Julia Groves: ‘Seeds of Hope’ at RHS Botanical Art Show 2022

Many congratulations to ARTWORKS member Julia Groves on having six works selected for the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022. Julia was also awarded the Silver Gilt medal for her new series of works, ‘Seeds of Hope’, a prestigious accolade for this compelling new series of works on the vitality of organic seeds in natural habitats, gardening & agriculture.


Julia says: ‘I am thrilled to be exhibiting six new pieces at the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022, at the Saatchi Gallery in London.


Seeds are the focus of my RHS project, with their incredibly sophisticated, intricate, often astonishing structures which indicate their different dispersal mechanisms.

But more importantly these seeds are very special as they all come from ‘The Seed Co-operative’, who together with a network of growers, develop and sell organic, open-pollinated seeds, and are striving to support those making agroecological farming, food security and sovereignty a reality.

I hope that my paintings will help highlight their work and of how vital seeds and seed diversity are for the future.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Saatchi Gallery have partnered for the second time to present the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show in 2022.

Discover the best botanical artwork and garden photography by global artists, all exhibiting for an RHS Medal.

RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022
Saatchi Gallery

Open from 9th – 29th April 2022
Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Admission is free for Saatchi Gallery Members & RHS Members.

For more information and to book tickets, go to: https://www.saatchigallery.com/exhibition/rhs2022

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ARTWORKS 21st Annual Exhibition – Final Day Sunday 10th October 2021 – it’s not too late to visit!

Tomorrow, Sunday 10th October 2021 is the final day of ARTWORKS 21st Annual Exhibition!

The last two weeks have flown by and we have been much heartened by everyone who has visited the exhibition in these unsettled times & we thank you for your support.

We are open tomorrow (Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. However, a visit before 2pm is advised to enjoy the exhibition in its entirety. A browse through each artist’s ‘browser rack’ is recommended in addition to the Artworks shop for small artworks & art cards – unique & original gifts for friends & loved ones.


We hope you have enjoyed the addition of five new guest artists this year – Louise Chapman, Antonia Hockton, Iona Howard, Evelyn Polk and Laurie Rudling – who were all originally selected in early 2020 and stayed with us after last year’s exhibition was cancelled – their artwork has undoubtedly contributed to the vitality & verve of this year’s exhibition.

Just a reminder, ARTWORKS is at the splendid Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, Suffolk, IP30 9HZ. Follow the yellow AA signs from Junction 45 of the A14, or use SatNav IP30 9HZ. The exhibition venue Blackthorpe Barn is on ground level with easy access, free parking for all visitors.


All work in the exhibition is for sale. Payment can be made by cash or major credit/debit cards. Art buyers can collect their exhibition purchases from 4pm on Sunday (remember to bring your receipt). We have two teams to assist on the final day, on the sales desk and in the packing/collection area.


Lastly, although the Artworks exhibition is now drawing to a close, we encourage you follow the ARTWORKS website blog to receive regular news straight into your email inbox! Alternatively, follow @artworkseast on Instagram for an informal mix of pictures, artist news & other updates.

If you have any questions or queries, you can contact us via the contact page.

Thank you from all the team at ARTWORKS.

ARTWORKS 21st Annual Exhibition
Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October 2021
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9HZ
Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm
Free parking & free entry; tea, coffee & cakes served in the Ivy Café.

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ARTWORKS 21st Annual Exhibition: MEET THE ARTIST Daily Schedule

Visitors to ARTWORKS in 2021 will once again have the opportunity to meet many of the the artists in the exhibition, with a selected artist setting up a mini desk ’studio’ or work area in the main thatched barn each day.


Artworks 21st Annual Exhibition

As each artist creates their art differently, the content & structure of each MTA day will vary – it may not be practically possible to demonstrate all art techniques. However, it is fabulous opportunity to get an insight into how an artist works.

Other ARTWORKS artists are also present each day to answer any questions, either working at the reception/sales desk or in the Ivy café.

Please find below the schedule for our ‘Meet the Artist’ days at ARTWORKS in 2021:

ARTWORKS ‘Meet the Artist’ 2021

Saturday 25th September, 2021: Laurie Rudling: Printing Etchings and Collagraphs
Sunday 26th September, 2021: Iona Howard: Capturing an intimate connection with Landscape
Monday 27th September, 2021: Alison Jones: Botanical illustration with inspiration
Tuesday 28th September, 2021: Helen Dougall: Waxing Lyrical
Wednesday 29th September, 2021: Roger Gamble: Acrylics in action
Thursday 30th September, 2021: Valerie Armstrong: Simple Gelli-plate monoprinting
Friday 1st October, 2021: Zoë Rubens: Gardens, dreams and desires
Saturday 2nd October, 2021: Nicola Coe: Making art with nature for nature
Sunday 3rd October, 2021: Antonia Hockton: Where carving stone has taken me
Monday 4th October, 2021: Lyn Aylward: The portrait in oils
Tuesday 5th October, 2021: Alfie Carpenter: Mixed media collage landscapes
Wednesday 6th October, 2021: Hazel Bradshaw: Porcelain – impractical pot building
Thursday 7th October, 2021: Jazz Green: Torn! Between Painting and Collage
Friday 8th October, 2021: Sue Caddy: Hand building with clay
Saturday 9th October, 2021: Evelyn Polk: Packaging reimagined
Sunday 10th October, 2021: Julia Groves: Botanical journeys

ARTWORKS 21st Annual Exhibition
Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October 2021
Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm. All work in the exhibition is for sale. Payment can be made by cash or major credit/debit cards.

Entry to the exhibition is free. The exhibition venue Blackthorpe Barn is on ground level with easy access with free parking for all visitors. The Ivy Café will be serving light refreshments following Covid guidelines.

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Blackthorpe Barn