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    Contemporary Botanical Art Exhibition


Contemporary Botanical Art Exhibition

19 JAN- 27 FEB 19

We are delighted to present an exhibition of contemporary botanical paintings by members of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA), accompanied by ceramics sculpture by Ellen McCann.

Botanical painting has a long and important history. It was used to record the nature of plants for scientific and medicinal purposes and continues to support scientific research as botanical illustration. While also steeped in accurate observation, botanical art differs from scientific botanical illustration by placing the emphasis on the aesthetic value of the subject and generating in the artist, and the viewer, a reflection on the beauty of nature. 

The Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, founded in 2014, provides a forum for botanical artists from all over Scotland to meet, share expertise, exhibit work and generally promote interest in botanical art. 

Ellen McCann's sculptures complement the exhibition by offering a very personal response to the subject. Ellen takes inspiration from the growth patterns of plants to create sculptures that distill the essence of the natural form using ceramics and metal. She lives and works near Biggar.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 19 January until Wednesday 27 February 2019. We're open daily from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. 


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.