Horsham School of Botanical Artists (HSBA)
The few Horsham District botanical artist members were selected in 2018 by Jeremy Knight, then curator of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery to form the collaboration. His vision was for the school members to work together to support each other’s individual projects by offering encouragement, help and advice through regular meetings, and to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of botanical art and illustration and its history at a local level.
- Stage events and exhibitions to promote botanical art and illustration within the Horsham District.
- Collaborate on projects where botanical art and illustration can help to record plant collections and rare and endangered species which may serve as a legacy for future generations (e.g. The Leonardslee Florilegium).
- Encourage the promotion of botanical art and illustration as a traditional skill through teaching and demonstration.
HSBA staged their inaugural exhibition at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery during the town’s ‘Year of Culture’ in 2019 and Leigh Ann’s painting of Camellia x williamsii ‘Bow Bells’ was purchased for the Museum’s collection.
Since the Covid pandemic, HSBA have held a successful selling exhibition at Parham House and Gardens An Exhibition of Botanical Art – Parham House & Gardens (www.parhaminsussex.co.uk) and formed a Florilegium at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens (www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk/leonardslee-florilegium).
To find out more about HSBA including future events, visit the website at www.horshambotanicalart.co.uk.