EXHIBITIONS





Poppy seed capsule detail from
Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal



Flower detail from
Metallophytes 2: Ribwort Plantain



Flower detail from
Metallophytes 1: Mountain Pansy



Pages from A Weardale Calendar



Red Campion detail from
Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Capsules



Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Legumes
Laburnum



Fleshy Fruit: Inner Structure
Detail from a piece illustrating 12 fruit



Flower detail from
Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers: Cornflower



Detail from
Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed



Seed detail from
Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers: Cornflower



Wild Pear detail from Autumn Colour


Fruit detail from
Plants in the City Pavement: Honesty



Fruit detail from
Metallophytes 2: Ribwort Plantain



Leaves detail from
Plants of the Urban Wasteland:
Great Bindweed



Fruit detail from
Plants of the Urban Wasteland: Hogweed




All above illustrations
by Amanda Willoughby

(Copyright 1996 to 2016)


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

Amanda won the First Prize in her category at this event, which is the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England. The award was given for
The Wind Dispersal of Norway Maple, Lime, Sycamore and Hornbeam Seeds.


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

"As I wandered around old lead mines in the North Pennines and the Peak District, I was fascinated by the plant species thriving on seemingly inhospitable stony ground and mining spoil, decorating the dull brown heaps with splashes of welcome colour. Tiny Spring Sandwort flowers were peeking through rocks, delicate Harebells danced happily on spoil heaps and bright yellow carpets of Mountain Pansy contrasted sharply with slate-grey mining machinery. On researching metallophytes, I learnt how they have subtly adjusted their physiology to cope with the presence of metals in the soil caused by lead mining, thus enabling their survival in seemingly hostile habitats."
- Amanda Willoughby, February 2015


MARSH, MEADOW AND METROPOLIS
Solo Show -
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The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
December 13th 2014 to January 22nd 2015

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, with five other artists, inspired by the newly-restored RSPB Beckingham Marshes Nature Reserve. The
Beckingham Marshes Plant Alphabet,
which uses a simple and familiar alphabet format to show why plants have complex and cryptic botanical names, was Amanda's contribution. (See CONSERVATION page).


THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S
MALVERN SPRING GARDENING SHOW

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

A Weardale Calendar
was Amanda's written impressions and illustrations of nature, plant habitats and changing seasons 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, of eerie grey autumn mists spiralling up the valley, of nature's jewels (jet-black sloes and ruby-red hips) sparkling on the hedgerows in the lanes and of a monochrome winter turning into a soft, green spring."
- Amanda Willoughby, January 2010
(See INSPIRATION page for more!


SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS EXHIBITION
Westminster Central Hall, London
April 20th to 29th 2007

Dry, Dehiscent Fruit: Capsules was accepted and exhibited.


THE RHS LONDON FLOWER SHOW
Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
November 10th to 11th 2006

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


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

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

Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Samaras was accepted and exhibited.


SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS 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 RHS LONDON FLOWER SHOW
Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 20th to 21st 2004

Awarded the RHS Silver-Gilt Grenfell medal for
Wildflowers of Arable Land
"This is a series of illustrations showing the entire life cycles of arable land plants, highlighting features that may determine whether they thrive or not in arable habitats. Poppies thrive on arable land due to their ability to cope with disturbance. However, even adaptable arable land plants tend to grow on the edges of cultivation, eradicated from fields in favour of high crop yields. Many wildflower species have gradually decreased due to post-war intensive farming methods"
- Amanda Willoughby, January 2004


UK COLOURED PENCIL SOCIETY EXHIBITION
The Barn Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton
July 23rd to August 17th 2003

Two pieces were accepted into the final 50 to be exhibited. One of these, Fleshy Fruit: Surface Texture, was awarded the Lyra Award, one of the top five awards at the exhibition.


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

Amanda exhibited several pieces at these annual exhibitions organised by Ryedale District Council Cultural Services.


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

Amanda exhibited a number of pieces at each of these annual open exhibitions organised by Pickering War Memorial Trust.


THE RHS LONDON FLOWER SHOW
Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 23rd to 24st 2002

Awarded a RHS Gold Medal for a series of illustrated information boards entitled
Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers.
(See CONSERVATION page).


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.


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

Illustrations for the book Wildflowers of the Peak District, published by Hallamshire Press (2000). Amanda contributed two illustrations for the book and the shows.


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

Three pieces were accepted into this annual open show.


THE NATIONAL TRUST CUCKOO DAY
AND COUNTRY SHOW

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

Exhibitions of original artworks, prints and cards.


THE RHS LONDON FLOWER SHOW
Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
January 16th to 17th 2001

Awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt Linley medal for
Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal
Illustrations of the diverse fruit and seed structures and the different methods employed by plants to disperse their seeds, including 'parchutes' adopted by dandelion seeds, 'wings' assumed by maples and 'hooks' employed by cleavers.
"Spectacularly spinning, twisting and twirling, giddy joyriders catch the whirling wind..."
- Amanda Willoughby, January 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 (Hallamshire Press). Amanda's illustrations of Foxglove and Valerian formed part of a display about plant recording and botanical books to accompany a meeting of the Botanical Society of the British Isles.


SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS EXHIBITION
Westminster Central Hall, London
May 5th to 14th 2000

Illustrations from the Plants of the Urban Wasteland series were accepted and exhibited.


THE RHS 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
This illustrates the life cycles of plants that subsist in the city by making use of pavement cracks and draws attention to the features that enable plants to cope with these particularly challenging habitats. The contrast between vibrant flower colour and drab grey concrete was 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 to accompany Drawing from Nature: Art and Illustration in the Natural History Sciences. This was 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 show, which compared the work of contemporary botanical illustrators with that of artists of the past. The different ways in which artists have approached and captured the ephemeral lives of plants was also explored.


THE DAY'S EYE
Solo Show

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

"This is a show inspired by my memories of the woods and fields of the Lincolnshire farm where I grew up. Here, I watched plants shooting, flowering, fruiting and fading with the changing seasons. Willowherbs smothered the rusting machinery behind the dutch barn, pale and delicate primroses lined the ditches, cobalt carpets of bluebells brightened up the dank, dark woods and silver daisies glistened in the fields."
- Amanda Willoughby, June 1998


SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS 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 entitled Plants of the Urban Wasteland, which won a RHS Gold Medal (see below).


THE RHS LONDON FLOWER SHOW
Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London
November 4th to 5th 1997

Awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal for
Plants of the Urban Wasteland
"Often desolate, polluted and strewn with rubbish and rubble, urban wastelands seem to offer hostile habitats to plants, yet they teem with vegetation. Untended and overlooked, the freshness and vitality of their colourful flowers contrasting with the dirt and dereliction around them, these plants offer a vivid illustration of nature's ability to reclaim and transform man-made ugliness. This project is a visual record of these tenacious flora. It accentuates the hidden beauty of plant species that are usually disregarded, since they are considered to be weeds and, therefore, not obviously appealing."
- - Amanda Willoughby, November 1997


THE NATIONAL TRUST IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The National Trust Mobile Information Unit
(touring NT properties, country shows and town and city centres)
June 1994 to January 1996

Amanda produced information panels and posters about the nature conservation and countryside management work of the National Trust in the Peak District.
(See CONSERVATION page for details).





Seed capsule detail from
Metallophytes 7: Bladder Campion



Flower detail from
Metallophytes 6: Spring Sandwort



Flower detail from
Metallophytes 3: Pyrenean Scurvygrass




Pages from A Weardale Calendar




Nigella detail from
Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Follicles




Dry Dehiscent Fruit: Legumes
Gorse



Fleshy Fruit: Surface Texture
Tomato from a piece illustrating 12 fruit



Flower detail from
Rare and Endangered Cornfield Flowers:
Cornbine



Detail from
Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed



Acorn detail from
Methods of Successful Seed Dispersal:
Nuts



Whitebeam detail from Autumn Colour



Foxglove illustration from
Wild Flowers of the Peak District



Fruit detail from
Plants in the City Pavement: Ragwort



Leaves detail from
Plants of the Urban Wasteland:
Ribwort Plantain



Fruit detail from
Plants of the Urban Wasteland: Honesty



All above illustrations
by Amanda Willoughby

(Copyright 1996 to 2016)