Illustration Wonderland

The South West Illustrators exhibition 'Illustration Wonderland' opens tomorrow at 44AD Artspace.
Showing the new work of 15 members of the group, the hallway features a 'down the rabbit hole' experience, with Alice and Lewis Carroll themed work to celebrate the 150th Anniversary this year of the publication of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.There will be a fun activity sheet available for children.

The exhibition is open from 10am-6pm from Tuesday 22nd Sept to Sunday 28th Sept.

Original artwork, signed Giclee prints, picture books and greetings cards will be on sale.



An exhibition by South West Illustrators
Venue: Gallery 44AD, Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN
Dates: Tuesday 22nd – Sunday 27th September 2015 10am-6pm
Private view by invitation only Tuesday 22nd September 6-7.30pm

An exhibition of wonderful new and unseen work by South West Illustrators.
‘Illustration Wonderland’ presents the work of fifteen illustrators, artists and printmakers which includes a special invitation to visitors to explore ‘down the rabbit hole’!
Curiouser and curiouser, the hallway will be transformed to show a selection of ‘Alice’ or Lewis Carroll themed work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Original artwork, signed Giclee prints, picture books and greetings cards will be on sale.

Artists participating are: Anna Popescu, Estelle Corke,        
 Ivana Svabic Cannon, Jan Nesbitt, Jane Veveris Callan, Julia King, Kate Davies, Laila Hills, Lisa Kelly, Nick Shewring, Mary Hall, Penny Ives, Richard Deverell, Sally Barnett, Scott Joyce.


Return sketching trip to Iford Manor

Members and friends of South West Illustrators made a return trip to the Peto Garden at Iford Manor. They were most grateful for the opportunity to sketch the stunning gardens before the Sunday afternoon visitors arrived.

Water Feature by Kate Davies

Iford Manor has a wonderful programme of music events throughout the year. More information can be found at their Arts website here


Illustration of Momo

Swillustrator Kate Davies recently completed a beautiful illustration of Momo for the community project 'Living Room' in South Wales. Kate based her Momo on a young friend of hers.

'Momo' was written by the German children's author and fantasy writer Michael Ende.
At the edge of the city, in the ruins of an old amphitheatre, there lives a homeless girl called Momo.
Momo has a special talent which she uses to help all her friends who come to visit her. Then one day the sinister men in grey arrive and silently take over the city. Only Momo has the power to resist them, and with the help from Professor Hora and his strange tortoise, Cassiopeia, she travels beyond the boundaries of time to undercover their dark secrets.


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.