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Margaret Flockton Award 2015 entry details
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. Click here to view the Margaret Flockton Award 2015.
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.
The Award and Exhibition
Instructions to artists - artwork
Instructions to artists - paperwork
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c/- Illustration, National Herbarium of NSW
Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000 Australia 2. UPDATE - Important information In 2012, when returning artworks to overseas artists via a door-to-door express courier service, a number of parcels were held at foreign borders and large duties charged to the artist for their release. After extensive negotiation with customs officials, the Margaret Flockton Award Committee generously paid the fees on behalf of the artists. Following a review of postal procedures, from 2014 onwards the Margaret Flockton Award Committee will be returning to the Australia Post airmail system (unregistered), as previously used 2004-11 without issue.
3. As import and export laws, duties and taxes vary from country to country, we strongly advise each artist to seek advice regarding the export and re-importation of artworks from and to their country. The following information is currently available on the Australian Customs and Border Protection website and is provided here as a guide only for imports into Australia.
If your goods arrive in Australia by mail and have a declared or assessed value of A$1,000 or less, the goods may be imported free of duty, taxes and Customs and Border Protection charges, unless they are alcohol products or tobacco products. Apart from alcohol and tobacco products, those goods will be cleared by Customs and Border Protection and delivered by Australia Post without you doing anything.
You will be sent a First Notice by Australia Post if you have imported goods with a declared or assessed value of more than A$1,000.
In this case, you need to lodge an import declaration to Customs and Border Protection for the goods. The declaration will be assessed for duty, GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (if applicable). An import processing charge will also apply. Customs and Border Protection will advise you of the amount you need to pay before your parcel will be delivered to you.
Customs and Border Protection cannot allow goods with a value over A$1,000 to be delivered by Australia Post until an import declaration is made and any liability for duty, taxes and charges is paid in full. There may also be AQIS requirements to be met before Australia Post can deliver your goods.
4. Each artist is now required to nominate on the Sales and Postage Form the value (in Australian dollars) to be stated on their Customs Declaration and Postal Insurance forms for return shipment of artworks (NOTE: In some countries Import Duties are charged for any package valued over $1. Please seek qualified advice). 5. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens will not be liable for any fees, duties or taxes associated with the import or export of entries in the Margaret Flockton Award. 6. By accepting the Terms and Conditions of Entry the artist is responsible for any fees, duties or taxes that may arise whilst the parcel is in transit, both to, from and within Australia. 7. Neither the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust nor the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens will be responsible for any loss or damage of works in transit. Artists are free to nominate transit insurance and if possible retain a high resolution digital copy of the artwork for their records and publication. 8. To minimise the possibility of damage, all works are to be submitted flat, between two sheets of acid-free paper and packed between sheets of thick board (i.e. mount board) or similar solid, waterproof material. Artists are asked to label their packaging to enable ease of repacking. Where possible, all artworks will be returned to the artist re-using their own packaging. 9. After judging (or in the case of exhibited works, at the conclusion of the exhibition period), all works will be returned to the artist via Australia Post airmail. ^Back To Top
1. Entries will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria (see below for more detailed information on the preparation of drawings): accurate interpretation and portrayal of plant characters and diagnostic features, technical merit, reproducibility, composition, artistic merit.
2. Works should be submitted as ready for publication and must be capable of being reduced to 2/3 of the original size without loss of detail. A major criterion of scientific illustration is that images should be clearly and simply reproduced through the printing process. Entrants should note that illustrations may be scanned during judging to assess the reproducibility of the image. All care of artworks and rights of artists will be respected and no illustrations will be commercially reproduced from this process.
Insurance, commissions and rights1. Entries displayed in the exhibition may, with the artist's (or artist's agent) permission, be offered for sale at the price listed on the entry form (this includes a commission of 20% of the sale price exclusive of GST, payable to the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens). The exhibition organisers reserve the right to determine the final sale price in consultation with the artist. 2. The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust will insure all works while on site. The insurance will be to the agreed sale price (nominated on the Sales and Postage Form) or valuation of works not for sale. Neither the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust nor the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens will be responsible for uninsured loss or damage exceeding the insured amount. 3. Consent may be sought from individual artists to allow images of their works being reproduced, and their biographical information being used by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust or the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens for the sole purpose of promoting the Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition. 4. The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens are the sole owners of the information collected from the entry forms and any other information submitted and will not sell, share or rent this information to others except for the sole purpose of advertising or promoting the Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition.
Enquiries and further informationFurther enquiries should be directed to: Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop
The Margaret Flockton Award
c/- Illustration, National Herbarium of NSW
Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
Mrs Macquaries Road
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Telephone 02 9231 8133
A guide to scientific botanical illustration
The science of botany requires plant taxonomists to describe plant species in both words and drawings, with botanists preparing a detailed description of the plant and the artist producing an accurate illustration.
Taxonomic illustrations are normally published in scientific journals as highly detailed black and white drawings (primarily pen and ink, more rarely pencil) representing aspects of plant morphology essential for identification.
The Margaret Flockton Award is unique in art awards in that it recognises and promotes scientific botanical illustration as opposed to botanical art.
When considering these broad criteria, the following are also taken into account:
Judges' comments on previous submission
A folder containing biographies of the contributing artists is compiled each year for visitors to refer to. This adds interest to the exhibition by providing the viewer with some information about each artist, their background and current work in the field of illustration.
For your biography a simple and discreet template has been provided on the link below with fields for your name, date and place of birth, education and career highlights, and publication, exhibition and prize details. A simple portrait shot is also desired and if you have a scanned head and shoulders image you can simply click and drag it to the spot delineated in the template. Otherwise a digital photo can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org which can then be added to your biography or a physical photo can be sent with your entry package and illustrations. Once completed please email your biography as an attachment to email@example.com.
Remember, the provision of biographical information and the photo is completely optional. Please keep to one or two pages in length.
Pricing artwork and the GST
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