CENTRAL GALLERY 5th may – 12th july 2017
SWILL (South West Illustrators)
South West Illustrators is a group of illustration artists based in the South West, mostly from the Bath and Bristol area. The group celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, having been set up in the olden days, when everything was still largely in black and white and people used fax machines.
The purpose of the group was to bring illustrators together, to share their ideas, give advice, discuss techniques, pass on information, and just to see a face and hear a voice ! – it could be quite a lonely and isolated existence before the invention of the internet and all its myriad ways of communicating and keeping in touch.
Over the years the internet has impacted very much on our ‘industry’ – for good and bad – but at least it has made it easy for the group to keep in contact with each other – and we definitely know we are NOT the only ones doing illustration now!!
As our name is abbreviated to SWIll, we adopted the image of a pig as a sort of mascot/logo ( pig swill !).
The pig is also relevant with our connection to Bath – Bladud’s Pigs of legend/history.
In the C9th, King Bladud, suffering from leprosy contracted abroad, left his court in disguise as a swineherd. His unfortunate pigs contracted the disease also. However, their luck changed when they were driven, in search of acorns, towards what we now know as the city of Bath. Here the pigs wallowed in the muddiness of the hot springs, and were healed. Bladud, on seeing this miracle, promptly wallowed in the hot mud too, and was also cured. Oink!!
A small part of our show will reflect this piggy connection.
There should be something for everyone to enjoy, and hopefully bring cheer, whatever their reason for being at the RUH. The works radiate humour, depict nature, are eccentric, fantastic, charming and whimsical, and magic!!
The illustrations are in media ranging from traditional watercolour and pen and ink, to collage and digital works.
The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK) was conceived in 2014 by a group of well established landscape photographers based in and around the South West of England. The aim of the group was quite simple – to meet once every two months to socialise and discuss our work either in print or book form. Since its conception the group has grown to approximately 18 members and includes some of the most talented professional and amateur landscape photographers currently working in the UK. We even have the recipient of the 2015 Landscape Photographer of the Year! This will be LCUK’s second exhibition in Bath and look forward to replicating the success that we had in 2015.