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.



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

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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.


Jackie Garner
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day

elephant-painting_home  Come and meet wildlife artist Jackie Garner. www.jackiegarner.co.uk

An illustrated talk by Mike Amphlett
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Mike is a highly experienced photographer, picture editor, tutor and writer who also has worked in wildlife film-making, This talk will focus on recent photographic adventures in India where he saw spectacular wildlife and experienced fascinating cultures.

Cost includes a finger buffet.

Craft Fair @ Nature in Art
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

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£2 entry
Free for under 16’s (including access to upstairs museum galleries)

Car parking is free

One of our most popular events, the annual craft fair at Nature in Art has become well known as a source for unique, individually hand crafted gifts, offered to you directly by the craft people who made them, so often a gift can be personalised to make it even more special.N in A 2015007(2)

Many of the makers will be demonstrating so you will be able to see just how your unique gift was created.

The range of quality gifts you will find at the craft fair includes woodturning, jewellery, ceramics, textile items, as well as stained glassware, metal work, paper crafts and children gifts. With such a wide selection you are bound to find the perfect gift for your friends and family, or even treat yourself!

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During the weekend as well as watching demonstrations from the craft workers, and purchasing gifts, you can also view most of the museum galleries.
You may also be a winner on the raffle or tombola, so make sure you purchase a ticket. There will be a separate raffle on the Saturday and Sunday.

Images: courtesy of Posers Photographic

Many exhibitors will be demonstrating
Coffee shop open for refreshments

Below is a list of those stallholders who will be attending the 2016 event.

Lydia Designs
Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners (demonstrator)
Beverley Todd Glass Artist
Animal Art by LAW (demonstrator)
Yum Yum Fine Foods
Ty Capel Creations
Karen Edwards
Diana Hodgson
Nanny Soo’s Cottage
Harmony Kingdom UK (demonstrator)
Vikki Lafford Garside (demonstrator)
Hartpury Soap Company
Naomi Skelton (demonstrator)
The Ark Man
Celia’s Pantry
Kath Cooper Ceramics
Herbal Harmony
The Doll Maker
Hestia’s Flame Natural Candles
Maureen Sullivan
Gordom Hemming
Time for Design
Sharon Wrightson
Cloth and Clay
The Moon Up Above
Hannah’s Homemade
Decorque Ltd
Artfull Puffin
Leatherwise (demonstrator)
The Painter’s Pantry (demonstrator)
@rtby Denius Parsons
Lin’s Jewellery
All Fired Up
Birch Cottage Crafts
Walks with Hawks
Rustic Reindeer

Applications are now closed for the 2016 event. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2017 event, which will take place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October, please email the Collections and Marketing Officer.


Liz O’Sullivan @ Nature in Art
Nov 1 – Nov 6 all-day

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Liz O’Sullivan is an artist who incorporates calligraphy, illustration and textiles.

She has a degree in illustration and graphics, having illustrated a number of books. Most recently she has begun to  create paintings which combine words with paint and collage.



Exploring Acrylic Inks @ Nature in Art
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm

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with Jackie Garner 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

Vibrant colours, permanent, waterproof, transparent or opaque; acrylic inks give the artist a myriad of options in their work.
This 2-day course will explore the possibilities for both realistic and abstract paintings using acrylic inks. You 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.

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

Artist’s Profile
Jackie Garner trained at Medway College of Design before becoming Nature in Art’s first education officer. She is now a professional artist who specialises in portraying wildlife, taking inspiration from encountering wildlife in its natural habitat.
Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, and is a contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine. She has exhibited with many art societies, including the National Exhibition Wildlife Art, the Society of Wildlife Artists, BirdScapes
Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and has held solo exhibitions in
London and Gloucestershire. Jackie is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.
Jackie is happy to discuss the course with students. Visit her website for contact details:www.jackiegarner.co.uk

Evening with insect painter Cath Hodsman @ Nature in Art
Nov 7 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join the art group as they listen to Cath Hodsman who will be exploring the wonderful world of insects, butterflies and moths. Cath has a passion for insects and will share her reasons why and the techniques behind her detailed interpretations.

Find out more about Cath, here

Cath Hodsman @ Nature in Art
Nov 8 – Nov 13 all-day

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Cath Hodsman is an artist and illustrator, who has a passion for painting and drawing insects. She was recently made a member of the Society of Biology and is a registered tutor for the Royal West of England Academy.