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.

SWLA print workshops 2014 – update

Lino cuts - with Robert Greenhalf & Max Angus - Saturday 8th -November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm is now full.

*** NEW course added
- With Bruce Pearson and Greg Poole - Sunday 2nd November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
for full details please click here

There are still places available on
Monoprints - with Kim Atkinson & Greg Poole - Sunday 9th November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, see full details here
Workshops are sponsored by Intaglio printmaker of London

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 2014 Langford Press Field Sketches Award

The deadline for last entries will be 5.00pm Friday 10th October.
For full details click here.

SWLA print workshops 2014 – DRYPOINT

drypoint_1Drypoint - With Bruce Pearson and Greg Poole
Sunday 2nd November 2014 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique where lines and a variety of other marks are incised (scratched) into the surface of a printing plate which is then inked and wiped and an impression taken on dampened paper
Using sharp steel points, sandpaper, glue and carborundum powder to create a range of soft subtle lines, deeper more velvety burred-edged lines, and roughening and changing the texture of the thin plastic plate surface to add tonal variety, we will explore as much as we can of this expressive and exciting drawing medium.
Please bring an idea, a sketchy thought or a drawing to start the creative process on the day, and wearing an apron or old clothes is advisable.  Materials will be supplied, (plates, ink, scrim, paper, drypoint tools).
Cost £60 (including a £10 charge for materials)
8 places available
To book a place please mail

Workshops are sponsored by Intaglio printmaker of London

Exhibition in Buckden 18th-19th October 2014

Seven East Anglian members of the Society of Wildlife Artists will be displaying paintings, all of which will be available to purchase. The artists exhibiting are: Peter Partington, Robert Greenhalf, Brin Edwards, John Davis, Richard Allen, Bruce Pearson and Dafila Scott.
On Saturday 18th at 7-00pm there is a very special Wildlife Evening entitled “The Birds and the Butterflies”. Artist Peter Partington will give a talk on Birds and draw them ‘live’ (as recently seen live on BBC TV’s ‘ Springwatch Unsprung’) and local expert Nick Greatorex-Davies will give an illustrated talk on British Butterflies. Tickets are £8 and include a complimentary glass of wine. Box Office 01480-431037.
Profits will go to St Mary’s Church, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire and The Bob Scott Memorial Appeal for Trans-Saharan Birds.
Lastly, we have made sure that the children of Buckden will also get a chance to join in! Two classes at Buckden Primary School will get a Masterclass in how to draw birds by Peter Partington on Friday October 17th. They will then get drawing and an exhibition of their drawings will be held in St Mary’s Church on November 8th from 10-30am-4pm.

The 2014 Langford Press Field Sketches Award is open to entries!!!

Despite earlier confusion, the SWLA is pleased to announce that the Langford Press Field Sketches Award is running again this year and artists are invited to submit their field work for this great prize NOW! The deadline for last entries will be 5.00pm Friday 10th October. The Award is given to any artist of any age who shows a fundamental understanding of the subject through their work in the field.

The subject has to be of wildlife but this could encompass back garden nature just as much as exotic expedition work. The judges are looking for a body of work (maximum of eight pieces) that captures the essence of the subject which has been drawn from life. We are not looking for studio work. Open to any one who is inspired by the natural world, the work will be judged by Ian Langford and two senior members of the SWLA. The winner will be announced at the private view of The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

Please click on the link below to complete the form for the Langford Press Field Sketches Award.