What’s On

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Feb 4 – Mar 29 all-day

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

Goldwork Embroidery Snowdrops – Sheila Knight @ Nature in Art
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing weekend creating a beautiful Goldwork Snowdrop Design. Learn about and how to use the lovely materials used in Goldwork Embroidery. The techniques used in this design are couching gold and silver threads, couching braids, cutting purls and attaching them. Padding a shape and covering it with leather.

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

Glass Fusing – Sharon Foley @ Nature in Art
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Glass fusing is joining two or more layers of glass through heating in a kiln.

There are several techniques that can be adapted to this basic principle some of which give surprising results. This course will teach some of those techniques alongside glass cutting (if you are new or in need of a refresher) and consist of glass layering, use of glass frits, powders and encapsulation between layers of glass. The course will guide you in designing and making either 4 glass coasters or a larger, flat piece of art glass. These will then be fired in a kiln and ready for collection after the course.

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

Iceland: Land of Fire and Brilliant Birds
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm

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.

Adventures with Acrylic Ink – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm

When is ink not ink? When it’s Acrylic Ink (it’s liquid acrylic paint, not ink). Explore this fascinating medium, which adds a whole new dimension to your acrylic practice. Discover the vibrant colours – glossy, iridescent, shimmering, pearlescent and explore when and how to use them in realistic and abstract art. We will experiment with different methods of applying the ink and cover working with layers of colour, wet into wet, detail, and usage with other media. No prior knowledge of working with acrylic inks is necessary.

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

Gordano Textile Artists: Nature’s Messages
Apr 7 – Apr 19 all-day

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.

Hit List
Apr 7 – May 10 all-day

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 Parrot, Coloured Pencils on Mount Board – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Coloured Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject.

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

British Woodcarvers Association: Power of Nature
May 5 – May 17 all-day

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.

From Harm to Harmony
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

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.