A sketching day with an artist at Bowood House & Gardens

A sketching day with an artist at Bowood House & Gardens

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Derry Hill


SN11 0LZ

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A sketching day with an artist: start with a guided walk in the garden and spend the day drawing from vistas

About this event

The RIBA Wiltshire Branch invites you to a summer sketching day at Bowood House & Gardens Grade 1 

Your ticket includes entrance to the grounds, guided garden tour, all refreshments, lunch and the attention of experienced artist Nick Andrew, present all day to offer delegates the advice and recommendations they may need.

This event is open to all, whether you are a beginner or an established sketcher.

The venue for our sketching day: one of the best stately homes in Wiltshire

Bowood is a grade I listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. It is adjacent to the village of Derry Hill, halfway between Calne and Chippenham in Wiltshire, England. The greater part of the house was demolished in 1956. Bowood House sits within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. 

Home to the Lansdowne family since 1754

The Bowood Estate was bought in 1754 by the 1st Earl of Shelburne, his descendants have lived here ever since. Not simply landowners, the Petty-Fitzmaurices have served in public office almost continuously for over 200 years.

The changing fortunes of the family, through difficult and easier times, are reflected in the evolution of Bowood.

Bowood House hosts a wealth of unique art and antiques with many historical treasures.

Visitors can explore the family Library and Chapel, the room where Joseph Priestley discovered Oxygen in 1774, the Sculpture Gallery, the Orangery and a range of exhibition rooms.

Nearly 300 years of amazing artefacts and antiques from the family history are on display.

Extract from Bowood website. For more information, click here. Pictures courtesy of Bowood House & Gardens.


You will find some notes on Nick below, for more information, please click here.

In order for the artist to dedicate quality time with each delegate, places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

We hope the sun will join us on the day but please wear sensible shoes and clothing as an external tour of the house and gardens is included in the programme.

Car parking is free on site. 

This event counts as CPD: don't forget to add the points and hours to your RIBA Members Profile Online CPD Recorder.

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Nick Andrew

Nick studied art and graphic design in Oxford, London and Cheltenham. Since graduating in 1979, he has been working as a painter and lecturer. He has exhibited his work in galleries throughout the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA.

Nick’s home and studio is in part of a watermill on the upper reaches of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire.

Over the past decade he has worked on commissions for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London; P&O BHHI Hospital, London; Royal London Hospital; Broadgate Estates; Barnet Hospital; Prudential Assurance; Salisbury Hospital; HQ Properties; St. Georges Hospital, Tooting; Tatchbury Mount Hospital, Southampton.

Nick has paintings in a range of public and private collections including Scottish Equitable, Shell UK, Lloyd’s Bank, Weetabix, North Sea Ferries, Cable and Wireless, Hilton International, Texaco, Hampshire County Council, Houses of Parliament, Longleat Estate, Sainsburys plc, Prudential Assurance.

Nick was the founder and is the coordinator for the Wylye Valley Art Trail, the largest visual arts event in Wiltshire, involving over 280 artists and craftspeople.

Nick describes his work as follows :

“I’m drawn to quiet and secluded places within my immediate landscape and have spent much of the past 2 decades working from this beautiful area, with river, ponds, water-meadows and woodland close to where I live and work on the banks of the River Wylye, South Wiltshire

I observe the changes from day to day and season to season. I find it constantly compelling and am attracted in particular by the abstract qualities in the landscape: patterns in the river flow, multi- layering and reflectivity; also the textures, contrasts and depths in the forest and the movement, rhythms and colours of field grasses and plant life. I would like to think that I convey through my paintings a sense of the movement, life and my own ‘solitary involvement’ with this landscape.”

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