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Margaret Flockton Award 2015
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. The Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, as a major fundraising organisation and supporter of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, is pleased to sponsor the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration. Through its members, the Foundation & Friends is committed to funding projects that embellish and enrich the four sites of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, allowing the Trust and its staff to continue to pursue excellence in all that they do. The Foundation & Friends also holds an annual exhibition of botanical art: Botanica 2015 - The Birds and the Bees - see Foundation & Friends Events.
When: Saturday 18 April - Sunday 10 May 2015, daily 10 am-4 pm.
2015 Winning entries
Approximately 350 visitors enjoyed the warm Autumn day following the opening address of the Margaret Flockton Award 2015 by benefactor and friend, Sue Maple-Brown. On the steps outside of the Maiden Theatre, Sue was joined by Dr Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Science and Conservation, Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, as well as Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop, Royal Botanic Gardens Illustrators and Curators of the Margaret Flockton Award.
Following Sue’s welcome and praise of the artworks inside, Dr Brett Summerell proceeded to announce that the winning image of Syngonium podophyllum was drawn by Edmundo Saavedra Vidal from Instituto de Ecologia in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Edmundo, who previously won first prize in 2011, will receive $5000 once more, but also has been merited with one more Highly Commended Award for his other entry this year, Thompsonella spp. The next prize proved so difficult to decide upon however, that two artworks were awarded joint Second Prize ($1000 each) – Doryopteris concolor by Klei Sousa from Brazil and Adiantum hispidulum by Pauline Dewar from Victoria, Australia. Klei was also the recipient of the final Highly Commended Award for his superbly detailed Vriesea carinata.
Twenty six illustrations were submitted for the Margaret Flockton Award 2015 from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland. Three knowledgeable judges were garnered from the National Herbarium of NSW: Catherine Wardrop, Botanical Illustrator and MFA Co-Curator; Debbie McGerty, Designer; and Dr Barry Conn, Scientific Editor Telopea and Principal Research Scientist. Together the three specialists in their respective fields evaluated, considered, argued and after three days finally agreed to disagree (hence the joint awards).
Thousands of visitors are expected to view the competing works in the Maiden Theatre this year, but they will also enjoy the original illustrations and lithographs on show by Margaret Flockton as well as works by her modern-day counterparts (Elkan and Wardrop). Through the legacy of Margaret Flockton the National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, continues to promote scientific botanical illustration, and its crucial role conveying knowledge of our precious plant species for identification and conservation.
The Maple-Brown family