EXHIBITIONS





Yellow Archangel
Lamium galeobdolon

Detail from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2018)





Opium Poppy
Papaver somniferum

Detail from Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2004)





"As I wandered around the old lead mines, tiny spring sandwort flowers peeked through rocks and delicate harebells danced happily on the spoil heaps, decorating the dull mounds with splashes of welcome colour. Yellow carpets of mountain pansies shone against the slate-grey of the mining machinery..."
Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2015)




Mountain Pansy
Viola lutea

Detail from Metallophytes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)



A Weardale Calendar
June pages
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2012)



Red Campion
Silene dioica

Detail from Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Capsules
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2007)



Laburnum
Laburnum species

Detail from Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Legumes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2007)



Cornflower
Centaurea cyanus

Detail Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)




Peach
Prunus persica

Detail from Fleshy Fruit: Inner Structure
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1996)



Detail from
Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed



Cornflower
Centaurea cyanus

Detail Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)



Wild Pear
Pyrus pyraster

Detail from Autumn Colour
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1996)





"Drifter, nomad of the wind!
Riding far and high
On blasts and breezes.
Pertinacious passenger
On passing fur or feathers.
Grabbing chances, hitching rides
To make advances..."

Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2001)





Honesty
Lunaria annua

Detail from Plants in the City Pavement
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2000)



Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Detail from Metallophytes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)



Great Bindweed
Calystegia sepium

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)



Hogweed
Heracleum sphondylium

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)



Hogweed
Heracleum sphondylium

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)






At the Royal Horticultural Society London Botanical Art Show
February 2015


14th BOTANICAL IMAGES SCOTIA EXHIBITION
John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
June 6th to 21st 2018

An exhibition of contemporary botanical painting from around the world. Amanda exhibited
Coal, Collapse, Colonisation: Plant Species Colonising the Decaying Industrial Features of an Abandoned Victorian Colliery
Click here for more information!

BOTANICAL IMAGES SCOTIA
AT GARDENING SCOTLAND

The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
June 1st to 3rd 2018

Awarded a Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Silver Medal for Coal, Collapse, Colonisation

ART IN THE GARDENS
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
September 3rd and 4th 2016

The largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England. Awarded First Prize for
The Wind Dispersal of Norway Maple, Lime, Sycamore and Hornbeam Seeds
Please see AWARDS page for more!

THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON BOTANICAL ART SHOW

The RHS Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London
February 27th and 28th 2015

Awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt medal for
Metallophytes: Heavy Metal Tolerant Plants of Abandoned Lead Mines

Spring Sandwort
Minuartia verna

Detail from Metallophytes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)


MARSH, MEADOW AND METROPOLIS
Solo Show
Click here for more!
The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
December 13th 2014 to January 22nd 2015

An exhibition of work inspired by the newly-restored RSPB Beckingham Marshes Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, the meadow flowers of North Yorkshire and Sheffield's urban flora.


EBB AND FLOW
The Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park
October 5th to November 2nd 2014

An exhibition inspired by the newly-restored RSPB Beckingham Marshes Nature Reserve. Amanda's
Beckingham Marshes Plant Alphabet
used the simple, familiar alphabet format to explain the complex, cryptic scientific names of plants.
Please see CONSERVATION page for more!


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S
MALVERN SPRING GARDENING SHOW

Linden Suite, Three Counties Showground, Malvern
May 10th to 13th 2012

A Weardale Calendar
Amanda's observations, impressions and illustrations of the plants, habitats and changing seasons of Weardale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"... an ever-changing kaleidoscope of golden summer meadows speckled with the rainbow colours of a million wildflowers; eerie, grey, autumnal mists spiralling up the valley; jewel-like, jet-black sloes and ruby-red hips sparkling on the hedgerows in the lanes;
and a monochrome winter slowly turning into a soft, green spring."

Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2010)

Please see HOME page for more!


THE SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS
OPEN EXHIBITION

Westminster Central Hall, London
April 20th to 29th 2007

Dry, Dehiscent Fruit: Capsules
accepted and exhibited.


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
November 10th to 11th 2006

Amanda exhibited nine pieces entitled
Dry Dehiscent and Dry Indehiscent Fruit
The work compares the diverse structures of splitting and non-splitting fruit and explores the disparate mechanisms and methods they employ to disseminate their seeds.

THE UK COLOURED PENCIL SOCIETY'S
'WORLD OF COLOURED PENCILS'

Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick
April 1st to 30th 2006

Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Samaras
accepted and exhibited.


THE SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS
OPEN EXHIBITION

Westminster Central Hall, London
April 23rd to May 2nd 2004

Awarded the SBA Certificate of Botanical Merit for Loculicidal, Poricidal and Valvate Capsules with Seeds


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 20th to 21st 2004

Awarded the RHS Silver-Gilt Grenfell medal for
Wild Flowers of Arable Land
The project comprises
"...illustrations of the life cycles of several plants, highlighting features that may determine whether they thrive or fail in an arable habitat. Poppies thrive in arable fields due to their ability to cope with disturbance. However, even the most adaptable plants tend to grow on the edges of cultivation, eradicated from fields in favour of high crop yields. Many species have decreased due to post-war intensive farming methods..."
Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2004)

THE UK COLOURED PENCIL SOCIETY
OPEN EXHIBITION

The Barn Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton
July 23rd to August 17th 2003

Awarded the Lyra Award for
Fleshy Fruit- Surface Texture
Please see AWARDS page for more!


RYEDALE ARTISTS OPEN EXHIBITIONS
The Milton Rooms, Malton
July 26th to August 2nd 2003
July 20th to 27th 2002
July 21st to 28th 2001


ART AT THE MILL
The Memorial Hall, Pickering
April 19th to 26th 2003
March 30th to April 7th 2002
April 14th to 22nd 2001


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 23rd to 24st 2002

Awarded a second RHS Gold Medal for
Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers
at Ryedale Folk Museum

Please see CONSERVATION page for more!

THE BIG DRAW
Ryedale Folk Museum, North Yorkshire
October 20th to 21st 2001

An exhibition for the Campaign for Drawing. The museum encourages drawing as a way to study and understand its treasures, buildings and plants.

WILD FLOWERS OF THE PEAK DISTRICT
The National Trust Longshaw Estate
May 2001
The University of Sheffield Library Gallery
January 2001
Broom Hall, Sheffield
October 2000

A series of exhibitions of illustrations for the book
Wild Flowers of the Peak District,
published by Hallamshire Press (2000). Amanda contributed illustrations for the book and the shows.

POCKLINGTON OPEN ART EXHIBITION
The Oak House, Pocklington
May 1st to 10th 2001


THE NATIONAL TRUST
CUCKOO DAY COUNTRY SHOWS

The National Trust Marsden Moor Estate
April 28th 2001
October 14th 2000


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 16th to 17th 2001

Awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Lindley medal for
Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal
Lindley medals are given for exhibits of special scientific and educational interest.
The work illustrates the diverse fruit and seed structures and different methods employed by plants to disperse their seeds, including the 'parachutes' adopted by dandelion seeds, the 'wings' and 'propellers' assumed by maples and sycamores and the 'hooks' employed by cleavers.


Oxford Ragwort
Senecio squalidus

Detail from Methods of Sucessful Seed Dispersal
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2001)


DERBYSHIRE FLORA 2000
Richardson Hall, The University of Derby
November 2000

An exhibition of original artwork for the book
Wildflowers of the Peak District,
published by Hallamshire Press (2000). Amanda's illustrations, Foxglove and Valerian, formed part of a display about plant recording and botanical books, which accompanied a meeting of the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

THE SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS
OPEN EXHIBITION

Westminster Central Hall, London
May 5th to 14th 2000

Plants of the Urban Wasteland
illustrations were accepted and exhibited.

THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 25th to 26th 2000

Awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Grenfell medal for
Plants in the City Pavement
These are illustrations of plants that subsist in the city by making use of pavement cracks. The work draws attention to features that enable plants to cope with these particularly challenging habitats. The contrast between vibrant flower colour and drab grey concrete is also accentuated.

THE ART OF BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION
The Natural History Museum, London
March 16th to May 21st 1999

Amanda contributed six works to this exhibition which accompanied Drawing from Nature: Art and Illustration in the Natural History Sciences (The 12th International Conference of the Society for the History of Natural History and the Natural History Museum). The exhibition "unites the disciplines of the artist and the scientist in works of visual beauty and technical accuracy."
University of Sheffield Newsletter (March 26th 1999)

THE BIOGRAPHY OF PLANTS
The Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
November 9th 1998 to January 30th 1999

Amanda contributed seven pieces to this exhibition comparing the work of contemporary botanical illustrators with that of past artists. The many ways in which artists have approached and captured the ephemeral lives of plants was explored.

THE DAY'S EYE
Solo Show

Stamford Arts Centre Cafe Gallery, Lincolnshire
June 15th to July 19th 1998

A show inspired by memories of the farm where Amanda grew up watching plants shooting, flowering, fruiting and fading with the seasons.
Please see ABOUT page for more!

THE SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS
OPEN EXHIBITION

Westminster Central Hall, London
April 23rd to May 2nd 1998

Fleshy Fruit: Surface Texture and Fleshy Fruit: Inner Structure were accepted and exhibited.

PLANTS OF THE URBAN WASTELAND
Solo Show

The Portobello Centre, Sheffield
November 10th 1997 to January 31st 1998

An exhibition, requested by The University of Sheffield, of work which had recently won an RHS Gold Medal. Please see entry below for more!


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
LONDON FLOWER SHOW

Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
November 4th to 5th 1997

Awarded a RHS Gold Medal for
Plants of the Urban Wasteland
The work is a visual record of
"...plants usually disregarded as weeds and considered unappealing. I wanted to celebrate urban wasteland plants, to accentuate their hidden beauty, to contrast the freshness and vitality of their colourful flowers with the dirt and squalor around them and to highlight their tenacity in the face of a hostile environment.
Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 1997)

Please see AWARDS page for more!

THE NATIONAL TRUST
IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

The National Trust Mobile Information Unit
June 1994 to January 1996

Interpretation panels and posters about the nature conservation and countryside management work of the National Trust in the Peak District.
See CONSERVATION page for details!





Yellow Archangel
Lamium galeobdolon

Detail from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2018)





Bladder Campion
Silene vulgaris

Detail from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2018)





"I was fascinated by these tenacious plants, thriving on seemingly inhospitable ground. I have since learnt how metallophytes have adjusted their physiology to cope with the presence of metals in the soil caused by lead mining, thus enabling their survival in these polluted habitats."
Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2015)







Pyrenean Scurvygrass
Cochlearia pyrenaica

Detail from Metallophytes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)



A Weardale Calendar
November pages
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2012)





Love-in-a-Mist
Nigella damascena

Detail from Dry Dehiscent Fruits: Follicles
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2007)





Gorse
Ulex europaeus

Detail from Dry Dehiscent Fruits: Legumes
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2007)



Field Bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis

Detail Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)



Tomato
Solanum lycopersicum

Detail from Fleshy Fruit: Surface Texture
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1996)



Detail from
Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed



Acorn (Common Oak)
Quercus rober

Detail from Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2001)



Whitebeam
Sorbus aria

Detail from Autumn Colour
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1996)





"Ravish ripe, red
Rosehips and haws.
Gorge on cherries
And sleek, black sloes.
Crack the stones
Of golden plums
And free the seeds..."

Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 2001)





Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea

Detail from Wild Flowers of the Peak District
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2000)



Common Ragwort
Senecio jacobaea

Detail from Plants in the City Pavement
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2000)



Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)



Honesty
Lunaria annua

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)



Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997)






At the Royal Horticultural Society's Malvern Spring Gardening Show
May 2012