Redwings by Kittie Jones


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
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 on the Page-Composition and Picture Making
with Kittie Jones SWLA and John Threlfall SWLA
March 24th 2018 10 am to 3.30 pm
Birds in Watercolour
with Darren Woodhead SWLA
date to be confirmed
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


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
29th March to 5th April 2018

Barn Owl by Simon Griffiths


The Birdscapes Gallery in Norfolk will be hosting an exhibition of SWLA members work from 28th April- 20th May 2018. Alongside work from SWLA members the exhibition will include selected work from the recent BTO/SWLA Flight Lines Project that documented the story of some of our migrating birds.

Nesting Swallows by Jane Smith


The annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists takes place at the Mall Galleries in London.

SWLA Buffet: Wednesday 18 October, 12 – 1:30pm 

Private View: Wednesday 18 October, 2 – 6pm

Open to the public: Thursday 19 October, 10am – 5pm

Closes: Sunday 29th October, 1pm

For details on submission and collection dates please visit the submissions page.


Thursday 19th October Portfolio Day

Bring your own work for appraisal. SWLA members including Harriet Mead, Chris Rose 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.

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) – Chris Rose 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

More details from  Darren Rees tel; 01786 870538. You do not have to be a Friend of the SWLA to attend.