© Dafila Scott
© Dafila Scott

The Society’s Aims

The Society of Wildlife Artists is a registered charity that seeks to generate an appreciation of and delight in the natural world through all forms of fine art based on or representing the world’s wildlife.

Through exhibitions and publications of fine art, the Society aims to further an awareness of the importance of conservation in order to maintain the variety of the world’s ecosystems and its wildlife.

The Society also supports and promotes arts-based objectives of other conservation and wildlife charities.

Through bursary schemes, the Society has been able to help young artists keen to develop their knowledge and skills in wildlife art with awards of up to £750 towards travel, education or the cost of materials.

The focus of the Society’s year is the annual exhibition, The Natural Eye, featuring all art media. This is an open exhibition and is held in October/​November at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. It is a showcase for the very best of art inspired by the natural world. Included with the work of members from the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Russia is that of successful Bursary applicants, as well as a large selection of work from non-members. The Natural Eye is considered the foremost event in the British wildlife art calendar.