The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course

The SWLA offers 2/3 bursaries for places on The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course. The next week long course is to be held in June 2017  at seabird colonies around North Berwick and the Firth of Forth. Course leaders Darren Woodhead, Greg Poole & Kittie Jones along with guest tutor Kim Atkinson  will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on drawing and painting in the field.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside (usually around 20) established and enthusiastic artists and get an insight into the diverse approaches that those artists have to working in the field.
NB. John Busby set up the seabird drawing course 25 years ago and although many SWLA  members have been involved, it is an independent course and open to all. The course relies heavily on the administration and support of Mark Boyd.  If you would like to apply to go on the course independently please write to Mark on


What the bursary provides 

The current bursary is £550 per person, divided as follows;
Course fee (£330). The course fee will be paid directly by SWLA.
The remaining £220 will be paid shortly before the course and the applicant can either use this for boat trips (£30/trip, ranging from none to 3 or 4) and/or towards accommodation.

Requirements to be met by bursary winners

  1. Examples of field work made on the course should be delivered to the Mall galleries well in advance of the hanging day of the annual exhibition (see submissions page). These are typically arranged in  display cabinets.
  2. One framed piece given free entry to the exhibition. Tutors will be happy to advise on what might work best in the exhibition. This should be delivered to the Mall galleries for receiving days (see submissions page).

3.       Five hundred words about the experience on the course for use in the newsletter, catalogue and website. Photos would also be welcome (especially of bursary winners at work). Please email these to . These should ideally be supplied by the end of August  (see submissions page) so that they can be used for exhibition publicity/catalogue, as well as helping to advertise the following years bursaries.

4.      Up to 6 additional framed pieces may be submitted as non members (see submissions page).

Society of Wildlife Open Exhibition Call for Entries

The Society of Wildlife Artists seeks submissions of work that depicts wildlife subjects and evoke the spirit of the natural world.

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Please click here for the application form. The deadline for submissions for the 2017 course is 7th October 2016.