10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

29 October 2015 to 8 November 2015
Main Gallery, North Gallery & Threadneedle Space

Admission: £3, Concession £2.50, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, SWLA Friends, National Art Pass Holders and under 18s.

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. The open exhibition shows a wide range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield. The different approaches to the subject ensures a delightful mix of the detailed to the more abstract in many different media including oils, watercolours, pastels, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.  

Many of our artists set great store by understanding their subject and working from life. This is reflected in the major SWLA collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, showing fieldwork from our artists depicting summer migrants in the UK, and the collaboration with the RSPB to document the creation of a major new wetland reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex.

Chris Rose, winner of the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award will display work inspired by his experiences diving off the UK coast. The SWLA’s support of emerging artists continues by awarding bursaries to attend the Seabird Drawing Course in Scotland, the latest three recipients will have selected work on show.

There will be a number of events held during the exhibition including artist’s talks, portfolio day and printmaking workshops. For more details, visit: www.swla.co.uk



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Exhibiting artists

Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition


Brown Trout in clear water

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.3 x 73 cm, SOLD

Rising Trout

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £600

River Wye Brownies 1

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £700

River Wye Brownies 2

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £700

River Wye Grayling 1

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £500

River Wye Grayling 2

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £550

Shallow Water Trout

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £750

Territorial Trout

Carl Ellis SWLA
Watercolour over pastel drawings, 52.5 x 73 cm, £650

Blue-green twist

John Foker SWLA
Oil, 17 x 28 cm, £450


John Foker SWLA
Oil, 34 x 25 cm, £450

Fieldfare in Rowan

John Foker SWLA
Oil, 23 x 24 cm, £450

In the ley crop

John Foker SWLA
Oil, 29 x 53 cm, £580
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Quayside Kittiwakes

John Foker SWLA
Watercolour, 37 x 34 cm, £380

Shuffling the tide

John Foker SWLA
Oil, 18 x 33 cm, £450

Common Terns, Varanger, Norway

Federico Gemma SWLA
Watercolour, 57.5 x 89.5 cm, £750

Dunlin and reflection, Orbetello Lagoon, Tuscany

Federico Gemma SWLA
Watercolour, 49 x 68 cm, £600

House Sparrows and Collared Doves sketches - diptych

Federico Gemma SWLA
Pencil and watercolour, 65 x 48.5 cm, £520

Kestrel on Aleppo Pine, Giannutri Island, Tuscany

Federico Gemma SWLA
Pencil and charcoal, 57 x 44.5 cm, £420

Pine Marten, Elba Island, Tuscany

Federico Gemma SWLA
Watercolour, 43 x 61.5 cm, SOLD

Purple Heron, Piedmont

Federico Gemma SWLA
Watercolour, 52 x 40 cm, £320

Wildebeest, Serengeti, Tanzania

Federico Gemma SWLA
Watercolour, 53 x 53 cm, £550


Martin Gibbons
Watercolour, 30 x 42 cm, SOLD
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Abstract Auks

Simon Gillings
Ink, 30 x 20 cm, SOLD

Coral, tidal sculpture

Madeline Goold SWLA
Stone, 91.5 x 51 x 25 cm, £1,800

Fish stone

Madeline Goold SWLA
Stone, 61 x 46 x 10 cm, £1,800

Related events

Special event
29 October 2015 to 8 November 2015
SWLA members will be on hand in the gallery during the exhibition to offer insight and answer any questions about the Society
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Special event
29 October 2015
An illustrated talk by Darren Rees on his latest project, as Artist in Residence in Antarctica.
Artist Workshop
31 October 2015
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Special event
3 November 2015
An illustrated talk by Chris Rose SWLA on his latest work, based on his experiences as recipient of the SWLA Wildlife Trusts Diving Bursary.
Special event
6 November 2015
An illustrated talk by Carry Akroyd SWLA on the poetry of John Clare and how his words has influenced her work.
Artist Workshop
7 November 2015
Artist Workshop
8 November 2015
Workshop with Bruce Pearson SWLA and Greg Poole SWLA.