The exhibition is held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and runs from Thursday 25th October to Sunday 4th November and includes over 350 catalogued works plus unframed project work in the Out of the Frame room. The catalogue and selected works are available to view here.
On 25th October at 12.30 there will be an informal talk by Jill Moger SWLA about her extraordinary ceramic sculpture of a hydrothermal vent. Jill will chat about what Hydrothermal vents are and the life forms that thrive on and around them and give an insight into how she went about creating the piece.
Harriet Mead PSWLA will give a short informal tour of the show on Thursday 25th October at 2.30 pm.
Kittie Jones SWLA will be happy to discuss artist’s portfolios on Friday 26th October.
Meet the Artists
There will be a member artist available most days to answer questions.
Thursday 25 October – Julia Manning and Jane Smith
Friday 26 October – Kittie Jones
Monday 29 October – Robert Greenhalf
Wednesday 31 October – Chris Wallbank and Richard Allen
Friday 2 November – Max Angus
Sat 3 November – Peter Partington
Leopard and Carmine Bee-eaters by Greg Poole SWLA
The award is named in memory of the ornithologist, conservationist and publisher Ian Langford (1956-2017). Ian was passionate in his support of wildlife art and of the SWLA and particularly keen to encourage those artists working directly from nature.
Artists are invited to submit work for consideration for the £500 prize which will include displaying a selection of field sketches at The Natural Eye, Mall Galleries London in October. Overseas applications are accepted.
Extended Deadline is Friday 21st September.
For details on how to submit please click here.
Ptarmigan pastel by John Threlfall SWLA
The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists showcases the very best of fine art inspired by the natural world. Renowned for displaying a wide ranging collection of exciting and thought provoking work including sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing there will always be something to delight and inspire you. The Out of the Frame room celebrates the tradition of working from life and will show a selection of field sketches and project work from member artists. Each day a member artist will be at the gallery to meet visitors and share their experiences of creating their work. Alongside the exhibition our events will include artists demonstrations, talks and a portfolio day for which details will be published on this site in due course.
EXHIBITION DATES 2019
Private View Wednesday 23rd October
Open to the public: Thursday 24th October, 10am – 5pm
Closes: Sunday 3rd November, 1pm
The SWLA is extremely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters.
- Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award (£1000 plus Swarovski optics)
- Terravesta Prize (£2000)
- The RSPB Award (£500)
- Birdscapes Gallery Conservation Award (£750 split between the recipient and a conservation charity of their choice)
- Larson-Juhl Drawing Prize (£500 framing materials and an article in their magazine 4Walls)
- Mascot Media ‘Nature in Print’ Award: For the most original, unusual or effective interpretation of the natural world using traditional printmaking techniques. The winning artist will receive £200 and their choice of 10 current Mascot Media books
- Dry Red Press Printmaker’s Award
The Natural Eye exhibition 2019 is sponsored by
Terravesta, pioneers of sustainable energy from Miscanthus
Male Cuckoo, Wicken by Richard Johnson
The Society of Wildlife Artists and the British Trust for Ornithology have joined forces in following our summer visitors, such as cuckoos, on their long incredible journeys from Britain to their wintering grounds in Africa and back. The scientific research undertaken and the amazing information and resulting artwork feature in the highly readable book Flight Lines by the BTO’s Mike Toms. Originals from the book and other works on the theme of migration, including those birds which travel huge distances to Britain from further north for our winter make up this fascinating exhibition.
Midday Saturday April 28th to May 20th 2018
The Birdscapes Gallery, Glandford, nr Holt NR25 7JP
Tel 01263741742 Open daily 11.am-5pm
Red Admirals and passing Hobby by Darren Woodhead SWLA
The annual exhibition of The Society of Wildlife Artists opens to the public on Thursday 19th October and closes on Sunday 29th October at 1pm. Over 360 works by more than 100 artists inspired by the natural world are on show and includes printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and sculptures. To see a selection of work click here
There is a calendar of events including workshops, talks and ‘meet the artist’ days. Click here for more information on talks and portfolio days.
The Terravesta Art Prize
The SWLA is delighted to announce that Terravesta, the pioneering UK business creating sustainable energy from miscanthus, is to sponsor ‘The Natural Eye’ the Society’s annual exhibition which runs at Mall Galleries, London, from 19-29th October 2017. As part of the sponsorship, Terravesta has created a new £2,000 prize for the best work exhibited.
“We are very pleased to be supporting the SWLA and The Natural Eye,” said William Cracroft-Eley, chairman of Terravesta. “We are passionate about the environment and sustainable agriculture both here in the UK and elsewhere, so it is a natural fit to become involved with the Society in this way.”
Terravesta’s sponsorship of the Natural Eye will make a real difference to the exhibition, facilitating a raft of activities to make the event even more attractive for both visitors and artists. The creation of a major prize is an additional benefit and is particularly welcome.
The Natural Eye shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. The open exhibition includes a wide range of contemporary work from both SWLA members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether close to home or further afield. The different approaches to the subject ensure a delightful mix of the detailed to the more abstract in many different media including oils, watercolours, pastels, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.
“The work exhibited in previous years has been magnificent so we’re excited to see the final selection for the 2017 show,” added Cracroft-Eley. “I know that the choice of a ‘best in show’ exhibit for the Terravesta Prize is going to be extremely difficult.”
Terravesta works with farmers to grow miscanthus which it can process to produce sustainable, high quality fuel and energy. The company’s mission is to establish miscanthus as the UK’s no.1 home-grown biomass resource and it is developing new initiatives ranging from added value energy products to fully self-contained heat supply systems to support this. Terravesta aspires to be a leader in the responsible and economic evolution of sustainability grown and processed energy crops. www.terravesta.com
To find out more about free events and talks supported by Terravesta please click here.