The 2011 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art

Wonderful wildlife art will be celebrated in an exhibition which opens on the Wirral this month

Stunning images of wildlife will be in the frame when an annual art show opens on the Wirral this month. The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art was established in 1994 and is now Europe’s largest completely open wildlife art exhibition with almost 400 paintings and sculptures by unknown and established artists on show.

Last year’s exhibition attracted more than 17,000 visitors to see, and to buy, work by artists from all over Europe and beyond.

Work by Terance James Bond, one of the UK’s most accomplished, sought after and successful bird artists, will feature in this year's show alongside that of Alan M Hunt, Alison Ingram, Thelma K Sykes and PollyAnna Pickering, the most published fine artist working in Britain today.

The exhibition will run at Gordale Garden Centre in Burton, from July 15th-31st and on the first three days artists will be on hand to give demonstrations.

On Friday July 15th, Pollyanna Pickering will demonstrate her popular painting technique alongside the Born Free Foundation’s Chris Wright. They will be joined by pastel portraitist John Paskin, chairman of Chester’s Grosvenor Art Society.

Saturday’s guests include Wirral-born artist Clare Shaughnessy, who now lives in North Wales, and whose work is collected all over the world.

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Claire will be demonstrating, with fellow artists David Cook and Chester’s Thelma Sykes, alongside the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, while Sunday 17th will see bird artist Robert Cook joined by woodcarvers Chris Hindley and Philip Nelson, who are both based within a few miles of Chester. 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 totem, gifted by NEWA.