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


Short-eared Owl landed near digger

Greg Poole SWLA
Monotype, £550
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Spanish dancer II

Bill Prickett
Sweet chestnut burr on granite, 20 x 26 cm, £1,850

Gannets and Surf, Ramsey Sound

Alastair Proud SWLA
Oil, 60 x 90 cm, £5,850
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Goshawk brooding in rain

Alastair Proud SWLA
Oil, 26 x 33 cm, £1,250
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Ohhhh ohhh

Yvette Rawson
Wire and textiles, 22 x 30 cm, £575

Loitering with intent

Watercolour, 22.5 x 38 cm, SOLD

Parish lamps lit

Watercolour, 22.5 x 38 cm, £575

Antarctic Shags, North Point, Rothera

Darren Rees SWLA
Watercolour, 27 x 36 cm, £450

Belugas and ice shelf, Svalbard

Darren Rees SWLA
Acrylic, 36 x 80 cm, £1,750

Crested Aucklets, St Paul

Darren Rees SWLA
Watercolour, 27 x 36 cm, £550

Gentoos at Port Lockroy

Darren Rees SWLA
Watercolour, 27 x 36 cm, SOLD

King colony

Darren Rees SWLA
Acrylic, 65 x 100 cm, £3,500

Kings on the grass

Darren Rees SWLA
Watercolour, 27 x 36 cm, £450

Rock and Imperial Shags, Mare Harbour

Darren Rees SWLA
27 x 36 cm, £450

White fox, Svalbard

Darren Rees SWLA
Watercolour, 27 x 36 cm, SOLD


Deborah Richards
Monoprint, 32 x 28 cm, £395

St Mary's Seals

Chris Rose SWLA
Oil, 112 x 107 cm, £6,500
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Hatching Turtle

Amelia Saint George
Solid silver (ed. of 22, 21 available), 4 x 6.5 cm, £1,850
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Hibernating Dormouse

Amelia Saint George
Silver (ed. of 22, 20 available), 6 x 5 cm, £2,100
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Arctic Tern

Louise Scammell
Lithograph (ed. of 10, 7 available), 61 x 46 cm, £240 (£140 u/f)


Louise Scammell
Lithograph/relief print (ed. of 10, 9 available), 61 x 48 cm , £240 (£140 u/f)

Cranes on the fen

Dafila Scott SWLA
Pastel, 38 x 76 cm, £720

Giant Eagle Owl, Kalahari

Dafila Scott SWLA
Pastel, 57 x 38 cm, SOLD

Otter on the shore

Dafila Scott SWLA
Oil, 51 x 76 cm, £940

Red Hartebeest on a red dune

Dafila Scott SWLA
Pastel, 38 x 76 cm, £720

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.