The Society of Wood Engravers 83rd Annual Exhibition

*This exhibition will be on display in our gallery from 12th April to 7th May. Come in weekdays from 9am to 5pm to see the beautifully crafted and incredible detailed original works on display. Free entry, no booking required.

Qube is delighted to be hosting The Society of Wood Engravers 83rd Annual Exhibition.

The Society exists to promote wood engraving. It is the principal organisation and rallying point for those interested in the subject; it also maintains a lively interest in other forms of relief printmaking. Essentially, it is an artists’ exhibiting society. There are currently seventy-eight members, practising artists who, having joined as subscribers have been elected members.

The Society was founded in 1920 by a group of artists that included Philip Hagreen, Robert Gibbings, Lucien Pissaro, Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill. They held an annual exhibition that attracted work from other notable artists such as David Jones, John and Paul Nash, Paul Gauguin and Clare Leighton. The group thrived until war broke out, disrupted the demand for their work and cut the supply of materials. In the years that followed, there was a return to the annual exhibition but the group and the cultural context had changed.

After a decade in which there were no exhibitions, the SWE was revived in the early 1980s and has built up an international reputation for excellence. The annual touring exhibition, stringently selected from an open submission, visits several venues each year, showing the best of current work from Britain and other countries.

Click the images below to see them in full. Prints of these images and others are available to purchase in the gallery or by contacting us on or 01691 656882.