The Royal Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Open Exhibition, 2015
The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Open Exhibition, Private View
Mall Galleries, London
28th October, 2015
I was delighted to attend the Private View of the SWLA at the Mall Galleries in London yesterday. This time I was thrilled to have a painting selected of the ducklings that took up residence on our pond this Spring. The exhibition showed an eclectic array of pieces across varied media but all held one thing in common: a true celebration of the natural world and its wildlife. Again, there was a tangible warmth to the gathering punctuated with Simon Barnes’ point that hope and conservation seemed to dwell at the core of the exhibition.
This is reflected in the major SWLA collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, showing fieldwork from their 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.
The standard of work was high and of particular note were those works completed by children. Congratulations to the prize winners and to the organisers for such a beautifully curated show.
Here is a very small selection of those works that caught my eye.