Members of IAPI is open to illustrators and botanists, both professional and amateur, who share the aims of the Institute for Analytical Plant Illustration and who pay the annual subscription.
How to Join
Either Download a copy of the Membership application form and post it together with your subscription to the address on the contacts page. Or send an email to a Committee member and let us know or your interest. Alternatively, come to an IAPI Meeting. The current programme of meetings can be seen on the 'HOME' page.
The annual subscription is currently set at £20.00 for all members. The subscription is due at the AGM which takes place in January each year. New members joining after September will not normally pay a subscription until the following year.
IAPI holds six meetings a year, usually on the third Saturday of the month, in January, March, May, July, September and November.
Meetings are held at a variety of venues and in 2017 there are meetings in Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire and Birmingham.
Meetings usually take the form of workshops on a topic with an invited speaker. One or two meetings a year are held in the field. The AGM is held in January each year.
Travel directions to the Fordbridge Centre - click on link
Travel Directions for Winterbourne Botanical Centre, Birmingham
The Botanical Centre at Winterbourne Botanic Garden is part of the University of Birmingham; it is not in the city's Botanic Garden to which the brown road signs refer. The address of Winterbourne itself (Edwardian house) is 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT. The Botanical Centre is at the back of Winterbourne's gardens, with a separate entrance. Winterbourne has a website (www.winterbourne.org.uk) with directions and a map (under Visit Us then Find Us), although this is mostly about the house and garden and does not mention the Botanical Centre which is why you need to know about the back entrance.
From the north and east (and M6), take the A38, including the A38(M), south through the centre of the city, on the Aston flyover and through three tunnels, and stay on the A38 heading for Bromsgrove and Bristol. Carry on straight through a major junction (traffic lights) with the A4540. Then you come to a dual carriageway with central reservation with grass and trees. After about half a mile, as the central reservation comes to an end and you can see the University Clock Tower above the trees on the right ahead, turn right at the traffic lights to enter the campus on Edgbaston Park Road.
From the south and west (and M5), take the A38 heading north towards the centre of Birmingham. Go through Bourneville, cross the A4040 and carry on, then under the railway bridge by Selly Oak station (on the right). Look out for the University Clock Tower on the left ahead. About half a mile from the railway, just past the Gun Barrels pub on the left (and opposite the Fire Station on the right, slightly set back), turn left at the traffic lights into Edgbaston Park Road for the campus.
Once on Edgbaston Park Road, go past King Edward's Schools on the right and then you will see signs to Winterbourne and the house itself, set back on the right. Go past slowly because the entrance on the right that you need is only about 50 yards further on, inconspicuous, before a wooden fence, a right turn where the road bends to the left. This is the back entrance that leads to the glasshouses and then to the Botanical Centre (prefab buildings). There is space to park by the glasshouses on the right and also some spaces further along on the left, among the prefab buildings. The room that we use is in the first building, on the right.
If travelling by train, the nearest station is University which is the other side of the campus, a walk of about 15 minutes. There is a map of the Edgbaston campus on the university website (www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/index.aspx) as a pdf. University is on the line from the south-west to Birmingham and local trains from the south-west stop at University; on express trains or coming from other directions it is necessary to change at Birmingham New Street. Alternatively, a taxi from Birmingham New Street to Winterbourne is said to take ten minutes, a journey of about three miles.
P.L. Mitchell, 18th December 2015