Jane Stark||Lords-and-ladies||Arum maculatum||Cluas chaoin|
|Jane Stark||Common cotton grass||Eriophorum angustifolium||Ceannbhán|
|Lynn Stringer||Meadowsweet||Filipendula ulmaria||Airgead luachra|
|Lynn Stringer||Yellow Horned-poppy||Glaucium flavum||Caillichín na trá|
|Alison Walker||Water Avens||Geum rivale||Machall uisce|
|Plant, English||Artist||Plant, Latin||Planda, Gaeilge|
|Ash||Diane Davison||Fraxinus excelsior||Fuinseog|
|Bird’s-foot-trefoil||Ann Kane||Lotus corniculatus||Crobh éin|
|Blackthorn||Liz Prendergast||Prunus Spinosa||Draighean|
|Bloody Crane’s-bill||Michael Campbell||Geranium versicolor||Crobh stríocach|
|Bramble||Siobhan Larkin||Rubus fructicosus||Dris|
|Bush Vetch||Helen Noonan||Vicia sepium||Peasair fhiáin|
|Common cotton grass||Jane Stark||Eriophorum angustifolium||Ceannbhán|
|Common Knapweed||Shevaun Doherty||Centaurea nigra||Mínscoth|
|Common Spotted-orchid||Nayana Sandur||Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii||Nuacht bhallach|
|Cowslip||Heather Byers||Primula veris||Bainne bó bleachtáin|
|Crab Apple||Marie de Lacy Clancy||Malus sylvestris||Crann fia-úll|
|Creeping Jenny||Janet Colgan||Lysimachia nummularia||Lus an dá phingin|
|Elder||Grainne Carr||Sambucus nigra||Trom|
|Foxglove||Elaine Moore Mackey||Digitalis purpurea||Lus mór|
|Great Willowherb||Marcella Campbell||Epilobium hirsutum||Lus na Tríonóide|
|Guelder-rose||Patricia Morrison||Viburnum opulus||Caor chon|
|Harebell||Helen Simmons||Campanula rotundifolia||Méaracán gorm|
|Hart’s tongue||Niamh Harding Miller||Phyllitis scolopendrium||Creamh na muice fia|
|Hawthorn||Fionnuala Broughan||Crataegus monogyna||Sceach gheal|
|Hazel||Giulia Canevari||Corylus avellana||Coll|
|Honeysuckle||Mary Dillon||Lonicera periclymenum||Féithleann|
|Large-flowered Butterwort||Holly Somerville||Pinguicula grandiflora||Leith uisce|
|Lords-and-ladies||Jane Stark||Arum maculatum||Cluas chaoin|
|Maidenhair Fern||Oonagh Philips||Adiantum capillus-veneris||Dúchosach|
|Marsh Helleborine||Susan Sex||Epipactis palustris||Cuaichín corraigh|
|Marsh Thistle||Hazel Beehan||Cirsium palustre||Feochadán corraigh|
|Marsh-marigold||Janet Bockett||Caltha palustris||Lus Buí Bealtaine|
|Meadowsweet||Lynn Stringer||Filipendula ulmaria||Airgead luachra|
|Navelwort||Janet Colgan||Umbilicus rupestris||Cornán caisil|
|Primrose||Rita O’Mahony||Primula vulgaris||Sabhaircín|
|Pyramidal Orchid||Noeleen Frain||Anacamptis pyramidalis||Magairlín na stuaice|
|Ragged Robin||Noeleen Frain||Silene flos-cuculi||Lus síoda|
|Red Clover||Sally de Bromhead||Trifolium pratense||Seamair dhearg|
|Round leaved Sundew||Elaine Moore Mackey||Drosera rotundifolia||Drúchtín móna|
|Rowan||Claudia McManus||Sorbus aucuparia||Caorthann|
|Sea Bindweed||Tara Lanigan O’Keeffe||Calystegia soldanella||Plúr an phrionsa|
|Sea Holly||Sarah Lewtas||Eryngium maritimum||Cuileann trá|
|Sessile Oak||Ida Mitrani||Quercus petraea||Dair ghaelach|
|Shepherd’s Purse||Jo Cummins||Capsella bursa-pastoris||Lus an sparáin|
|Strawberry-tree||Sandra McTurk||Arbutus unedo||Caithne|
|Thrift||Tim Hatatip||Armeria maritima||Rabhán|
|Tufted Vetch||Joy Shepherd||Vicia cracca||Peasair na luch|
|Water Avens||Alison Walker||Geum rivale||Machall uisce|
|Wild Carrot||Betty Christie||Daucus carota||Mealbhacán|
|Wild Pansy||Mary Killion||Viola tricolor ssp. Tricolor||Goirmín searraigh|
|Wild Strawberry||Yanny Petters||Fragaria vesca||Sú talún fiáin|
|Wood Anemone||Ann Burn||Anemone nemorosa||Lus na gaoithe|
|Yellow Horned-poppy||Lynn Stringer||Glaucium flavum||Caillichín na trá|
We’ll be hosting An Evening Celebration of Orchids in Botanical Art in association with the Dublin Orchid Fair at 6.30 pm Friday 20 April 2018, in the Visitor Centre of the National Botanic Gardens. The evening will feature a talk:
The RHS Orchid Committee and its artists: a history of the RHS orchid award paintings
A talk by Clare Hermans, Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee, author of many articles and co-author of Orchids of Madagascar and a research fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
The talk was originally given at the World Orchid Conference held in Ecuador last November.
The talk will be followed by a wine reception and a tour of:
Three Threads – of the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore – an exhibition.
Organised by staff of the National Botanic Gardens, it features archival material from the Library at Glasnevin, orchid paintings by Deborah Lambkin (an ISBA member and official artist to the RHS’s Orchid Committee), and a collection of orchid portraits that celebrate Frederick Moore, painted by Margareta Pertl (also an ISBA member). The exhibition runs from Saturday 29 March to Wednesday 25 April.
There is no admission charge and all are welcome, but we would be grateful if those who wish to attend would email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the number of guests attending.
The Dublin Orchid Fair takes place Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April and will be held in the Teak House at Glasnevin. This is the premier annual orchid event in Ireland, with a selection of species and hybrids for sale. It promises to be an exciting weekend for orchid lovers, gardeners and botanical artists alike.
Our judges are meeting on 29 January to assess all the submitted paintings, which are being safely stored in the Library of the National Botanic Gardens. The judges will decide which paintings will hang in the exhibition that takes place from 5 to 27 May in the National Botanic Gardens. As well as paintings for the exhibition, the judges will choose paintings for a digital slideshow which will be seen at other botanical art exhibitions all around the world. Many countries are taking part in Botanical Art Worldwide and we will be seeing some of their paintings at our own exhibition via the digital slideshow. Artists will be notified as soon as possible after the judges make their decisions.
We will produce a high-quality catalogue to accompany the exhibition and this is already in process. We hope to find sponsorship for the book. The exhibition will open with a wine reception on 5 May; we are awaiting confirmation of our guest speaker to open the show: watch this space! On 18 May, which is the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, we will hold an open day and we encourage everyone to bring along family and friends and to spread the word. Zoe Devlin has kindly agreed to guide a wildflower tour of the paintings. The exhibition closes on 26 May and we’ll be taking down the paintings on 27 May. For more details, see our Éireannach project page.
Stones, Slabs and Seascapes: George Du Noyer’s Images of Ireland
17 November 2017–24 February 2018
An artist imbued with a keen appreciation of the sciences—particularly geology, botany and zoology, George Victor Du Noyer was born into a Huguenot family in Dublin in 1817.
Over the course of a half century, he travelled the length and breadth of Ireland, sketching and recording as he went. Thousands of drawings and sketches by him are preserved in the libraries and archives of institutions such as the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland. In the National Botanic Gardens are exquisite watercolours of Irish
apple varieties, roses and other botanical specimens.
In celebration of Du Noyer’s extraordinary achievements, and to commemorate the bi-centenary of his birth, the Crawford Art Gallery will host a major survey exhibition, featuring over one hundred and fifty watercolours and drawings. Opening in November 2017 and continuing until the end of February, 2018, the exhibition will be curated by Peter Murray, former Director of the Crawford Art Gallery, in collaboration with Petra Coffey and the Geological Survey of Ireland.
Although best known as a geologist, Du Noyer called himself ‘a labourer in the field of science’, and from an early age he laboured well: the two beautiful botanical paintings shown here are dated 1837, and so were painted when he was only twenty years old.
As the name of the exhibition implies, the works on display will focus primarily on landscape, rocks and the sea, and it promises to be an exhibition of interest to many of us with an interest in the natural history and a wonderful opportunity to see a slice of Irish art and science history.
To find out more, visit the Crawford Gallery description of the exhibition.
The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces in a project titled Plandaí Oidhreachta, which celebrates our Heritage Plants. It highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the beauty of botanical illustration. In late 2016, the end product of the collaboration will be an exhibition of original paintings and the publication of an accompanying book.
The book will feature articles on a variety of plant themes that highlight Irish Garden Plants, especially those that have come into being since the year 2000. Our latest snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea will be featured along with primroses, iris and daffodils, as well as other groups of plants, including garden plants selected from the native Irish flora.
As of August 2016, much of the work is complete: the paintings are finished and scanned, the sections on different plant groups have been written, and the design and layout of the book are well underway. If you’d like to find out more, including how to order a copy of the book, which will be published late this year, click here.
The book is now available to purchase online, please click on the following link Heritage Irish Plants: Plandaí Oidhreachta.
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