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The Botanical Art Award

Calling All Botanical Art Groups


The Finnis Scott Foundation is launching an award aimed at established botanical art groups that are seeking to extend their practice and create something new and exciting.

Do you have an interesting project that will inspire creativity and raise the profile of botanical art? If so apply!

Please contact the Secretary before making an application: botanicalartaward@finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk 

Deadline 31 January 2018

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The Botanical Art Award was established using funds raised from the sale of a painting formerly owned by Lady Scott (Valerie Finnis) and Sir David Scott. Lady Scott had a great interest in horticulture and the arts, through which she supported and maintained associated charities. She requested that following her death her paintings collection be sold and the funds used for charitable purposes. The Trustees of the Finnis Scott Foundation recognised that a unique gap could be filled with a dedicated award for botanical art. Applications are judged by a sub-committee of experts with knowledge of botanical art.

Award Criteria

The Finnis Scott Foundation offers a bi-annual award to support and promote the practice of botanical painting. Aimed at groups and organisations that are looking to go beyond their day to day activities, the award recognises those who have helped raise the profile of botanical art and seek to further extend their reach to new audiences. Projects might include (but are not limited to) a new education programme or the development of an existing course, exhibition, publication, event or collaborative project.


Awards are made to UK and Ireland based botanical art groups and organisations, not individuals. Regional and national botanical art societies, florilegium groups, independent courses, affiliated groups and other community organisations associated with teaching or promoting botanical art may apply. Preference will be given to independent organisations and charities.

Qualification & Proposals

To qualify applicants must demonstrate a recent record of achievement in promoting botanical art to the satisfaction of the judges. The judges will consider the success of previous initiatives, including budget allocation, project planning and delivery, and audience engagement, as part of the application for the new award.

Applicants must provide a detailed submission of the intended use of the award to be submitted to the Botanical Art Award Secretary by 31st January 2018. Proposals should include a project plan, with anticipated costs, timings and outcomes to be completed within 2 years of the date of the award. The judges are looking to reward fresh ideas, original projects and new ways of working.

A shortlist of potential candidates will be confirmed in Spring 2018, with the winning project to be announced at a reception party to be held at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, the former home of Lady Scott and Sir David Scott, in July 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to join other beneficiaries for the event which will mark the 10th anniversary of the Finnis Scott Foundation.

The successful candidate will be asked to keep in touch with the Secretary regarding the progress of the winning project. A report should be submitted at a date agreed with the Trustees, not more than 2 years from the date of the award being made.

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Contact Us

If you would like further information about the Botanical Art Award, please email the Secretary: botanicalartaward@finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk

For more information about The Finnis Scott Foundation, please email: administrator@finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk
or telephone +44 (0)1604 233233

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