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
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.
Stephen Walton is a self taught, award winning artist who specialises in using charcoal and charcoal pencils.
‘My artwork developed alongside my love of taking photographs, which resulted in my very particular style and method; when I am out and about I take photographs and when I am at home I draw from them.’
Sophie has studied a degree in Contemporary Crafts, giving her a broad knowledge base in material, techniques, processes and 3D modelling. She soon discovered her love of working with natural fibres. Sophie is well known for her needle felt workshops, creating beautifully realistic felt animals including blue tits, butterflies and bees. Sophie will be running a special workshop to create felt hedgehog using special material to create a detailed hedgehog including realistic looking bristles. Sophie has excellent tutor knowledge and is keen to guide you through the creation of your very own felt hedgehog.
£50 per person
To book visit please visit
or call 01452 383333 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Students will be expertly guided through the process of sculpting with the medium of wire be it galvanised, copper or coloured telephone cable.
Students can choose to keep it simple and create a 2D wire drawing, make a small bird or take on a bigger challenge and build a more complex sculpture.
On day 1 you will develop ideas through making a small ‘study’ sculpture and then start the foundations of your larger structure. On day 2 will you continue to add features and details.
Throughout the course you will learn about the different kids of recycled wires and where to source them for future projects.
All materials will be supplied by Celia Smith, at the cost of £10-15 per participant,
depending on the size of sculpture made. This will be payable directly to her on the day of the course.
Celia Smith is an artist who draws with wire, as others draw with pencil. For her, creating sculptures out of wire is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.
The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of domestic and native British birds. She aims to capture not only their shape but also their movement and character.
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.
All materials needed for the course will be available to borrow free of charge from Stephen Walton.
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.
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 Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced
All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Jamie Boots.
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.
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 Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Improvers
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.
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.