We take pride in representing the very best illustrators and designers from Dorset and the surrounding areas.

We specialise in offering a bespoke illustration and design service that will enhance a space, creatively communicate your brand and bring your words and concepts to life.

We have worked with a broad range of clients on many exciting projects since 2008. Check out Our Work here.

We also run Paper Jam – a monthly curated art market showcasing new prints and products by South West Artwork illustrators as well as emerging talent and local craft makers.

The SWA Team

Laura Mulhern : Creative Director

Laura Mulhern

Creative Director

Laura Mulhern is the co-founder of South West Artwork. She is also a freelance marketer and professional violinist.

Having worked in a variety of roles since graduating from St Mary’s University, Twickenham including television production and directing for theatre, Laura moved to Dorset in 2006 to make the most of living by the UK coast and set up SWA officially in 2008. She manages the every-day activity of SWA specialising in promoting and developing emerging visual artists from the region, as well as managing bespoke commissions for clients and developing new art and community projects for the region.

Laura has been awarded an UnLtd Award for social entrepreneurship and was a finalist for the Open for Business Awards as social media campaign manager for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Laura is also a member of AMA – Arts Marketing Association.

Lois Clark : Director and Online Marketer + Members Support

Lois Clark

Director and Online Marketer + Members Support

Lois Clark is a contemporary abstract painter and art consultant based in Bournemouth.

After graduating with a Fine Art degree from the University of Plymouth in 2006, she began her career in London, whilst continuing as a practising artist.

Lois is part of a collaborative studio group called the Artworks, based in Poole where she specialises in process driven painting. She has been actively involved in the running of the studios and has curated several exhibitions at the Artworks gallery. Lois is Co-Director for South West Artwork, providing comprehensive advice and support on commissions, exhibitions and careers to artists and managing online marketing and promotion for the agency.

This year Lois commences study for MA Cultural and Arts Management at the University of Winchester.

Lola : Muse



Lola has been with SWA from the very start - our very pink, yet elegant mascot standing tall amongst the pigeons. We are very proud of her standing out from the crowd, just like our artists. Lola flew over from South America one year to explore the Dorset landscape. She found us and decided to stay ever since.