Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust launches ‘inspirational plant’ art competition

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has announced an open call for artists - amateur or professional - to submit A5-sized artwork for the ‘Lincspirational Plants’ art exhibition.

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Submitted artworks featuring one of 30 inspirational plants will be showcased in 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 rules permitting) showing 30 selected artworks at sites around Lincolnshire.

The LoveLincsPlants project officer, Sue Fysh, said: “The exhibition is a celebration and reflection on the last three years of the LoveLincsPlants project.

“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 wide range of formats (except photos) including drawing, painting, collage, illustration, calligraphy, textiles, embroidery or mixed media. Submissions must be A5 in size, flat, and either landscape or portrait.

They should be posted to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust before February 16.

The full list of the 30 inspirational plants can be found on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk/lincspirational-plants.

All the original artwork submitted will appear in the online exhibition, where all pieces will be auctioned.

Proceeds from sales will enable the Trust to propagate wild plants from seeds of Lincolnshire provenance to help communities make new wild flower meadows.