Local artists celebrate Lincolnshire’s inspirational plants

Organisers of the Lincspirational Plants Exhibition were overwhelmed by the response to the call out for artists to celebrate thirty plant species.
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In this, the final year of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported LoveLincsPlants project, the Lincspirational Plants Exhibition will celebrate and reflect on 30 important Lincolnshire plant species. It also reminds us of the link between plants and creativity and how they symbolise the value and importance of our connection with the natural world.

From more than 130 that were submitted, 30 artworks have been selected to represent the Inspirational Plants in forthcoming exhibitions. The artworks cover plants ranging from Sir Isaac Newton’s iconic apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor in south Lincolnshire to field scabious and common poppy found on verges and meadows across the county. 

From those 30, three overall winners were chosen by a select panel of judges and represent the very high quality of the artworks received. The winning entries are:

  • Cowslip - woodcut by Jane Cowan from Wickenby nr Lincoln
  • English oak - waterbased ink by Julie Eyett from Pinchbeck near Spalding
  • Greater stitchwort - acrylic ink on synthetic paper by Jem Dunn from Lincoln
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The Lincspirational Plants Exhibition will be launched at the Wilderspin National School Museum in Barton-on-Humber as part of the Barton Arts Festival on Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June from 10am – 4pm.

In the autumn, the exhibition will become an evening spectacle with the artworks projected at many times their original size onto large screens at venues across the county. The show will include haikus written by children and music arranged specially to celebrate the end of the LoveLincsPlants project and all that it has achieved. Screenings will take place at venues across the county during the first two weekends in October 2021.

All the artwork submitted will be available for purchase from an online exhibition and auction in October 2021.

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.

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