Flora of Southeast Asia
A regional juried exhibition co-organised by Botanical Art Society (Singapore) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, in our first-ever collaboration with Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists, Thai Botanical Artists & Philippine Botanical Art Society
This exhibition showcases the native plant diversity of Southeast Asia with 80 original botanical artworks in the Botanical Art Gallery and 40 additional facsimiles in the People’s Gallery outdoor exhibit spaces of the gardens.
A wide variety of Southeast Asian native plants such as orchids, shrubs, trees, wetland species, epiphytes and fungi are depicted in watercolour, graphite, colour pencil, acrylic and ink.
The top 120 artworks by 85 artists were selected by a jury for the exhibition with artists coming from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, UK, USA, Japan, Denmark, UAE, and Canada.
80 Original Artworks at:
Dates: 15 November 2022 – 15 February 2023
There were a total of 23 awards given out. The top 3 artists received the Best of Show medal and all winners received certificates and various art supplies. Congratulations to the following award winners!
Best of Show
Certificate of Botanical Accuracy
Certificate of Artistic Merit
Certificate of Media Mastery - Watercolour
Certificate of Media Mastery - Acrylic
Certificate of Media Mastery - Colour Pencil
Certificate of Media Mastery - Graphite
Certificate of Media Mastery - Pen & Ink
About the Venue
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It ranks as one of Asia's top park attractions and was founded in 1859.
The Botanical Art Gallery is housed in a repurposed colonial bungalow which opened its doors in 2021. A permanent display of historical botanical illustrations from the garden’s archives are shown on the upper floor and a rotating exhibition of contemporary botanical artworks are on display in two gallery rooms on the ground floor.
From 15 November 2022 - 15 February 2023, the gallery will showcase the Flora of Southeast Asia Exhibition.
About the Participating Botanical Art Societies
Botanical Art Society (Singapore)
BASS was incorporated in 2019 as an inclusive society for both botanical art enthusiasts and accomplished artists. It seeks to promote an interest in botanical art among the community. Activities organised to meet this goal include local exhibitions, outdoor sketching sessions, postcard exchanges, workshops with professional artists and sharing sessions on topics related to botanical art.
Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists (IDSBA)
IDBSA was started in 2017 to promote botanical art in Indonesia and to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the native Indonesian flora. It aims to help members improve the quality of their artwork through learning and sharing opportunities with other artists. IDSBA organises exhibitions, painting sessions, challenges and monthly online learning sessions.
Philippine Botanical Art Society (PhilBAS)
PhilBAS was formed in 2019 for Filipino botanical artists and focuses on the native flora of the Philippines. It has organised seven botanical art exhibitions featuring only the endemic and indigenous flora of the Philippines. It has also partnered with different government agencies and organisations to promote awareness and conservation of the rich natural heritage of the Philippines.
Thai Botanical Artists (THBA)
Formed by a small group of Thai botanical artists in 2019, THBA goals include providing both artists and the public opportunities to learn botanical art and illustration, encouraging artists to exhibit their artworks, as well as supporting collaborations between artists, botanists and botanic gardens internationally. Activities include volunteering with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh’s Florilegium project and holding field sketching days and workshops.