Welcome to BAASA – Botanical Artists’ Association of Southern Africa

BAASA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting public awareness of botanical art in southern Africa. BAASA is open to all botanical artists, whether scientific illustrators or realistic flower painters, as well as collectors and those interested in furthering the tradition of botanical art.

Botanical Art Worldwide 2025, Southern Africa

 

© Ingrid Howes 2018 – Carissa Macrocarpa, watercolour on paper 840 x 630 mm

The Southern African exhibition is being organised by the Gauteng branch of BAASA, the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

Steering committee

The BAW sub-committee is being led by Gillian Condy (who was involved with the 2018 exhibition) and Gwenda Caplan, the current BAASA Gauteng chair. There are also three in-house graphic designers who will handle all the design work, a treasurer, a legal expert, and a team of hard-working individuals.

Exhibition venue

Villa Arcadia in Parktown, Johannesburg has been secured as the venue. Designed in 1910 by Herbert Baker for Lionel Philips, one of the important Randlords of Johannesburg, it is a heritage building in keeping with the exhibition theme. It was sold in 1922 to the South African Jewish Orphanage who ran it for 81 years before it was purchased by the Hollard Insurance Company in 2003 and beautifully restored. It houses directors’ offices, board rooms and  rooms hired out for functions. Villa Arcadia article. We thank Hollard for their sponsorship for the use of their property and Spier Wine Estate for wines to be used at the exhibition opening.

The former Music room will be used as the main exhibition area and the library for a shop selling cards and prints, while the beautiful long verandah facing the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg will be perfect for the opening night, weather permitting.

About this exhibition

The Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition will be open to the public from 16th – 31st May 2025, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

During the exhibition walkabouts for the public and demonstrations by our top artists will be held on Saturday mornings.

Artists may submit up to four artworks, not larger than a full sheet of Arches. There will not be a miniature section for this exhibition, but miniatures will be accepted as one of the four artworks. As our Association covers Southern Africa, crops that are cultivated by neighbouring countries will also be accepted.

The ‘Intent to exhibit’ form has been sent out to paid-up BAASA members but can also be found on the BAASA website.

BAASA Intent to exhibit BAW25

Selection of artworks will take place on 16th November in Gauteng and Cape Town. Selectors have been selected and names forwarded to our members.

For enquiries, contact: baasaoffice@gmail.com

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