ICENI BOTANICAL ARTISTS

WELCOME


A warm welcome to the new Iceni Botanical Artists website!

The new site is still under construction, and some sections are not yet ready to view. BUT, please do take a moment to take a look at our fabulous Artist Gallery while we continue to develop and improve the site behind the scenes.


We are a friendly group, and our aim is to promote the creation and enjoyment of botanical art and illustration of the highest standard. We have a simple application process, where you get a chance to tell us a bit about you and we take a look at a few samples of your work.


TO MAKE A JOINING ENQUIRY:

Contact Isobel Bartholomew directly by email:

r.ibartholomew@shadwell10.plus.com

Please put "Enquiry - Joining IBA" in the subject field of your email.


HOW TO BUY: Visitors are invited to make any purchase enquiries direct to the artist where contact details are available

OR via the contact form. 

PLEASE NOTE: 

We do not host an online shop.

We do forward all expressions of interest to our artists, with all purchases and payments being made direct between purchaser and artist.




 

Thank you for visiting Iceni Botanical Artists!



Meet the Artist


Kathryn Ball

Isobel Bartholomew

Lucille Carter

Jackie Day

Rob Dyke

Christine Grey-Wilson

Sandie Hawkins

Patsy Hood

Bridgette James

Alison Jones

Georgie Kuna

Zoe Norman

Sheila O'Brien

Reinhild Raistrick

Hazel Rush

Ruth Simpson

Doreen Taylor

Jackie Tilston

Jan Toomer

Anne Wormack

How to buy


HOW TO BUY

Visitors are invited to make any purchase enquiries direct to the artist IF contact details are available

OR via the contact form. 

PLEASE NOTE: 

We do not host an online shop.

We do forward all expressions of interest to our artists, with all purchases and payments being made direct between purchaser and artist.

News


Floral Art - Reawakening 2021: Lockdown through the eyes of the botanical artist

We’re back !! Not only are Iceni Botanical Artists back in Bury St. Edmunds, but we are also back with a live exhibition on 16-22nd October 2021 in The Guildhall. Just like all art groups throughout the past eighteen months, IBA members have been kept apart by Covid19 restrictions. However, artists everywhere are fortunate and often thrive in solitude and peace and quiet in order to allow the creative juices to flow. Botanical artists have been even more fortunate, as they depend upon the natural world for their inspiration. And that has remained a constant throughout the lockdown periods, with the seasons reliably coming and going as always. Spring 2020 was never more eagerly anticipated right from the first snowdrops in January, through the cheerful yellow of daffodils blooming everywhere, and later, the fresh green display of trees bursting into leaf. The Summer and Autumn were equally colourful and there was always the consoling expectation that it would do it all again next year. On a personal note, I moved house in January 2020 and had a blank canvas in designing and planting up a new garden and had great pleasure in watching it flourish. Green spaces, gardens and gardening have been a salvation for many during the turmoil of the pandemic – a place of safety, peace and beauty with time to sit and admire the natural living world all around, plus a possible escape from the traumas that have confronted us all. Many of the paintings on view at our exhibition will have been painted during these difficult times and we hope they give you as much pleasure to view as has given us to create.

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IBA artists reflect on Lockdown.

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Events


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Some History


Some History
In 2003 Isobel Bartholomew and her husband moved to West Norfolk. As a botanical artist she had previously been exhibiting in Bedfordshire and London for several years, and invigorated by the move she began to look for galleries and local group exhibitions where she could carry on from where she left off.


Isobel entered paintings into shows of work by local artists and her botanical work was hung amongst mixed art styles. Having visited several exhibitions she became aware of two things. Firstly that there were several other flower painters exhibiting, and more importantly, that the genre of Botanical Art did not sit too comfortably amongst all the other styles of landscapes, animal studies, portraits etc. etc.
An idea began to form that as there were other botanical artists in the East Anglian area that they might like to come together to form a new group, solely devoted to painting the plant kingdom. In February 2010 a meeting was held and Iceni Botanical Artists was born with some 23 members.


IBA's first exhibition was held in August 2010 at The Edmunds Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, entitled “For the Love of Flowers”. The show of paintings and drawings celebrating the beauty and diversity of plants was a great success and highlighted the varying styles of members. While some enjoyed painting plant portraits with accurate detail, others had great skill at capturing habitat landscapes or more impressionistic representations. Every year since then we have held one or two exhibitions a year, moving locations to Galleries in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.


In 2014 we worked on a three year “Breaking New Ground” Project funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant, teaching the painting of the wild flowers, insects, local landscapes (featuring pine trees), and fungi. The Brecks landscape, which is at the heart of IBA’s area, is rich in biodiversity and rare flora and fauna. The twelve local workshops taught by IBA tutors, proved very popular, introducing some 250 people for free to the delights of the Brecks.


Later IBA members produced 45 plant portraits of some of the rare and endangered wild flowers of the Breckland area such as Spiked speedwell (Veronica spicata), Perennial knawel (Scleranthus perennis), Breckland Thyme ( Thymus serpyllum) and Spanish catchfly ( silene otites). The whole display was taken on a touring exhibition to 6 locations, including the RHS in London.  The following book “Breckland Wild Flowers – Heaths and Grasslands” was first published in 2016 and is into its third edition.



Past Exhibitions


Join us



We are a friendly group, and our aim is to promote the creation and enjoyment of botanical art and illustration of the highest standard. We have a simple application process, where you get a chance to tell us a bit about you and we take a look at a few samples of your work.

JOINING EQUIRIES:

Contact Isobel Bartholomew directly by email:

r.ibartholomew@shadwell10.plus.com

Please put "Enquiry - Joining IBA" in the subject field of your email.




Buy the book


To purchase a copy:

Contact Isobel Bartholomew directly by email:

r.ibartholomew@shadwell10.plus.com

Please put 'Breckland Wildflowers - Purchase Enquiry' in the subject field of your email.
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Contact Us


  • Norwich, England, United Kingdom