What’s On

Life, Lines & Illusion @ Nature in Art
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm

Zoologist, illustrator and camouflage expert Hugh B Cott (1900-1987), looked at nature with a naturalist’s curiosity, an artist’s eye and a military mindset. This is a unique exhibition of Cott’s work, highlighting a life of exploration and observation, recorded in drawings, writings and photographs.

A Beaded Butterfly Scissor Case – Sally Boehme @ Nature in Art
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Using just needle, thread and beads create a pretty case to house your favourite little sewing scissors inspired by the vibrant colours and form of a butterfly. A colour chart will be supplied for you to use a bead weaving stitch known as peyote to weave pretty little beads into a pattern redolent of a butterfly as it swoops from flower to flower! This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers who have some sewing skills.


Japanese Brushwork – Takumasa Ono @ Nature in Art
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This one-day workshop which will introduce you to Sumi-e, the ancient art of creating               Japanese ink pictures, or Japanese brush painting. Traditionally, these paintings feature            subjects from the natural world such as flowers and birds. The Japanese experience painting as a form of meditation that brings peace and harmony to the artist and the finished pieces are intended to inspire the same sense of tranquility and joy in the viewer.  This practical course will help you master all the techniques you’ll need to create striking paintings and           discover the spiritual aspects of this unique art form.


Family Fun Day – CAMOUFLAGE @ Nature in Art
Oct 13 all-day
Giraffe Portrait, Coloursoft Pencils on Mount Board – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Derwent Coloursoft Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject. All materials will be supplied including a line      drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Example of Karen’s work…


Unnatural Selection: Evolution at the Hand of Man @ Nature in Art
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

An illustrated talk by Katrina van Grouw

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary year of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals Variation under Domestication, author and illustrator Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised. Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an analogy for natural selection – it’s the perfect example of evolution in action. A fascinating evening for all.
Katrina has work in the Nature in Art collection and has had a solo exhibition of her work at Wallsworth Hall. She inhabits that no-man’s land slap bang between art and science. She holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She’s a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history. After a long and varied career on both sides of the art/science divide she now devotes her time exclusively to her books. See her as artist in residence September 25th – 30th. 

2018 Gift & Craft Fair @ Nature in Art
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day

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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!

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

Stallholders who will be attending the 2018 event:

Abbey Jewellery by Helen Carter

AJ’s Woodcraft

Arts, Rush and Cane

Barking Hen Jewellery

Battenswood Collectable Bears

Bespoke Gifts


Claire Billingsley, Art and Ceramics

Clare Design

Coastal Creativity

Decorque Ltd

Erica Pinney

Field Fresh Skincare

Focal Form

Gordon Hemming

Handmade by Heart

Intricate Woodcraft

Joanne Bagley


Lindsey B Art & Photography

Made by Anna Lucinda

Maisy Makes

Marianne Laker Designs

Mindbender Puzzles

Naomi Skelton

Natty Deco

Pepperwood & Co

Renée Kilburn Ceramics

Rustoc Reindeer

Stained Glass by Debra



Susan Wilkinson

The Ark Man

Turn and Burn

Woodland Trust


Yum Yum Fine Foods

Yvonne Halton Ceramics

Applications are now closed for the 2018 event. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2019 event please sign up HERE
Collagraphs: The Mystery Unwrapped – Tor Hildyard @ Nature in Art
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Explore the mysteries behind the Collagraph Print on this 1-day course.

Learn how to make your own unique prints from plates created from mount card, which is
incised with lines, collaged with paper and other textured mediums to create an exciting
textured printing surface.

You will be shown how to prepare paper and how to ink up and wipe your plates ready for printing. The first part of the course will be spent making the plate and then the second will be spent printing in different ways to create your own unique print.


Lino-printing Wildlife – Richard Jarvis @ Nature in Art
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A day of hands-on linoprinting which will include the use of the different cutting tools, creating and transferring a design onto the lino block and cutting to leave a relief surface.  The cut block can then be  inked up and printed using either hand burnishing or a press. Please bring along any ideas/images that you would like to use. There will also be images available on the day. Old clothes or an apron are advisable.


2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards @ Nature in Art
Nov 6 2018 @ 10:00 am – Jan 6 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The first out-of-London showing of the very latest exhibition of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards, celebrating the beauty and diversity of British wildlife and the talent, artistry and determination of the photographers who created them. A fantastic book of the competition (pictured) is available in our shop  SEE THE WINNERS HERE