Carry Akroyd SWLA
Inspired by urban wildlife? Why not submit to this open exhibition which will be taking place at Stamford Arts Centre in Lincolnshire from 5th-21st November? The opening will coincide with the New Networks for Nature Symposium. The show is themed around wildlife in urban settings so includes all flora and fauna. The submissions need to show the context of the creatures and plants that make their home in towns and cities.
Submissions close on the 4th September.
For more information click here.
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 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.
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.
Ceramicist Jill Moger has a beautiful new book out on her intricately sculpted work. Lavishly illustrated it not only has a wonderful collection of examples of her pieces but also show the process involved. Available from Langford Press and via Jill’s own website the book is priced at £38. There is a launch and accompanying exhibition at Nature in Art from 16th September to 12th October.
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