The Natural Eye, Art Book One


To read reviews and learn more about this beautiful book published by Red Hare Publishing to raise funds for the SWLA Bursary Scheme and other projects please click here. To order a copy or copies of the book click here

Malta Massacre on Migration

Chris Packham is soon to post a nightly ‘as live’ You Tube diary covering the appalling, Spring slaughter of migrant birds that happens on Malta every year. The aim is to raise awareness of this massacre of migrant birds as they pass through Malta from Africa to reach their breeding grounds in Europe each Spring. Thousands of birds die every year but it is still legallised on Malta despite an EU Birds Directive that it is illegal. Small birds are often lured to bushes using previously trapped, live birds that are tethered to a branch using sticky lime; their calls attract the migrants which are then similarly caught on limed branches or just shot out of the air. The SWLA supports Chris Packham’s attempt to bring this tragedy to wider public attention and we encourage you to look at Chris Packham’s video diaries later this month and to follow the story through this link;

With enough support we might be able to shame the Maltese government into putting a stop to this dreadful, annual massacre.

Chris Packham is on a mission to raise awareness about the mass slaughter of migrant birds on Malta. He and 3 colleagues with the support of Birdlife Malta are making video diaries between YouTube 21 – 26 April.

Over Gallery “Moments from Beneath the Sky” exhibition

Saturday 15th March 11am to 3pm at the Over Gallery

Lapwings by Matt Underwood

Moments from Beneath the Sky
Spindle Hedge by Matt Underwood
Saturday 15th March
Wine, soft drinks and snacks 11am to 3pm
Matt’s work reveals his intimate observation of the natural world. As a beekeeper and keen naturalist Matt has an eye for detail yet this is expressed in free and confident composition and colour. New oil paintings and other oils and woodblock prints are on show.

Capturing moments from beneath the sky, be it the joy of fresh flowers, an adder basking in the spring sunshine or redwings about to take flight from a berry laden hedgerow; Matt’s paintings are visual poems on nature.

The exhibition continues until
Thursday 17th April.

Little Gems 15-22 February, Mall Galleries, London

Oaks and Ivy      Carry Akroyd

Little Gems will bring together images from across the British Isles, featuring pockets of our glorious country. From landscapes to secluded scenes, Members of the Federation of British Artists will explore the gems of our land through print, pastel and paint.

The pictures will be small, emphasising the feeling of discovery, providing ‘picture postcard’ works that are accessible in price and easy to carry home.
All works are for sale and a selection are available to browse and buy online at Mall Galleries.
Exhibition open 15-22 February, 10am to 5pm
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1   Admission Free
Ringed Plover      Michael Warren

Stamford Arts Centre from 12th-28th November 2013


This exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre runs until 28th November. Inspired by  the title ‘Living on the Edge’ the artists have provided text that gives an insight into each work and the issues surrounding the subject they have depicted.


sparrowhawk on feral pigeon  monoprint   


Bilhook Badger  Welded Found Objects    Harriet Mead


Sleepy Tawny Owl  Woodcut    Matt Underwood

The Natural Eye, 50th Anniversary Exhibition

The Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Natural Eye exhibition is our annual show and it was opened in style by Sir David Attenborough. London’s Mall Galleries was packed for the opening on Wednesday 30th October, and the guests were captivated by the speech given by Sir David.


The queue for the Private View      Copyright Mall Galleries


Sir David Attenborough being introduced by Harriet Mead     

Sir David spoke about how art can communicate to a wide audience and can help nurture a delight in the natural world, which is the ethos behind the SWLA.

There are over 330 catalogued works on show at the exhibition and a further 200 unframed pieces in the Out of the Frame room. The Out of the Frame room shows some of our artist’s projects and gives an insight into the varied ways of working that our members employ. The Out of the Frame room this year showcases the work of Matt Underwood who visited the French Alps, Michael Warren who has spent 25 years regularly visiting a gravel pit reserve to document the birds, and Carl Ellis who has produced a captivating body of work studying fish in his local rivers.

Out of the Frame room      Matt Underwood


Out of the Frame room      Michael Warren and Carl Ellis


The show closes on Sunday 10th November at 1pm.

Common Terns  Woodcut    Robert Greenhalf


Red Squirrel  Bronze    Adam Binder


Big Turns and Little Terns  Serigraph    Carry Akroyd


Hammer Horn Giraffe  Found object steel    Harriet Mead