Whats on at Nature in Art

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral @ Nature in Art
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Gallery Pangolin, this show is part of our anniversary celebrations – sculptures, prints and drawings by a host of well known artists including Jon Buck, Lynn Chadwick, Terence Coventry, Antony Gormley, Peter Randall-Page and Geoffrey Dashwood. All inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

Cactus Cat by Jon Buck

Open Air Performance of The Three Musketeers – IK Productions @ Nature in Art
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm

Join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they travel the length and breadth of France saving the day, rescuing people in distress and generally being heroes. Follow D’Artagnan in his quest to join the Musketeers in this hilarious comedy adaptation which takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour around France, and still has time for a quick trip across the Channel. With physical comedy, fast-paced action and quick wit, IKP’s version of The Three Musketeers promises to entertain all ages.

Following their recent successes with Three Men in a Boat, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, IKP are bringing their unique brand to another classic novel. Expect swashbuckling, sword-fights and subterfuge in the fast, funny, family-friendly adaptation of the French favourite – Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.

This production is designed to be performed in the open-air and will continue in all safe weathers. Bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Botanical Painting using Watercolour or Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm

The Course will focus on botanical painting, giving the learner the opportunity to work in either watercolour or gouache. The course will be taught by Simon Williams SBA.

Gouache and watercolour are both water soluble mediums and can produce stunning paintings. Gouache is an opaque form of watercolour and is not an inferior medium to watercolour. For much of the time it is used for illustration, book design and publishing for its fantastic reproduction and vibrant colour. Throughout the course you will be guided in colour mixing, botanical accuracy, brush techniques to render fine detail and the most important skills to gaining 3 dimensional forms to botanical studies.

This course is open to people that have some drawing/painting experience, improvers and advanced levels to a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see samples for the style of painting.


Lifeline @ NATURE IN ART
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm

** We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances the exhibition will not be available until 15th August. However, Julie Askew will be pleased to talk to visitors on 14th August. **  Discover the Empty Quarters of Oman, the Bedouin people and its endangered wildlife. An expedition team headed by Lifeline artist Julie Askew tell an Arabian tale. See the LIFELINE paintings in the UK for the first time and enjoy the LIFELINE Schools from around the world. See Julie Askew at work every day. On show in the Wallsworth Centre.

Painting in the Moment – Frances Whitman @ Nature in Art
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This art workshop is all about experiencing the joy of reconnecting , discovering and freeing your creative spirit. Giving yourself permission and a chance to loosen up creatively, overcoming any expectations in a nurturing, fun and relaxing environment.  Experimenting  and creating from a space of non-judgment and support, focusing on joyful expression of your creative processes.

We will be experimenting with lots of different materials, and producing a great many artworks if you choose, without any rules!

Join me and take a leap into new territory you haven’t travelled before!


Painting Fur & Feather – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm

From the velvet softness of a mole, to the fluff of a squirrel’s tail. The straggle of ostrich feathers to the sleek, streamlined plumage of a penguin. Animals and birds show a vast array of fur and feather types. In this course we will begin by discovering how to depict various fur and feather textures, using a range of brushes and mark-making. We will then progress to paintings of animals and birds, choosing the most suitable techniques for each of their coat or plumage textures. A great opportunity to revel in the enjoyment of painting fur and feather textures and detail. Acrylics and acrylic inks are ideal for this course, but oils, watercolours or pastels would also be suitable.

Garner 1

Making Memories @ NATURE IN ART
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm

On show in our Wallsworth Centre: Alzheimer’s Society Gloucestershire Art Group celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year. This display is by members of the group who are both people living with dementia and their carers. Art is relaxing, expressive and improves concentration. A variety of mediums are practiced by the group including pottery.

Origami – The Japanese Art of Paper-folding: Making Pictures, Cards & Gifts – Tony O’Hare @ Nature in Art
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Origami is the Japanese art of paper-folding, and this course is suitable for absolute beginners through to improvers. Tony will introduce students to, and explore with them, a range of basic and more involved origami techniques, styles and paper types and their application to the art. This is Tony’s second full day course at NIA, and this year it will focus on using origami in practical ways, such as making natural scenes, gift cards, jewelry, decorations and multi-piece or modular origami, all with a nature theme. Tony has a particular interest in “upcycling” paper products such as tourist leaflets, flyers, post cards etc, and these materials will be used whenever possible and appropriate during the day. Expect a hands-on and fun course and leave with a boxful of paper creations involving animals, birds, fish, flowers, abstract and geometric forms and more. See Tony’s website www.smiley-origami.me.uk for more information.


Lace and Nature @ Nature in Art
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm

A fascinating display of both old and contemporary lace from The Lace Guild Museum. Nature in all it’s forms was widely used in lace designs from the early 1600’s. Some lace types enable very naturalistic representations, but a variety of interpretations of flowers, leaves, birds and insects all appear.

Animal, Vegetable Mineral – Celebration Evening @ Nature in Art
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this unique opportunity to view our current exhibition curated by Gallery Pangolin; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and meet some of the exhibiting artists too.


Curated by Gallery Pangolin to mark Nature in Art’s 30th Anniversary. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is a unique selection of work by some of the UK’s best known sculptors. Featuring three-dimensional works in a variety of media as well as unique drawings and limited edition prints, all inspired by the countless wonders of the natural world.

Exhibiting Artists:

Bruce Beasley

Nick Bibby

Jon Buck

Lynn Chadwick

Michael Cooper

Terence Coventry

Geoffrey Dashwood

Steve Dilworth

Abigail Fallis

Sue Freeborough

Antony Gormley

Jonathan Kingdon

Bryan Kneale

Bryony Marshall

Charlotte Mayer

Simon Noble

Eilis O’Connell

Peter Randall-Page

Steve Russell

Almuth Tebbenhoff

Deborah van der Beek