Sketching trip to Iford Manor Peto Gardens

Last weekend SWIllustrators held a sketching trip to the beautiful Peto Gardens at Iford Manor.

                    Summerhouse at Iford Manor by Kate Davies    
The Grade 1 Italianate Garden at the Manor is famous for it's tranquil beauty and was designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto, who lived there from 1899 to 1933. It is a unique and romantic hillside garden, characterised by steps, terraces sculpture and magnificent rural views.

Gate at Iford Manor by Kate Davies

We were spoilt for choice with so many wonderful scenes, from architectural pillars to sweeping lawns and formal topiary to the Japanese garden. The magnificent wisteria that is such a feature of the whole site was in full bloom and we were also lucky enough to be there for the Sunday afternoon '3-to-Tea' concert in the cloisters and then greatly enjoyed the tea and delicious cakes after an afternoon of studied concentration!

Iford Cloister by Scott Joyce

Thank you for having us Iford Manor we look forward to more sketching trips in future.


Elephant Parade Artbox contest shortlist

SWillustrator  Jane Veveris Callan has had her design 'Matriarch' short listed in the Elephant Parade artbox contest.

Judges from Elephant Parade Bangkok short listed 10 designs from over 500 entries. The public will vote for their favourite via Facebook and the winner's design will be created on one of the 99 life size elephant sculptures that will form the parade in Bangkok from 1st December 2015. The winner will also be flown to Bangkok to see the launch of the parade.

You can vote for Jane's design  at Elephant Parade fan page 
until 27th May.

 'Matriarch' ( the name of the oldest female member of an elephant family group) is inspired by the city of Bangkok, and shows it's modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, with trees rising out of the city. The trees are gold to signify raised awareness and funds raised by the parade to support elephant conservation and the green leaves  represent the hope of saving the elephants natural habitat.


My new website www.scottjoyce.uk

Hello people I have a new website www.scottjoyce.uk feel free to take a look, thanks Scott Joyce


Newbridge Art Trail

9th and 10th May around the Newbridge area, Bath.

Drawing by Penny Ives "Linda" in charcoal. 
Copyright 2015


New books for Children in Cambodia

Last year, long time past member of SwIllustrators Suzy-Jane Tanner travelled to Cambodia with Viking in preparation for illustrating Karine Hagen's book Finse Explores Indochina. She was especially moved by a visit to the Viking sponsored village school near Chong Koh and the HVTO school in Siem Reap, where she met some of the children, all of whom are learning English.
On her return to the UK, Suzy contacted people she knew who wrote and illustrated children's books and has since collected more than 600 beautiful, brand-new books for children of all ages, particularly picture books. Some of the books are even signed by the author/illustrator with an encouraging message for the children.
Current members of Swillustrators were pleased to support Suzy-Jane and donated new books to her project. All the books are now on their way to Cambodia.


Year of the Bus sculpture trails

The Year of the Bus sculpture trails organised by Wild in Art, Transport for London and the London Transport Museum to celebrate 60 years of the Routemaster bus, have entertained thousands of 'bus spotters' in the capital over the winter months.

There are a few days left to enjoy following the 4 trails around different parts of London, before they leave the streets on 11th January . All 60 will then be on display together at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the 24th / 25th January in a weekend of fun activities.

The sculptures will be auctioned on 3rd February, with proceeds supporting the charities Kids Aid, Transaid and the London Transport Museum. Bidding has started online at

SWillustrator Jane Veveris Callan created the 'brollybus' design for the River Trail, which is situated opposite Tate Modern by the Millennium Bridge on the Southbank. It was inspired by the iconic London Transport posters of the past that feature umbrellas.


Christmas Picture Tree Exhibition

Christmas Picture Tree – an exhibition by South West Illustrators

Venue: Gallery 44AD, Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN
Dates: Tue 2 - Sun 7 December
Opening times: Tue & Wed 10am-7pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm.

Following the success of their exhibition earlier this year at Gallery 44AD, South West Illustrators have put together another wonderful show. ‘Christmas Picture Tree’ presents the work of eleven illustrators, artists and printmakers who all live and work in the West Country.

It’s a great opportunity to buy something special for Christmas. Original artwork and signed giclĂ©e prints, picture books, artists’ Christmas cards and decorations will be on sale.

Artists participating are: Jane Veveris Callan, Ivana Svabic Cannon, Kate Davies, Richard Deverell, Mary Hall, Penny Ives, Scott Joyce, Lisa Kelly, Jan Nesbitt, Anna Popescu and Nadine Wickenden.

For further information, see www.swillustrators.co.uk.