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

The Artist Magazine – article by Chris Rose

Chris Rose has an article about his work in the June issue of The Artist out now. The article includes a step-by-step demonstration of a studio oil painting along with details of the materials and pigments that he uses.

Keith Shackleton MBE

It is with great sadness  we announce that founder SWLA member and former president of the society Keith Shackleton MBE died on Friday 17th April.

Keith was a brilliant painter and article-1339838053551-13a2aa74000005dc-299762_457x650he was a great  inspiration to many of us within the society. A master of the stormy sea and of the icebound lanscapes of Antarctica he also served as president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. As a conservationist he helped Sir Peter Scott in setting up the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, of which he was vice-president, and he gave huge support to wildlife conservation in the Antarctic. Painter, wildlife conservationist, televison presenter, pilot, internationally acclaimed yachtsman; his list of acheivements is too long to list here and there will be a full obituary to him in a newsletter later this year.

For those who knew him he was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humour and an often mischievously witty turn of phrase; a great raconteur who had a seemingly endless fund of stories and anecdotes, drawn from  a rich life filled with enviably fascinating adventures. He was a modest, self-deprecating man with infinite charm – he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his wife, Jacqueline, and to all of his family.

Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award

This year’s award had been given to Chris Rose, who is hoping to complete his dive training in May and to take his open water dives this summer in the proposed new Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) of Coquet to St. Mary’s on the coast of North East Northumberland. He is currently practicing his swimming!

Tweet of the Day illustrated by Carry Akroyd



Carry Akroyd spent last winter illustrating ‘Tweet of the Day’ – the Radio 4 series adapted into a book by Stephen Moss and Brett Westwood, which was published in April 2014. For the book Carry made 248 black-and-white mini-vignettes of the featured birds , and 36 colour pages, as well as the cover. Some of the colour pieces were included in the annual exhibition at the Mall in November.










Carry raised money for the Wildlife Trusts by having a draw for the original vignettes at the Trust’s HQ in Cambourne. Each vignette was a beautifully designed piece made from black paper cut and mounted to create the image.


The Natural Eye 2014

The annual exhibition of the SWLA is held at Mall Galleries, London from 30th October to 9th November. There will be over 350 works on show from both members and non members. See a selection of the work that will be on display.

For information about the program of events, workshops and talks held during the show please click here.

This year the Out of the Frame room will feature work from the BTO/SWLA Artists to Africa Project. In January four SWLA artists were sent to Senegal to look at the wintering grounds of many of our summer migrant birds and create work in response to the experience. The project will continue with artists visiting the summer breeding grounds in the UK. The artists: Robert Greenhalf, Bruce Pearson, Greg Poole and Esther Tyson will be talking about the experience on Saturday 1st November at the Mall Galleries. Dr Phil Atkinson from the BTO will also give an insight into the science and techniques involved including the satellite tagging of cuckoos. For more details and for booking information please click here.

Greg Poole

Greg Poole

Robert Greenhalf

Robert Greenhalf

Esther Tyson

Esther Tyson

Bruce Pearson

Bruce Pearson


The SWLA has a full diary of events, workshops and talks held during the annual exhibition. Among others you can learn about the BTO/SWLA Artists to Africa trip as part of the migration project looking at the journeys of our summer migrants, take part in a printmaking workshop or bring your portfolio for feedback from senior artists. Click here for more information and details on how to book.