The Natural Eye 2019

Eiders by Chris Rose SWLA

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the SWLA is open from Thursday 24th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019 10am to 5pm (closes at 1pm on final day).

The exhibition has over 370 catalogued works including paintings, drawings, original prints and sculpture.  To see a selection of work available to buy please click here.

There will be a display of work from a recent artists’ residency to the Wadden Sea region of Denmark. The eleven SWLA artists spent a week looking at this key habitat and UNESCO World Heritage site, the resulting sketches and fieldwork will be in the Out of the Frame room in the North Galleries. In addition there will be field work from four recipients of the John Busby Seabird Drawing course bursary and two other bursary displays from artist’s individual projects.

Most days an SWLA artist will be in the galleries to talk to visitors. On Thursday 24th there will be a painting demonstration by Richard Allen SWLA and a sculpture demonstration by Simon Griffiths SWLA.

High Tide Lapwings by Richard Allen SWLA

Kestrel by Simon Griffiths ASWLA


There is a portfolio day on Thursday 24th October, so that artists inspired by the natural world can bring sketchbooks and examples of their work for advice and comment from senior artists attending that day. No appointment necessary.

Meet the Artists Stewarding Rota

Thursday 24th October- Kittie Jones, Julia Manning, Harriet Mead, Chris Rose
Friday 25th October Max Angus
Saturday 26th October – Peter Partington
Sunday 27th October – Richard Jarvis
Tuesday 29th October – Carry Akroyd, Harriet Mead (afternoon)
Thursday 31st October – Brin Edwards
Saturday 2nd November- Bob Greenhalf


Spoon backed Egret by Harriet Mead PSWLA

Ptarmigan pastel by John Threlfall SWLA


Red Deer Stags by Nick Bibby