2023 RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show at Saatchi Gallery

New International Selection of Artist & Photographer Finalists Compete for RHS Medals & Awards in Historic Prize

• On view 16 June – 9 July 2023. Tickets available to book now: saatchigallery.com/tickets
• New shortlisted finalists, competing internationally, present the world’s best botanical drawings and photographs
• 2023 highlights include botanical drawings of ecologically important plants, alongside short-listed portfolio photography exhibits selected from a range of amateur and professional photographers

(London, UK) - The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Saatchi Gallery continue their partnership and will present the 2023 RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show this June.

Following the success of the 2021 and 2022 editions, the annual exhibition will return this Summer and showcase new work from leading botanical artists and photographers across three galleries.

Entries for the show have been through a meticulous pre-selection process, where the scientific accuracy, technical skill and aesthetic appeal of the work are reviewed by an expert judging panel prior to the show opening, with artists and photographers awarded RHS Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, and Bronze medals, as well as a series of special awards including ‘Best Botanical Art Exhibit’ and ‘Judge’s Special Award’.

In 2023, a diverse range of subjects will be presented by participants from around the world. Artists depict plants of ecological importance including English seaweed and Scottish lichens, Australian Algae, endangered plants of Korea, and wildflowers of Greece. Heritage garden blooms are also featured, sitting together with pictures of fabulous fruit and medicinal herbs.

New photography entries in 2023 include works from amateur photographers as well as returning medal-winning exhibitors. The portfolios this year depict a range of photographic styles and chosen subjects ranging from RHS garden landscapes to the gardeners found working in quiet unity within the temple gardens of Kyoto.

Former Gold medal-winning exhibitors will also show their work alongside artists participating in the 2023 exhibition for the first time.

Last year’s award-winning exhibits included the exceptional ‘Rosulate Violas of the Patagonian Andes’ by Nigel Pickering, which gained a post-humous award for Best Botanical Art Exhibit. The award for Best Botanical Artwork was presented to Yoko Harada for her stunning watercolour ofArisaema thunbergii subsp. urashima, and the Judges’ Special Award was given to Mitsuko Kurashina for her memorable depictions of ‘tsunami plants’.

For portfolio photography, the award for Best in Show 2022 was won by Paul Mitchell for his exhibit ‘Portraits of Time’.

The show is a highlight in the calendar of the RHS Lindley Library, complementing its extensive collection of botanical artworks, photographs and illustrations which include more than 30,000 works.

Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator at the RHS,“We are very excited to be going into our third year in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery. There is such a wealth of emerging and established talent in the worlds of botanical art and garden photography. It is our pleasure to present new exhibits in these prestigious galleries and help raise the profile of artists and photographers from across the globe.”

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Shows and Gardens, “We are thrilled to be partnering once again with Saatchi Gallery to showcase diverse and wonderful pieces of art and photography that really champion the beauty of gardening.”

British artist Sarah Jane Humphrey explains,“Mind bending hours have gone into my illustration, I am so looking forward to revealing the final piece to visitors."

Paul Foster, Director at Saatchi Gallery,“This historic show has become an annual highlight at Saatchi Gallery – the artist’s extraordinary technical skill, meticulous processes, and wide international diversity continues to inspire and delight our visitors.”

The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show is supported by Riverstone Living. Entry is free for RHS and Saatchi Gallery members.

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DATES AND OPENING HOURS
Press Preview: Thursday 15 June 10AM – 1PM, RSVP essential: saatchigallery.com/rsvps/rhs2023press
Winners announced: 10am, Friday 16 June 2023
Open to the public: 16 June – 9 July 2023
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm, Monday - Sunday (last admission 5.30pm)
Saatchi Lates: Dates to be announced

ADMISSION
Saatchi Gallery & RHS Members Go Free. Standard Tickets £7; Concessions* £5; Children Under 6*, Free; Children Aged 6-16 years, £6; Family ticket £17. *T&Cs Apply. Tickets available to book now: saatchigallery.com/ticket

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ORGANISATION
The RHS Botanical Art 2023 judging panel secretary is Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator at RHS Lindley Library and the RHS Photographic Competition judging panel secretary Claire Allnutt.

SCHOOL VISITS & COMMUNITY GROUPS
With the generous support of our Gallery patrons, for each major exhibition there are opportunities to engage with creative projects and workshops whether that be in-gallery, virtually, in the classroom or at home. For more information visit saatchigallery.com/learning and to book your group contact education@saatchigallery.com | +44(0)20 7811 3087

ABOUT THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (RHS)
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.

The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.

In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

ABOUT SAATCHI GALLERY
Since 1985, Saatchi Gallery has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art. Exhibitions have presented works by largely unseen young artists, or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This approach has made the Gallery one of the most recognised names in contemporary art. Since moving to its current 70,000 square feet space in the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, London, the Gallery has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The Gallery hosts over 5,000 schools visits annually and has over 6 million followers on social media. In 2019 Saatchi Gallery became a charity, beginning a new chapter in its history. For more information visit www.saatchigallery.com

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Saatchi Gallery Registered Charity No. 1182328

ABOUT RIVERSTONE
Riverstone is a new concept in later living for the over 65’s offering residents a full, active, and independent life while embracing all that the capital has to offer. Launching its flagship residence in June 2022 in historic, vibrant Kensington, Riverstone’s second location opened soon after in November in leafy, riverside Fulham. With two more prime London locations to follow in Chelsea and Hampstead in the next few years. Designed with community in mind, at each residence you will find beautiful homes for sale, with access to exclusive amenities and experiences, with health and wellbeing at its heart. www.riverstoneliving.com Riverstone has launched its first two prime London developments for over 65s in the vibrant enclaves of Kensington and riverside views at Fulham. Designed with a choice of lifestyle options and community in mind, quality of life and well-being sits at the heart of the Riverstone experience. www.riverstoneliving.com

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