The Natural Eye 2016
An online gallery of selected works can be found here.
Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award
Past winners of the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award, Chris Rose SWLA and Harriet Mead PSWLA, will give an informal illustrated talk about their diving experiences.
First established in 2007 the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award is a fantastic opportunity for an established artist to learn to dive and use their experiences and resulting art to publicise the plight of our marine habitats and the need for protected areas. The award is open to any artist with a passion for nature who wants to find out more about the astonishingly varied submerged landscapes around UK shores that are hidden beneath the waves. Chris Rose spent time exploring kelp beds off the Northumberland coast and Harriet Mead dived the chalk shoals in North Norfolk. This talk will give an insight into the challenges of drawing underwater and shows how they were inspired by the whole new world that they encountered.
The talk is on Wednesday 26th October at 2pm in the Learning Centre at Mall Galleries and is free. No booking is necessary but as places are limited, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
RSPB/SWLA Wallasea Island Project
SWLA artist Brin Edwards and Jeff Kew, Operations Manager Eastern Region RSPB will be giving an illustrated talk about the third SWLA/RSPB collaborative artist residency project at the Wallasea Island Reserve, which took place in October 2016.
The talk is at 3pm on Thursday 27th October in the Learning Centre at Mall Galleries and is free. No booking is necessary but as places are limited, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Six artists spent three days on the site observing and drawing wildlife in the newly landscaped habitat at this major new Essex reserve. The aim of the Wallasea Island Reserve is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. It will also help to compensate for the loss of such tidal habitats elsewhere in England.
The artists involved are: Kittie Jones SWLA, Brin Edwards SWLA, Ben Woodhams SWLA, Richard Allen ASWLA, Nik Pollard SWLA, Greg Poole SWLA