The Natural Eye 2018, the 55th annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists

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 workshops, talks and a portfolio day. Details will be published on this site in due course.

EXHIBITION DATES 2018

Private View Wednesday 24th October

Open to the public: Thursday 25 October, 10am – 5pm

Closes: Sunday 4 November, 1pm

AWARDS/PRIZES

  • Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award (£1000 plus Swarovski optics)
  • Terravesta Prize
  • The RSPB Award
  • Birdscapes Gallery Conservation Award
  • Dry Red Press Printmaker’s Award

The Art of Migration, Birdscapes Gallery Norfolk

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

 

Kingcombe Meadows Project exhibition – 28th March to 5th April 2018

Kingcombe by Carry Akroyd

In 2017 the Dorset Wildlife Trust celebrated 30 years of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, a beautiful mosaic of unimproved pasture, wildflower meadows, woodland and ancient hedgerows in the heart of the rolling hills and vales of the southwest. The Trust invited SWLA members to respond to this nationally important nature reserve. Exhibited in the Main Barn will be artwork by SWLA members Carry Akroyd, Robert Greenhalf, Simon Griffiths, Richard Jarvis, Harriet Mead, Antonia Phillips, Nik Pollard, Greg Poole, and Matt Underwood.

Kingcombe Meadows Project
Dorset Wildlife Trust,
The Kingcombe Centre
Toller Porcorum
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0EQ
Wednesday 28th March to Thursday 5th April 2018

Barn Owl by Simon Griffiths

SWLA/SOC exhibition ‘On Migration’ 17th February-4th April 2018

John Threlfall
Black Tailed Godwits

The Society of Wildlife Artists’s will be holding an exhibition in the SOC’s Donald Watson Gallery, 17th February-4th April 2018. Donald was a founder member of the SWLA and 2018 is the centenary of his birth. The gallery also had very close associations with John Busby, another founder member.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Society’s work in a new part of the UK and the exhibition will showcase a broad range of contemporary wildlife art with particular focus on some of the recent projects that the Society has been involved with, including the BTO’s Flight Lines book, illustrated by members of the SWLA.

The Donald Watson Gallery
Scottish Ornithologists Club
Waterston House
Aberlady
East Lothian
EH32 0PY
17th February to 4th April 2018
Open 7 days a week 10am-4pm Free Entry
There will also be workshops to coincide with the exhibition including:
Birds in Watercolour
with Darren Woodhead SWLA
March 4th 2018 10 am to 3.30 pm
and
Birds on the Page-Composition and Picture Making
with Kittie Jones SWLA and John Threlfall SWLA
March 24th 2018 10 am to 3.30 pm
Both workshops £35 for SOC members and SWLA Friends,£40 for non members. Materials not included. Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee supplied. Book with SOC on 01875 871330

New Art Prize

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.

The Natural Eye exhibition events


 

 Events during The Natural Eye exhibition 2017 are generously sponsored by Terravesta, pioneers of sustainable energy from miscanthus.

All events are held at Mall Galleries, London SW1 admission charge to the exhibition £4 (concessions £2.50)

Thursday 19th October Portfolio Day

Bring your own work for appraisal. SWLA members including Harriet Mead and Kittie Jones will be available to discuss sketchbooks and portfolios of non-member artists.  11am-3pm in the main gallery.

Friday 20th October Portfolio Day

Bring your own work for appraisal. SWLA member Darren Rees will be available to discuss sketchbooks and portfolios of non-member artists.  11am-2pm in the main gallery.

Friday 20th October Terravesta illustrated talk:

Ice Bound by Darren Rees

Darren Rees talks about his experience as Artist in Residence on board the Royal Navy ice breaker HMS Protector. The five week trip to the Antarctic waters was organised by the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute and Darren has just brought out his book, Ice Bound, about the project. 2pm Learning Centre.

Tuesday 24th October Terravesta illustrated talk:

Welding Wildlife by Harriet Mead

Harriet Mead will talk about her work and give an insight into how she approaches making her distinctive sculptures from old tools. 3pm Learning Centre.

Friday 27th October BTO illustrated talk: Flight Lines by Mike Toms

Mike Toms of the British Trust for Ornithology will be giving a talk about the BTO/SWLA Flight Lines Project – a major collaboration between the BTO and the SWLA involving many artists. The Flight Lines book, published this year, highlights through art and narrative the challenges that migrant birds face and brings to a wider audience the research and conservation work that is being done to help them. 3pm Learning Centre. To reserve a place click here.

Society of Wildlife Artists – Meet the Members

Members of the SWLA will be on hand throughout this year’s Annual Exhibition to meet and greet visitors:

Thursday 19 October (all day) – Harriet Mead and Kittie Jones

Thursday 19 October (afternoon only) – Brin Edwards

Friday 20 October (all day) – Richard Johnson

Sunday 22 October (all day) – Richard Tratt

Tuesday 24 October (all day) – Harriet Mead

Thursday 26 October (all day) – Robert Greenhalf

Friday 27 October (all day) – Michael Hampton

Saturday 28 October (all day) – David Parry

Sunday 29 October (morning only) – Richard Allen