Wanted: artist to dive and show the magic of our seas!

An artist prepared to take the plunge and seek inspiration beneath the waves is being sought by The Wildlife Trusts and the Society of Wildlife Artists.

The organisations’ Undersea Art Award will pay for an artist to undergo dive training with the opportunity to exhibit art inspired by marine life at the SWLA annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Previous winners have created wonderful art works to highlight the urgent need for Marine Conservation Zones.

The Undersea Art Award is launched in October 2014. Applicants have until Friday 27 February to say how they’d make the most of the experience. The award, established in 2007, provides a bursary for an established artist to learn to dive and then to work underwater off the coast, recording the wildlife of the sea. The works created to raise awareness of the plight of our marine life from around the UK coast range from paintings to sculpture.

Previous winners have included: painters, Esther Tyson from Derbyshire, Kim Atkinson from North Wales and Antonia Phillips who dived off the Dorset coast for inspiration. Another painter, Anna Kirk-Smith dived off the Yorkshire coast, while Harriet Mead, sculptor and President of the Society of Wildlife Artists, discovered the wonders of the Norfolk coast.

For more information and an application form please visit the Wildlife Trusts website