Become a friend


The SWLA Friends scheme was set up to encourage involvement from people who have an interest in art and the natural world. Funds raised from the Friends’ support will help to ensure that the SWLA continues to offer bursaries and opportunities for young and emerging artists and will enable the Society to explore new relationships between artists and conservation organisations. In the 20 years since its inception our Bursary scheme has awarded over 80 bursaries to artists who have needed support with a project or help with new skills and techniques for their artistic development.

Currently we offer places on the Seabird Drawing Course, accept applications for general bursary proposals and are proud to announce that the Wildlife Trusts are re-launching their Underwater Art Award that allows an artist to learn to dive so that they can make work in response to the marine life off our UK coasts. The BTO/SWLA Migration Project is an exciting collaboration that shows how artists can work with conservation organisations to help bring conservation stories and issues to a much wider audience. With your support we can expand on these opportunities and increase our projects so that the enthusiasm, expertise and talents of our artists can go even further.

Become a Friend of the SWLA and not only will you be helping to nurture artists inspired by the natural world you will also enjoy the following privileges-

1 Attend the private view of the annual exhibition and enjoy a buffet lunch

2 Free entry to exhibitions and lectures arranged by the Society and admit a limited number of guests

3 Receive a Friends newsletter biannually*

4 Opportunity to take part in studio visits of member artists

5 Receive discounts on events, workshops and courses offered by the SWLA

6 Friends will be entered into a ballot where a proportion of the subscriptions will be devoted to the purchase of a work from the annual exhibition. The successful Friend will be told the amount available (currently £250) and invited to select his or her work from the show.

SWLA Friends incur no liability for its management and will be admitted on the basis of an annual subscription of £20/£22 (dependent on method of payment).

*SWLA Newsletter – The Newsletter is published twice a year and covers a variety of topics relevant to the members of SWLA and the Friends. It includes reports from Bursary winners, articles on expeditions and interviews with member artists alongside such things as details on recently published books and forthcoming exhibitions of interest. Friends of SWLA are welcome to submit articles and notices for inclusion and may request back issues from the Secretary if these are still available.

If you would like to become a friend and for details of how to pay please click here.  SWLA Friends enrolment form