Society of Wildlife Artists exhibiting at The Kingcombe Centre
Thursday 22nd March 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset is hosting an exhibition of art created by artists from the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) which has been inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of DWT’s Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.
The nine artists exhibiting attended an artist in residence weekend in May 2017 to draw inspiration from the wildflower meadows, ancient hedgerows and woodlands to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.
The art exhibition will run at the Kingcombe Centre from March 28th – April 5th. Art is available for purchase, starting from £60. Cards, postcards and sketches are also available, starting from £2.
DWT’s West Dorset Visitor Experience Officer, Steve Marsh said, “We were very pleased to welcome such a talented group of artists to Kingcombe for the residential weekend in May last year, and we’re looking forward to showing off the results of their hard work in this exhibition. A core part of DWT’s work is to help people connect to nature – whether that’s visiting a nature reserve or enjoying beautiful piece of art inspired by it. It’s free to come along, and visitors are invited to make a day of it, enjoying refreshments in the Kingcombe Tea Room and taking a stroll onto the nature reserve with a self-guided trail.”
The SWLA aims to generate an appreciation of the natural world through all forms of art.
SWLA artist, Antonia Phillips said, “The Kingcombe Centre is surrounded by over 450 acres of unimproved pasture, wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ancient woodland. It certainly provided us with plenty of inspiration! I am so pleased the project has come to fruition, not least to immerse myself in the lesser-known corners of this colourful landscape, but also to see how differently we [the artists] work but all with the same plan.”
Artists exhibiting include Carry Akroyd, Bob Greenhalf, Simon Griffiths, Richard Jarvis, Harriet Mead, Nik Pollard, Gregg Poole, Matt Underwood and Antonia Phillips. Art mediums include watercolour, print and sculpture.
Notes to Editor
The Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve has 450 acres of wildflower meadows, pasture, woodland and ancient hedgerows in the hills and vales of west Dorset.
The Kingcombe Centre is in West Dorset near Dorchester and Bridport. The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. Visit www.kingcombe.org, phone 01300 320684 or email .
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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