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    'On Migration', An Exhibition by the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA)


'On Migration' An Exhibition by the Society of Wildlife Artists

17 FEB - 4 APR 2018


The SOC is privileged to be hosting a special exhibition by the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) to commemorate the centenary of the birth of founder member of the Society (and of the SOC), Donald Watson. The gallery also had very close ties with another founder SWLA member, the late John Busby. 

In the late 1950s the original work of wildlife artists was not readily available to the general public despite the growing interest in natural history. With the formation of a Society in mind, Robert Gillmor and Eric Ennion, with enthusiastic support from Peter Scott and Keith Shackleton, organised an Exhibition of Contemporary Bird Painters which opened at Reading Art Gallery in 1960. This exhibition then toured provincial galleries throughout the following 12 months to much widespread interest and acclaim. The idea of a Society developed further, inviting Donald and John Busby to join, and the inaugural exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists was opened by James Fisher in August 1964.

Today the Society has over 70 members, is affiliated to the Federation of British Artists and stages a large annual exhibition each Autumn in the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This exhibition at Waterston House will showcase a broad range of contemporary wildlife art, with particular focus on some of the recent projects that the Society has been involved with, including the book Flight Lines published by the British Trust for Ornithology and illustrated by SWLA members. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the wealth of talent within the Society. Many of the exhibitors are award-winning artists and some will already be familiar to regular attendees of exhibitions at Waterston House, while others are showing their work with the SOC for the first time:

Richard Allen, Kim Atkinson, Fiona Clucas, Brin Edwards, John Foker, Robert Greenhalf, John Hatton, Kittie Jones, Richard Johnson, Szabolcs Kokay, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Nic Pollard, Greg Poole, Darren Rees, Chris Rose, Chris Sinden, Jane Smith, John Threlfall, Esther Tyson, Barry van Dusen, Michael Warren, Ben Woodhams, Darren Woodhead, Tim Wootton.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 17 February and runs until Wednesday 4 April 2018. Open daily 10.00am-4.00pm.


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.