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

 

Ud i det blå – ‘the great outdoors’ – Field Painting course on Bornholm, with Ben Woodhams and Greg Poole – 9th -15th September

Ud i det blå – Field Painting course

(picture: Ben Woodhams) Ud i det blå – Field Painting course on Bornholm, with Greg Poole and Ben Woodhams, Sunday the 9th to Saturday the 15th September, 2018 The Course Drawing and painting outside can be both exhilarating and daunting. This course will use drawing as a way of ‘active looking’.

Ben has also been carrying out an inspiring mission to walk the length of Bornholm’s coastline, painting as he goes. He is updating his blog each week with the results.

www.benwoodhams.com

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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

The Natural Eye 2017

Red Admirals and passing Hobby by Darren Woodhead SWLA

The annual exhibition of The Society of Wildlife Artists opens to the public on Thursday 19th October and closes on Sunday 29th October at 1pm. Over 360 works by more than 100 artists inspired by the natural world are on show and includes printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and sculptures. To see a selection of work click here

There is a calendar of events including workshops, talks and ‘meet the artist’ days. Click here for more information on talks and portfolio days.

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.