Whats on at Nature in Art

Postcard Portraits @ Nature in Art
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm
Image: Chris Noble


To mark our 30th anniversary, hundreds of artists who have worked with us have each created a special work of art. Purchase a ticket to become the proud possessor of one of these marvelous miniatures!

Scratching Out the Details: Scraperboard – Jackie Cox @ Nature in Art
May 19 @ 10:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm

Scraperboard is a method of creating a tonal picture by scratching through a layer of black  Indian ink to reveal a white chalk layer beneath. In some ways it is similar to drawing, except the white is scratched from the black.

We will explore the techniques that can be used to make marks and scratch out detail.

We will also cover different types of scraperboard and scratchboard, including how to make your own and the different ways board can be coloured after scratching.


David Shepherd @ Nature in Art
May 22 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

A unique selection of original paintings by David Shepherd CBE, who died in 2017. He was one of the UK’s best known and best loved wildlife artists and a conservation icon. His powerful legacy lives on through his instantly recognisable paintings and the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.


Image: ©David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The Wildlife Art Society International @ Nature in Art
May 26 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 300 paintings, drawings, original prints, photographs and sculptures by professional and part-time members of this active organisation will be on display, the majority for sale. Members will be demonstrating throughout the exhibition.


Mandy Shepherd talk
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 Mandy has been a professional wildlife artist for over 30 years and is the daughter of David Shepherd. This evening is a rare opportunity to hear personal anecdotes and tales about David and his art, her own early life and influences from her father all interwoven with her own story. Supported by film, this will be an evening to celebrate David’s amazing life and legacy, expressed partly through Mandy’s own endeavours.

Mandy also is well known for her portraiture and military work. After her degree, she travelled to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa which culminated in her first exhibition in Zimbabwe in 1980.

Proceeds to be shared with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Galleries open 7pm – 8pm to view David Shepherd originals and have snacks. Talk starts 8pm. PLEASE BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE

30th Anniversary Family Fun Day! @ Nature in Art
Jun 2 all-day

Come and join in with a host of hands-on activities both inside and outside to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Just £2 each to include all activities (excluding access to the museum) and free to paying visitors to the museum.

A CRAZY selection of activities!

…paint with bubbles, make a bird feeder, make and use a natural paint brush, try you hand at a scraperboard CD, take on the boat challenge and make a boat from natural materials, go on a nature scavenger hunt and much more…

No need to book. Just come and join in the celebrations!

On show the same day: David Shepherd, Postcard Portraits and Wildlife Art Society Internationl exhibitions

Love Letters
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

A great way to spend a summer evening …. join us for a performance of AR Gurney’s play ‘Love letters’, with Two’s Company (John Horton and Pauline Beale). ALL PROCEEDS FOR DAVID SHEPHERD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION. Click here for more information.

30 Years of Collecting @ Nature in Art
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm

Since Nature in Art opened its doors to the public in 1988, our unique collection has grown and diversified. This display highlights some of the many wonderful paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and other items that have been aquired in our first 30 years, an inspiring platform for the three decades to come.

Nature in Art Trust; (c) Nature in Art; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Image: Animals Entering Noah’s Ark – Jan van Kessel the Younger

Click HERE to see more images of works from our collection.


Painting Wildlife in Acrylics – Kim Thompson @ Nature in Art
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm

On this 2 day course participants will master the fast drying time of acrylic paint, tackle details and a variety of textures found in nature, including how to paint eyes, fur and feathers and leave with a better grasp of this very versatile medium.  Everyone will be encouraged to enjoy experimenting with brushes and sponges and the techniques Kim uses in her own  paintings.

This course will appeal to those who are looking to establish a good understanding of using acrylics to capture wildlife subjects and who have already tried acrylics and want to learn more. Kim is a considerate and encouraging tutor and will bring a relaxed approach to the two days.

Kim Thompson

Paper Letters in Relief – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learn to render beautiful letters in light and shade on pristine white paper.  We will begin by learning to draw letters suitable for cutting stencils and emboss these into paper.  We will then modify those shapes to cut out of paper, score and curl them so that the letters take on a life of their own – standing proud of the background.  Both create fabulous 3-D effects in a simple way – offering final results that have a special purity and particularly useful for personalized and unique gifts.  Suitable for all levels.