Call to artists to capture the beauty of Lincolnshire’s wildflowers and trees – deadline extended

Artwork by Suzanne Fysh

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have extended the deadline for the ‘Lincspirational Plants” art competition to Tuesday 9 March 2021

Lincspirational Plants is an open call for artists (16+), amateur or professional, to submit A5-sized artwork featuring one of 30 Inspirational Plants that grow in Lincolnshire.

LoveLincsPlants project officer, Sue Fysh, said:
“Lockdown during the cold winter months can feel bleak but spring is on the way. What better way to anticipate its arrival than putting pencil or brush to paper and illustrating the flowers that we will soon be seeing?”

The Trust is delighted at the response so far with some beautiful and creative artwork submitted. Two-thirds of the 30 species of plant are now represented but there are still 10 waiting to be drawn or painted (sorry no photographs).

Artists are encouraged to focus on one of these species:

  1. Purple willow nothovar 'Lincolnshire Dutch' (Salix purpurea nothovar 'Lincolnshire Dutch')
  2. Hazel (Corylus avellana)
  3. Weld (Reseda luteola)
  4. White dead-nettle (Lamium album)
  5. Common glasswort aka marsh samphire (Salicornia europaea)
  6. Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
  7. Newton's Apple var 'Flower of Kent' (Malus domestica var 'Flower of Kent')
  8. Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)
  9. Field penny-cress (Thlaspi arvense)
  10. Cowslip (Primula veris)

If you've already started a piece based on one of the 30 plants not in the list above, please do still submit it; we're happy to receive duplicates.

Artists can use any style or technique including drawing, textile, stencil, painting or calligraphy, as long as it’s A5 in size (210mm x 148mm or 8” x 6”) and flat.

Sue Fysh said:
“The artwork could be a close-up study of the bark of one of the tree species or focusing on the intricate shape of toadflax flowers. It could be a colour study exploring the colours of betony or a landscape piece showing marsh samphire growing in its Lincolnshire beach habitat. It’s really up to you.”

For more information including terms & conditions, the entry form and further details about the plants please visit our Lincspirational Plants webpage

Gallery shows a small selection of the entries received so far:

With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the LoveLincsPlants Project aims to preserve Lincolnshire’s botanical heritage and inspire and train future botanists. It is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union, Sir Joseph Banks Society and the University of Lincoln.

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