Wildlife Trusts Undersea Wildlife Art Award



I was lucky enough to be given the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Wildlife Art Award which was set up to celebrate the abundant life off the coast of the UK. I chose to explore the recently discovered chalk shoal off the North Norfolk coast. My diving training went smoothly but I only had the opportunity to dive at the end of September. These are my first attempts at drawing 5m underwater during my first ever sea dive. My drawings and subsequent sculptures will be on display at this year’s exhibition The Natural Eye that runs from 1st-11th November at the Mall Galleries in London.

Harriet Mead

Crabs and lobster

Shore Crab, Edible Crab and Lobster

SWLA 2012 Curwen Studio Prize

The SWLA is thrilled to announce a new opportunity for exhibiting artists at The Natural Eye 2012. The artist awarded the Curwen Studio Prize is given a day at the renowned studio working with one of their printmakers exploring the options available within lithographic original printmaking. The value of the prize is £1000 and covers the cost of the day and includes all materials along with the opportunity to show a finished lithograph at the Curwen’s partnership gallery, Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden. A selected lithograph will also be displayed at The Natural Eye 2013 which will be the 50th Anniversary of the SWLA. The winner will be selected from the 2012 exhibition by a representative of the Curwen Studio and two senior members of the SWLA.

Established in 1958 the Curwen Studio has recently changed hands and is now owned by Jenny Roland, daughter of co-founder Robert Simon, along with partners Nicole Langstaff who has been associated with the studio for the past ten years, and Jill Hutchings owner of the Curwen and New Academy galleries.


The SWLA is proud to offer a new prize aimed at celebrating working from life. The Langford Press Field Sketches Award will be given to any artist, any age, who shows a fundamental understanding of the subject through their work in the field. The subject has to be of wildlife but this could encompass back garden nature just as much as exotic expedition work. The judges are looking for a body of work that captures the essence of the subject which has been drawn from life. We are not looking for studio work.

Open to any one who is inspired by the natural world, the work will be judged by Ian Langford and two senior members of the SWLA. The winner will be announced at the private view of The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. The winner will receive £250 and the choice of 10 titles from the stunning range of publications from Langford Press. A selection of the sketches from the winner will be displayed at the exhibition.

Applications close on October 10th. For an application form go to http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/index.php?pid=349 

Painting Wild Scotland Bursary – deadline approaching

There are only a few days left to apply for the Painting Wild Scotland Bursary. This chance to spend a week honing your field work skills in the stunning Scottish landscape with SWLA artists Darren Rees and Chris Rose is open to young and emerging artists. For more information and to download an application form click on Bursaries on the tool bar.