Calling all artists (16+) to help us celebrate Lincolnshire’s inspiring plants

Calling all artists (16+) to help us celebrate Lincolnshire’s inspiring plants

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is excited to announce an Open Call for artists, amateur or professional, to submit A5-sized artwork for the “Lincspirational Plants” art exhibition.

Submitted artworks featuring one of 30 Inspirational Plants will be showcased on an online exhibition where they will be auctioned to raise funds for further Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust wild plant projects. The aim is to host a 2021 exhibition (COVID-19 rules permitting) showing 30 selected artworks at sites around Lincolnshire.

LoveLincsPlants project officer, Sue Fysh, said:
The exhibition is a celebration and reflection on the last three years of the LoveLincsPlants project. And what an amazing three years it’s been. The project has survived the ‘Beast from the East’ in 2018, some of the hottest summer temperatures on record and one of the wettest winters in 2019, and now in 2020 a global pandemic. Throughout it all we have managed to collect some hundreds of Lincolnshire plants for our herbarium project. Now, more than ever, is the time to lose ourselves in creating some wonderful artwork based on one of the 30 inspirational plants.”

Artwork is welcome in a range of media (except photographs) including drawing, painting, collage, illustration, calligraphy, textiles, embroidery or mixed media. Submissions must be A5 in size (210mm x 148mm or 8” x 6”), flat and either landscape or portrait and should be posted to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to arrive no later than Tuesday 16 February 2021.

The 30 Inspirational Plants
Artwork should be based on one of these species:

  1. Daisy (Bellis perennis)
  2. Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
  3. Field scabious (Knautia arvensis)
  4. Greater water-parsnip (Sium latifolium)
  5. Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos)
  6. English oak (Quercus robur)           
  7. Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)
  8. Purple willow nothovar 'Lincolnshire Dutch' (Salix purpurea nothovar 'Lincolnshire Dutch')
  9. Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
  10. Hazel (Corylus avellana)
  11. Yew (Taxus baccata)
  12. Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
  13. Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
  14. Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare)
  15. Weld (Reseda luteola)
  16. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  17. White Dead-nettle (Lamium album)
  18. Common Glasswort aka Marsh samphire (Salicornia europaea)
  19. Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
  20. Newton's Apple var 'Flower of Kent' (Malus domestica var 'Flower of Kent')
  21. Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)
  22. Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
  23. Betony (Betonica officinalis L.)
  24. Hybrid Blue Fleabane (Erigeron x stanleyi)
  25. Common dog-violet (Viola riviniana)
  26. Medieval plum (Prunus x domestica)
  27. Field penny-cress (Thlaspi arvense)
  28. Cowslip (Primula veris)
  29. Meadow crane's-bill (Geranium pratense)
  30. Common poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

For more information including terms & conditions, the entry form and further details about the plants please visit: lincspirational-plants


The LoveLincsPlants Project 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. With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it aims to preserve Lincolnshire’s botanical heritage and inspire and train future botanists.