What’s On

2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards @ Nature in Art
Sep 13 – Nov 13 all-day


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by George Stoyle Overall Winner 2016

The first post-launch display of all the winning images from this renowned competition focusing on British fauna and flora. Extraordinary pictures of our rarest animals and the wildlife on our doorstep.

To find out more about the competition visit the BWPA website: here



CROWD! @ Nature in Art
Oct 4 – Nov 6 all-day


Chosen, Revered Objects Which Delight, all selected from the Nature in Art collection and chosen by popular vote by members of the public. A variety of items that highlight the diversity of art inspired by nature.

CLICK HERE to see the selection and to make your vote! Voting closes 25th September.



Wild and Free @ Nature in Art
Oct 4 – Oct 16 all-day


Wild and FreeExhibition:
An exhibition by the Gloucestershire based ‘Stitched Up’ textile artists’ group. They use textiles and other media to imaginatively portray the countryside and coast during the changing seasons.


Charcoal & Charcoal Pencil Drawing @ Nature in Art
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm

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with Stephen Walton 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

During this 2-day course Stephen will teach you how charcoal and charcoal pencils compliment each other, so that intricate and subtle details can be achieved as well as the flowing expressive marks the medium is more commonly associated with.
Stephen will demonstrate how the use of various tools can help you control the charcoal allowing the creation of soulful and expressive eyes, deep soft fur, or any other texture you might wish to depict.
You will have the chance to re-create one of Stephen’s drawings and learn lots of those little things that go into the creation of a drawing. Stephen will also demonstrate techniques for transferring an outline onto paper for anyone that wishes to concentrate on achieving great tones and textures rather than struggle to get correct proportions.

Course Cost
Members: £80
Non-members: £100
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced

Materials List
All materials needed for the course will be available to borrow free of charge from Stephen Walton.

Artist’s Profile
Stephen is an award winning artist who after ten years experience working in an art gallery has recently took the plunge to become a full time artist.
During his time at the gallery he curated and installed exhibitions as well as running workshops and courses for adults and children alike. He gleaned a great deal from all of these experiences.
Stephen has recently had his first book published, Counting Lions – Portraits From the Wild. With a foreword written by Virginia McKenna, who describes Stephen’s charcoal drawings as ‘Beautiful’. Stephen hopes this will be his first major step in aiding the wildlife he loves so much.

Neil Mason @ Nature in Art
Oct 11 – Oct 16 all-day

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Graphite Pencil Drawing @ Nature in Art
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

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with Jamie Boots 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12
On this 2-day course you will learn all about working with graphite pencil from experienced artist Jamie Boots.
Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch.
Jamie will show participants that whether or not you are using a pencil that is blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard, or using a variety of tones, that the effect of fur, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye can be achieved.
The subject for this art course will be: Zebra

Course Cost
Members: £80
Non-members: £100
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced


Materials List
All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Jamie Boots.

Artist’s Profile
Originally from New Zealand, Jamie is a self taught artist whose work is produced in
graphite pencil. Jamie first exhibited his work in 2004 and has won a number of awards for his artwork.
In a very short period of time a hobby became a profession and with a limited number of originals being available each year his drawings have become highly collectable.

IPad Art with Procreate @ Nature in Art
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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with Ian Coleman
Maximum Participants: 12

The iPad is a great concept sketching tool for conventional paintings, creating hybrid digital images or full digital works.
On this 1-day course Ian will familiarize you with the application Procreate. He will go through its functions and you will learn how to, import and export your work, import brushes, create brushes and create artworks in various styles from graphic lines to photo-real brushwork.

Course Cost
Members: £40
Non-members: £50
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Improvers


Materials List
iPad iOS 9.1 or later
Procreate App installed (currently costs £4.49 from the App Store as of Nov 2015. File size 95.9MB)
You will need to ensure that you have at least 1GB of space on your iPad, so that you can download content from the artist before the course.

Artist’s Profile
Ian Coleman is a professional artist and over the last 32 years has produced gallery artworks in acrylics and oils, illustrations and graphic designs for books and advertising.
For last 10 years Ian has run weekend courses on oil painting, watercolours and acrylic
techniques. He is well known for his natural history paintings with a particular interest in marine-life.

Linda Heaton-Harris @ Nature in Art
Oct 18 – Oct 23 all-day

Artist in Residence
Linda Heaton-Harris is a sculptor of ceramic animals and birds.

For the majority of her life she has lived in the countryside which has included the counties of Suffolk, Sussex and Gloucestershire, enhancing her lifelong love of the natural world and animals in general. Linda lived for many years in the Hampshire village of Selborne famous for “The Natural History of Selborne” by the 18th Century naturalist Gilbert White.


Have a Go: Charcoal and pastels @ Nature in Art
Oct 19 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join the art group as they explore the mediums of charcoal and pastels, both different but very expressive art forms. Each member of the group will be able to explore the effects that can be achieved with the mediums and begin to produce their own mixed media drawing.

There is an optional £1 supplement for this event.

October Half Term Art Activity Days @ Nature in Art
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – Oct 27 @ 4:30 pm

picOctober Half Term Art Activity Days:

This October we are running a range of our popular art activity days for children aged 3 years and over. They include:

20th Oct – Rocket Sewing Cushion
21st Oct – Stained Glass Effect Autumn Garland
25th Oct – Pompom Pumpkins
26th Oct – Incy Wincey Spider FLIES Up the Spout!
27th Oct – Firework Paintings Inspired by Jackson Pollock

Each workshop interprets the day’s theme using age appropriate materials and techniques. The different times are:
10.30-12.00pm: for 3 – 7 years
1.00-2.30pm: for 3 – 18 years
3.00-4.30pm: for 8 – 18 years

Each activity costs £6 per child and includes free entry to the museum for one accompanying adult. All activity must be booked in advance via our online booking system.

To see full details and to book please visit our Activity Days home page, here.