National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2011

Flintstone and Furrow; linocut by Cheshire artist Thelma


July 15th – 31st 2011 at Gordale, Burton, Wirral, CH64 8TF

This summer the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) will be showcasing almost 400 paintings and sculptures of remarkable quality, in a dazzling variety of styles.

Each July, this delightful exhibition, now firmly established at the Gordale Garden Centre in Wirral, promises an experience the whole family can enjoy for free. Gordale provides a large, tranquil space where paintings are displayed in the natural light of the ephemeral NEWA gallery.

During its first three days, the exhibition will be complemented by live art demonstrations by celebrated British wildlife artists.

Each day of NEWA’s ‘Wildlife Weekend’ will feature at least three artists showing and sharing their skills on behalf of conservation charities. On Friday July 15th, Pollyanna Pickering will be demonstrating her immensely popular painting technique alongside Born Free Foundation’s Chris Wright and pastel portraitist John Paskin.

Saturday’s guests include Wirral-born artist Clare Shaughnessy, David Cook and Thelma Sykes, together with the Cheshire Wildlife Trusts, while Sunday 17th will see bird artist Robert Cook joined by woodcarvers Chris Hindley and Philip Nelson.

Also at Gordale on the Sunday will be representatives of the RSPB’s neighbouring Inner Marsh Farm. The reserve is currently undergoing improvements to visitor facilities, which include the installation of a beautifully carved wooden heron, gifted by NEWA.

Mallard drake carving by Philip Nelson of Chester Osprey Family by Justin Prigmore

Established in 1994 by a group of artists interested in promoting wildlife art and conservation, NEWA is a not-for-profit organisation which makes a donation each year to wildlife concerns such as those involved in ‘Wildlife Weekend’.

The exhibition will continue attracting visitors who share a love of art and a passion for wildlife until Sunday 31st July.

Established in 1994, NEWA is Europe’s largest completely open wildlife art exhibition, showing works by unknown and established artists side by side. And every work of art selected for the show will also be available to view, and to buy, online at

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