The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course bursaries 2018

seabird-drawing-2018The SWLA offers 3 bursaries for places on The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course 2018. The next week long course is to be held in June 2018  at seabird colonies around Dunbar and the Firth of Forth. Course leaders Darren Woodhead, Greg Poole & Kittie Jones along with guest tutor TBA  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 28 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
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.

  1. 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).
  2.  Five hundred words about the experience on the course for use in the newsletter, catalogue and website along with good quality scans/photos of artwork (300dpi minimum) to accompany the write up . Photos, especially of bursary winners at work, or showing their course experience are also helpful. Please email these to . These should ideally be supplied by the end of July immediately following the course (see submissions page) so that they can be used for exhibition publicity/catalogue, as well as helping to advertise the following years bursaries.
  3. Up to 6 additional framed pieces may be submitted as non members (see submissions page). The link below should give extra details including prices.

Society of Wildlife Artists | Mall Galleries

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Society of Wildlife Artists How to Submit ALL work must be submitted online.

Please click here for the APPLICATION FORM