The award is named in memory of the ornithologist, conservationist and publisher Ian Langford (1956-2017). Ian was passionate in his support of wildlife art and of the SWLA and particularly keen to encourage those artists working directly from nature.
Artists are invited to submit work for consideration for the £500 prize which will include displaying a selection of field sketches at The Natural Eye, Mall Galleries London in October. Overseas applications are accepted.
Extended Deadline is Friday 21st September.
For details on how to submit please click here.
Ptarmigan pastel by John Threlfall SWLA
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 artists demonstrations, talks and a portfolio day for which details will be published on this site in due course.
EXHIBITION DATES 2019
Private View Wednesday 23rd October
Open to the public: Thursday 24th October, 10am – 5pm
Closes: Sunday 3rd November, 1pm
The SWLA is extremely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters.
- Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award (£1000 plus Swarovski optics)
- Terravesta Prize (£2000)
- The RSPB Award (£500)
- Birdscapes Gallery Conservation Award (£750 split between the recipient and a conservation charity of their choice)
- Larson-Juhl Drawing Prize (£500 framing materials and an article in their magazine 4Walls)
- Mascot Media ‘Nature in Print’ Award: For the most original, unusual or effective interpretation of the natural world using traditional printmaking techniques. The winning artist will receive £200 and their choice of 10 current Mascot Media books
- Dry Red Press Printmaker’s Award
The Natural Eye exhibition 2019 is sponsored by
Terravesta, pioneers of sustainable energy from Miscanthus
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
(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.
Posts about KYST blog written by woodhamslund
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
Wednesday 28th March to Thursday 5th April 2018
Barn Owl by Simon Griffiths
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
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
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