There's a campaign underway to vote for Britain's National Bird
Bewick illustrated all of the short-listed birds in his British Birds.
7 Land Birds.
3 Water Birds.
You can view the Bewick illustrations on Flickr here
For more information about WALK and the project that this exhibition is a part of, To Bewick and Back: From Cherryburn into History, please see www.walk.uk.net
The ‘To Bewick and Back’ project is coordinated by the University of Sunderland’s WALK research group assisted by The Bewick Society, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Gateshead Council. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Dr Frank Atkinson died on Monday 29 December
2014. Frank was the driving force behind the foundation of the Thomas Bewick
Birthplace Trust, the fore-runner of the Bewick Society, and acted as
our President for many years.
In the Guardian Martin Wainwright writes: "Atkinson was a devoted family man, marrying Joan Pierson in 1953, after she was appointed a junior assistant to Halifax’s museum service. The couple settled with their three sons in Ovingham, Northumberland, where he worked after retirement with the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust and as a member of the national Museums and Galleries Commission, since disbanded. He was awarded the CBE in 1995 and was an honorary doctor of civil law at Durham University." http://bit.ly/1791rEd
There have been several other appreciations. Here are links to a selection.
Includes the winner of the Bewick Prize 2014: The Boatyard, Shirley Smith 2014.
20th November – 28th December 2014
(please note change of closing date)
77th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers
Jenny Blyth Fine Art at:
6 King Street
Oxford OX2 6DF Telephone 01865 604070 Website www.jennyblythfineart.co.uk Website wwwwww.artjericho.com
Private View 22nd November at 17.00 hrs. following SWE AGM in Oxford.
Open Wed – Sun 12.00 – 18.00 hrs. (Closed 24, 25, 26 December)
There will be a public lecture ‘Thomas Bewick
Walks: the Pedestrian Engraver’ by Peter Quinn, Chair of The Bewick
Society, on the evening of Thursday 13th November.
Please encourage a friend or two to come along to ensure a good audience on
the evening. This event will take place in the Lamesley Room of the
Gateshead Civic Centre, starting at 6.30pm (lecture begins at 7pm
prompt), there will be time to view the ‘Bewick & Back: Wildlife,
Walking & Art’ exhibition and in the lecture room there will be an
exhibition on the walks i.e. photographs, poems and prose arising out
of the Bewick Walks.
The ‘Bewick & Back: Wildlife, Walking
& Art’ exhibition is located in the public art space of the
Gateshead Civic Centre and features an assemblage of new facsimiles
taken from Bewick's wonderful wood engravings. Car parking is available
at the Civic Centre (charges apply), which can be found using the
postcode NE8 1HH. If using public transport, the Civic Centre is around
four minutes walk from Gateshead Interchange. We hope you can get along
to see it at some time.
The aim of the Bewick Society is to promote an interest in the life and work of Thomas Bewick and related subjects, especially with regard to wood-engraving. The Society publishes a Journal called the Cherryburn Times, normally twice a year. This provides a forum for the activities of the Society and keeps members informed about the latest research into the life and work of Bewick and his apprentices. Members publish articles about their own special interests where relevant to the Society. The Society also arranges visits to special collections, some of which are not normally open to the general public. It encourages the development of facilities for conservation and display of Bewick related materials, including wood-engraving as practised by those following in Bewick's footsteps. Membership of the Society also gives free admission to the museum at Cherryburn, where Thomas Bewick was born, now in the care of the National Trust