|Esther Tyson’s work at the SWLA (image from her Facebook page)|
I took advantage of a meeting in town yesterday and after I was finished, popped over to the Mall Galleries to view this year’s Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition.
Borne out of an exhibition of wildlife art by Robert Gillmor and Eric Ennion, with the enthusiastic support of Sir Peter Scott and Keith Shackleton in Reading in 1960, the inaugural exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists was held in August 1964. The exhibition has grown in both size and popularity, from 149 works on display in 1964, to 359 by 2009.
In 1990 the Society sought charitable status with the purpose of fostering and encouraging all forms of visual art based on or representing the world’s wildlife and with sponsor’s support, awards bursaries and awards in a number of categories.
Exhibiting artists hail from the UK, mainland Europe, Russia and North America and the exhibition has become the foremost event in the British Wildlife Art Calendar.
|Reed Bunting (linocut), Robert Gillmor – from the SWLA website|
As we walked the exhibition we found many of the pieces on display stunning and I encourage anyone who can make it to get along before it closes on Sunday – your credit card might be handy too. A small selection of the works and exhibition opening times can be found on the Society’s website here.