What’s On

Oct
13
Tue
Drawing for the Terrified – Richard Box @ Nature in Art
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS COURSE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE

Are you terrified of drawing but secretly long to learn how? Richard Box has an  approach that will steady your nerves and build drawing ability and confidence. You will be amazed at what you will be able to draw by following his method. Because you are ‘terrified’  you will stay with a simple still life for the whole course. The main focus is in learning how to truly SEE what is often merely glanced. Once this is understood, you will be empowered to follow a number of procedures and techniques in both monochrome and colour. Thereafter, at home, you will be able to apply these to any subject you like.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

 

Oct
25
Sun
Explore Braiding – Braiding Society Members @ Nature in Art
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS COURSE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE

Members of The Braid Society will demonstrate and introduce participants to various braiding techniques. These will include Kumihimo on Marudai and disc, Ply-Split braiding and cord making, Inkle/band weaving. During the day, you will be able to choose two different methods to learn or develop your skills to make a group of samples or a small piece of braided jewellery.

Special note for this course: As there will be more than one tutor on this course, the total number we can accommodate will be 20, but all the teaching of the different techniques will be done in groups of 5 – 10 people so, as with all our courses, there always will be plenty of individual attention.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Nov
11
Wed
Sketching Autumn with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS COURSE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

This two day course will show you how to sketch the colours and textures of autumn landscapes with waterproof black ink pen and watercolour wash. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to use the pen with watercolour paint both before and after painting. Techniques taught will include colour mixing, brush technique, light and dark, drawing with a pen and how to loosen up to achieve expressive sketches.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Nov
13
Fri
Light in the Darkness
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am – Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm

 

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES (2021) AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

‘Light in the Darkness’ is an exhibition of artwork by clients of The Independence Trust and will be on display in our Education Centre. They have promised a wonderful array of media including sculpture, poetry, collage , wycinanki, pastels, oil and acrylic paintings, much of which was created during the difficult lockdown period of Covid–19. Together, they symbolise the different shades of light and dark an individual can feel living with a mental health diagnosis.  There will also be a Covid safe ‘Virtual Reality’ experience and a chance to buy handmade, original crafts for Christmas.

Independence Trust is a registered charity to support adults with mental illness throughout the county of Gloucestershire. They run a triage, assessment and recovery service for clients referred in by GP’s, Mental Health Services or self-referrals. Their remit is to provide social inclusion to individuals suffering with a severe MH diagnosis. This can involve one to one support into training, education, volunteering or employment, signposting and participation in their peer group activities.

OPEN: Friday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Nov
17
Tue
Glorious Glass Engraving – Amanda Lawrence @ Nature in Art
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THIS COURSE HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE NEW DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE

This course explores the wonderful and versatile craft of glass engraving with a drill.  It’s an opportunity for beginners to learn the basic techniques and for those who have attended a previous course to expand their skills.  Over the two days we will discover three different techniques, starting with surface engraving, moving on to intaglio (low relief) engraving and also exploring vitreography – printing from your engraving onto paper.  You will work on both flat glass and vessels and you will come away with at least one little masterpiece of your own making!

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Dec
4
Fri
British Wildlife Photography Awards 10th Anniversary Retrospective
Dec 4 2020 @ 10:00 am – Feb 7 2021 @ 4:00 pm

 

A stunning display of over 100 images selected from the first 10 years of the renowned British Wildlife Photography Awards. This decade of annual competitions has brought together the very best nature photography in a unique legacy captured by thousands of dedicated and talented photographers which has reached millions each year through exhibitions, books and exceptional media coverage. An exhibition not to be missed.

Please note: The dates of this exhibition are different to those previously advertised due to Covid-19.

Feb
25
Thu
Britain’s Ancient Forest, Legacy and Lore ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK @ Nature in Art
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This talk will be delivered online. If you would like to attend, please use the link below to book. You will be sent your login details by email. We look forward to welcoming you.

As some of our exhibitions, exhibits and events have shown, trees have been an inspiration to artists, writers and musicians and are central not just to our physical well being but our emotional well being too. Some of the beautiful trees we have at Nature in Art were planted by people with a passion, a legacy which others can enjoy for hundreds of years. So join us for …..

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.

SOLD OUT

Mar
29
Mon
The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) Annual Exhibition
Mar 29 – Jun 6 all-day

       

THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE FOR THIS EXHIBITION

We are delighted to welcome back TWASI with their annual exhibition made up of work by both full time and part time artists and makers. Come and enjoy over 300 exhibits inspired by wildlife and wild places. With their usual variety of media and styles, there will be a broad range of work embracing paintings, drawings, miniatures, sculptures, original prints, photography and digital media. Artists will be demonstrating each day. Almost all the original works will be for sale together with prints, greetings cards and other consumer items. Each year the Society donates a proportion of its sales proceeds to charity. This year their chosen charity is Explorers against Extinction. www.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk. (See also Wallsworth Evenings.)

 

Mar
30
Tue
Iceland: Land of Fire and Brilliant Birds ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This talk will be delivered online. If you would like to attend, please use the link below to book. You will be sent your login details by email. We look forward to welcoming you.

We had expected to be showing the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at this time, but Covid-19 has forced it cancellation. It is the pre-eminent exhibition of its sort, internationally renowned, attracting over 45000 entries from over 100 countries, and taking the viewer on a journey across the globe. So do join us for ….

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.

FULLY BOOKED

Apr
28
Wed
Ceramics as Show – ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Moo Cow Milk Bar (entrance area), 203 Victoria Street, London SW1, circa 1954. (Photograph courtesy of the Milk Marketing Board).

This talk will be delivered online. If you would like to attend, please use the link below to book. You will be sent your login details by email. We look forward to welcoming you.

Ceramics as Show

An illustrated talk by Dr Matthew Partington

Nature in Art has a fascinating collection of ceramic items, including tiles, many of which would have adorned not just private homes, but public and commercial buildings too. During the lockdowns of the past year none of us have managed to frequent our regular haunts as we once did, including our favourite eateries and coffee shops. So instead, this evening we are venturing out to the coffee bars of the 1950s to explore the ceramics which were made for them by a small group of potters – primarily Margret Hine, William Newland and Nicholas Vergette.

Matthew, a V&A Visiting Fellow and Associate Department Head and Programme Leader at the University of the West of England, has brought together photographic, documentary and oral history evidence to paint a picture of a group of artists working for clients who wanted work which would make their coffee bar stand out from the 500 or so which had sprung up in London during the mid 1950s. Whilst little if any of these ceramics survive today, it is clear that, unfettered from the restraint so beloved of the Leach school, these artists were free to use colour, size and exotic themes to realise their client’s desire for their bar to ‘stand out’.

From the early commissions for wheel-thrown cow heads and tile panels for the Moo Cow Milk Bar in Victoria Street to a whole series of bars with French, Mexican and American themes through to their work in the 1960s on Indian restaurants, the work of these artists represent a fascinating example of site specific ceramics. They were ceramics conceived for particular spaces to amuse and engage the public.

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