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

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Avocet field sketch

Richard Johnson SWLA
Watercolour, 43 x 53 cm, £400
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Black-headed Gull field sketch

Richard Johnson SWLA
Watercolour, 43 x 53 cm, £400
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Bluethroat studies

Richard Johnson SWLA
Watercolour, 57 x 75 cm, £325
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Male Cuckoo - Wicken

Richard Johnson SWLA
Watercolour, 79 x 99 cm, £900
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Male Stonechat - Burwell Fen

Richard Johnson SWLA
Watercolour, 75 x 57 cm, £700

Panting Gannet

Kittie Jones SWLA
Graphite, 76 x 56 cm, £795

St Abb's Shag

Kittie Jones SWLA
Mixed media, 55 x 39 cm, SOLD

The cleaver, St Abb's

Kittie Jones SWLA
Gouache, 37 x 26 cm, £420
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Rock Ptarmigan

Francisco Jose Hernandez Fernandez
Watercolour, 31 x 41 cm, £400

Pool movement, Herons and Egrets

Rachel Lockwood SWLA
Oil, 107 x 127 cm, SOLD

Watching the forest edge

Rachel Lockwood SWLA
Oil, 107 x 127 cm, £3,750

Island spring (Skokholm)

Julia Manning SWLA
Wood and linocut (ed. of 30, 20 available), 71 x 56 cm, £310 (£240 u/f)

The Gothercatcher's nest (Oystercatcher)

Julia Manning SWLA
Etching (ed. of 60, 55 available) , 77 x 66 cm, £320 (£240 u/f)
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The Sparrows Spider

Julia McKenzie
Etching (ed. of 30, 8 available), 30 x 25 cm, £275 (£160 u/f)
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Blade Goshawk

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, 36 x 26 x 46 cm, £4,000
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Carving Fork Lapwing

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, £1,950
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Mesh Roach

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, 11 x 28 x 4 cm, SOLD
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Sawblade Fox

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, NFS

Scissor Stone Curlew

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, 38 x 40 x 17, £2,750

Two hoe Hare

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, 38 x 28 x 19, SOLD
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Wisbech Hare

Harriet Mead PSWLA
Welded found objects, 11 x 28 x 4 cm, £3,000

'Snakes and Ladders' - Emerald Tree Boas

Jill Moger SWLA
Stoneware and mixed media, 78 x 27 cm, £2,000

Brazilian Horned Frog

Jill Moger SWLA
Stoneware, 18 x 21 cm, SOLD

Five Tokay Geckos on figure eight stonework

Jill Moger SWLA
Stoneware, £1,800
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Pod of baby Caiman Crocodiles

Jill Moger SWLA
Stoneware, 19 x 41 cm, £1,500

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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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An illustrated talk by Darren Rees on his latest project, as Artist in Residence in Antarctica.
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An illustrated talk by Chris Rose SWLA on his latest work, based on his experiences as recipient of the SWLA Wildlife Trusts Diving Bursary.
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An illustrated talk by Carry Akroyd SWLA on the poetry of John Clare and how his words has influenced her work.
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Artist Workshop
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Workshop with Bruce Pearson SWLA and Greg Poole SWLA.