Who are we?
Dr Sophie Williams is a Lecturer in Conservation Science at Bangor University, UK and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden (XTBG), China. Sophieâ€™s research focuses on documenting the orchid species in trade and assessing how cultivation may reduce wild harvesting pressure.
IÅŸÄ±k GÃ¼ner is a Turkish botanical artist working professionally on a range of projects over the last ten years. IÅŸÄ±k has won several gold medals for her work and â€˜best in showâ€™ prize for her excellent work.
Sophie and IÅŸÄ±k met at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2013. They were working on separate projects at the time, and have now developed this collaboration to produce a series of painting of orchids to make this unique exhibition.
This exhibit will include works from Banna based artists HÃ© ruÃ¬ huÃ¡. HÃ© ruÃ¬ huÃ¡ is a well know Chinese artist, particularly for his botanical and bird paintings in 'GÅng bÄ huÃ ' style. HÃ© ruÃ¬ huÃ¡ also designed the Shade garden which hosts the orchid collection of XTBG and is where the exhibit will be located.