Pytel is an internationally renowned metal sculptor of birds and animalier. His works include the Jubilee Fountain beneath Big Ben and ‘Take Off’, a monumental piece at Birmingham Airport depicting egrets. Born in Poland, he has an instantly recognisable style. This display includes metal and bronze sculptures and prints.
Now in its fifty-fifth instalment, see the winning images from the very latest annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography selected from 48000 entries from 100 countries. The competition is owned and operated by the Natural History Museum.
See images from the show here
Founded in 1993, Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration specialises in botanical illustration as distinct from flower painting. It includes a number of RHS medal winners in its ranks. This show includes works in pencil, ink and watercolour. See members at work everyday. On show in the Atrium of our Education Centre.
An illustrated talk by Julian Hight
Come on a tour of Britain’s ancient forest told through its surviving ancient trees. From the wildwood, through working woodlands and royal forests, enclosed deer parks and landscaped manorial estates to modern plantation forestry and rewilding, this talk recounts the little told tale of an evolving landscape shaped by its wildlife, people and their relationship with trees – many of which survive as living links to Britain’s rich and ancient history. As well as being an ancient tree specialist and nature lover, Julian Hight is a designer, photographer and musician, so his talk will also feature original music written and recorded by him reflecting seasons in the forest, with forest sounds recorded through the year weaved in to produce a unique forest soundtrack.Copies of Julian’s latest book ‘Britain’s Ancient Forest, legacy and lore’, will be available on the night.Free access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm. Talk starts c8.10pm. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.
An illustrated talk by Philip Mugridge ARPS
Philip is a very experienced and widely travelled nature photographer. Iceland is one of his favourite photographic haunts which he has visited multiple times. This talk will reveal why he loves it so much! Its spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring geological features (including many active volcanoes) mean this is an inspirational place for the nature photographer, particularly when coupled with some fantastic bird life. (Iceland is the only place in Europe where some species breed). Whether you are a nature lover or adventurer, practicing photographer or armchair traveller, do join us for this entertaining and fascinating evening. Free access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm followed by talk c.8.10pm. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.
Diverse responses by 11 artists to the natural world. While some are environmental warnings or calls to action, others include threats to endangered species, the damage caused by fracking, the preciousness of the air we breathe,the remarkable way trees and fungi connect and signals given by the markings of animals.
To coincide with Earth Day, see exhibits throughout the museum exploring the theme of extinction. With a gallery of works by Tom Van Herrewege reminding us of the diversity being lost, go on to see other paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting species that already are, or one day, may not be with us anymore.
A collection of works by members of the British Woodcarvers Association who are carrying on a tradition that throughout history and across the world has been an important part of man’s creative endeavour. See a broad range of nature inspired work, using a variety of woods and techniques. Meet members most days.
An illustrated talk by Jozette Khimba
The world is in climate and ecological crisis, not least because of what has become known as ecocide (large-scale systematic destruction of the natural living world) which is legally permitted. Current regulations simply do not stop the harm. The co-founder of StopEcocide, PollyHiggins, believed that the most effective way to see this trend reversed is to make ecocide an international crime, a proposal she presented to the UN Law Commission in 2010. Polly, an eminent lawyer who sadly died last Easter Sunday, spent the last decade making the word ‘ecocide’ globally understood by giving talks, advising governments and making documentaries. Along the way she inspired thousands, from parliamentarians to ecologists and from lawyers to artists. Her vision lives on and has more momentum than ever. Come and hear about this radical and innovative approach which could do for all life on earth what the criminalisation of genocide has done for vulnerable minorities: provide protection where none existed before.This talk complements our exhibition ‘Hit List’ that focuses on the theme of extinction. Galleries open 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm followed by talk. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.