In a unique exhibition celebrating the badger, 26 leading artists from around the country, from Cornwall to Scotland and from Wales to Suffolk, have come together to celebrate the beauty and intriguing character of this iconic and much loved mammal
Sadly, badgers now seem to receive so much negative press so using art is an exciting, non-confrontational way of raising their profile in a positive way to reflect the simple pleasure many people have in watching them and having their often elusive presence as part of their lives.
The exhibition will run for three weeks from 8 - 27July with an action-packed evening talk by award-winning wildlife filmmaker, Amanda Barrett on 24 July, revealing how she encountered similar perceptions of jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal to badgers in Britain. Our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter ( links at the bottom of this page) are busy whilst professional film teams are overseeing the creation of short promotional films to be released on social media and shown at the Private View. The astonishing artwork ranges from painting, sculpture, ceramics, graffiti, photography, jewellery, felt-work, and mixed media to illustration so if, by any chance, you simply can’t come please ask your friends and followers to share, like and follow us to spread the joy and emotional connection with our much-loved badgers across Britain.
Wells is a city surrounded by historic badger setts that have been inhabited for centuries but like so many other places, some of them are threatened by persecution, loss of habitat and, we can only assume, the government’s controversial badger culling operations.
From his studio close to the banks of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire, Nick Andrew captures a sense of atmosphere in his work. “I’m passionate about drawing- being out in the landscape or city, being subject to all weather conditions, and trying to achieve a sense of place using a range of drawing media as well as documenting in words something of the feel of the place- sounds, smells + scents, people, animals, weather, incidents.”
BECKSY creates unique and desirable pieces painted with just a palette knife. BECKSY runs her successful art business from her studio in the Scottish Borders.
Adam lives and works in the Cotswolds where the bountiful and diverse environment provides endless resource for his inspiration.
One of Britain’s leading wildlife sculptors, Adam has a signature fluid style of simple lines and flowing forms depicting both movement and emotion that beautifully captures the essence of his subjects.
UK based wildlife photographer passionate about the natural world. He hopes his images inspire people to protect the wonderful environment around us.
Sam is an artist living in Dorset, England. She works in watercolours, gouache, colour pencils and graphite pencil on board, paper, slates and stone.
She often uses poignant quotes within her detailed and distictive style.
Mark is a zoologist, an outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, a best-selling author, a wildlife tour operator and leader, a lecturer, and a magazine columnist.
Cornwall based sculptor Stephanie is inspired by the natural world.
“My work is mostly influenced by animal forms Many years of observing them and the deep love and respect I have for them, is what I hope to express in my work. “
Artist and illustratorJohn is based in Sussex and is keen on painting many aspects of the natural world including landscapes, insects and mammals as well as birds and flora. He has been a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) since 1987.
Sam paints from her studio at home, near to the town of Sherborne in Dorset, overlooking farmland and woods. Having always lived in the west country it is easy to see how her love of wildlife and the countryside, inspires her to produce her lively acrylic paintings. Her subjects include wildlife, farm animals, landscapes and gardens.
Suffolk based artist and illustrator Brin works mainly in oils and concentrates mostly on birds as wildlife subjects, but has gone 'off-piste' for this exhibition to create new badger work.
“I am particularly interested in the effects of light, indeed I often use light as a start point in the paintings.”
A West Country ‘off-grid’ artist working under the pseudonym ‘Joe Fish’. Joe has created bespoke pieces for the exhibition.
Exmouth Artist Anna, paints stunning animals. She works with resin, ink, acrylic and oils. Inspired by the beautiful Devon scenery and stunning sunsets she adds bright vivid colours to her original art.
Each painting holds a story. It could be a
childhood memory or English folklore.
I have always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals, they present a never-ending source of inspiration to me. I try to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in my sculpture. For this I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions.
Geraldine is a Wiltshire based artist who works with ceramics, concentrating mostly on sculpture.
Geraldine is a trained Arts Adviser for the Arts Award qualification sponsored by the Arts Council.
Sculptor Pippa works from her studio on the Somerset Dorset border. “I am obsessed with clay. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by it, digging it up from the fields when I was young and making things that rapidly fell to pieces. It is the only material I know that only needs hands to shape it.
Despite no formal opportunity to train in ceramics, I have always continued to make things out of clay.”
Tanya began working on wood around six years ago. Each piece is a ready made landscape. “I take the wood, see the landscape presented and paint what I feel is appropriate for the wood. A habitat for a wild and beautiful animal.” Whilst many of the creatures I paint are British, I am increasingly inspired by the Arctic and by Norse legends.
Naomi Joy is a successful Bristol based animal artist focussing on bringing modernity to pet portraits and showing the beauty and life behind all animals
My work explores the issue of diminishing biodiversity, the fact that organisms are functionally inseparable from the environment in which they live and questions sentimental Images of wildlife that serve to mask the ‘State of Nature.’
Ephemeral outline drawings, suggesting presence of absence- are juxtaposed with fine detail oil painting that serve to illustrate the familiar we stand to lose.
Nick Mackman is an award winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures. She has been widely exhibited and in 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. In 2012 she was Overall Runner-up and category winner in 2010.
Andy is a feature contributor to National Geographic magazine and is one of Europe’s most awarded photographers. With more than 50 individual awards featuring more than 100 awarded images his images consistently feature in all of the world’s most prestigious wildlife photographic competitions. He is the most successful photographer in the history of the British Wildlife Photography Awards with 4 category wins and 27 individual awards featuring 36 images. He has also been awarded 3 times in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and 3 times in European Wildlife Photographer of the Year whilst in 2012 he was named Nature Photojournalist of the Year.
Living in Somerset, Kaye works with all mediums but she’s probably best known for her watercolours. Her style of painting is spontaneous and has an ethereal quality and she aims to capture life, energy and atmosphere in her work, by use of light, colour and energetic brush strokes.
Susie Sage is Wild & Wool’s needle felting artist based in the City of Bath.
Wild & Wool was set up in 2015 and was launched with a collaboration between themselves and Ayo Atkintola, MD Oddbins when they were approached to design characters for their Christmas campaign #WhatTheFox.
Artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell is an avid ornithologist, regular contributor to the CAUGHT BY THE RIVER website and author of the bestselling books Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds, Our Woodland Birds, Owls, Penguins and A Charm Of Goldfinch.
He has illustrated for The Guardian, Barbour, The V&A, Levis and painted walls for Helly Hansen, Puma and the RSPB and
exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo and Paris.
Erica is one of the UK’s leading contemporary jewellers. She designs and hand crafts exquisite, unique, fine jewellery from a wide range of precious metals and gemstones. Pioneering the field of ethical jewellery production, Erica was one of the first jewellers in the world licensed to trade in Fairtrade gold.
Maxine’s felt pictures are created using two felt making techniques the traditional wet felting alongside the more modern needle felting, using different coloured fibres as her ‘paint’ and a barbed needle as her ‘brush’ Maxine is effectively painting with wool.
Bristol based artist going by the name ‘Spot the Badger’
“In my local paper we have a competition called ‘Spot the Badger’ which involves finding a very small Badger in a very big paper. I loved the randomness of this competition and this little Badger has given me the silhouette and focus my work was lacking.”
Renowned wildlife sculptor Adam Binder discusses his work and love of badgers.
Check out this great video of Spot the Badger's creative process.
Watch artist Donna Lawley Hopton create her beautiful artwork.
Ethical goldsmith Erica Sharpe creates bespoke work for the exhibition.
Artist Naomi Joy in her Bristol studio
Nick Mackman works on her ceramic Badger sculptures.
Susie Sage of Wild & Wool talks about her artwork and love of badgers.
Barbara Franc creates 'Bisto' the Badger
Joe Fish, Off grid animal activist artist creates bespoke work for the Meles Meles exhibition.