AFC Artists and Royal Geographic Society Fundraiser for Wildlife

October 7, 2017 share
Artists for Conservation

On October 12 through 15, Several AFC artists are lending support to a major conservation fundraiser. Participating AFC artists include: Stephane Alsac, Guy Combes, Carrie Cook, Gary Hodges, Kate Jenvey, Karen Lawrence-Rowe, Ann London, Clive Meredith, Jeremy Paul, Pollyanna Pickering, Craig Roberts, Geraldine Simmons, Su Shimeld, Jonathan Truss and Paula Weigmink. Following is the press release describing the event.

Sketch for Survival is a collection of over 160 pieces of wildlife artwork donated by leading international artists from 14 different countries, as well as by celebrity supporters. These include Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. All the artworks are available to view and bid for via the campaigns' online auction site until Sunday 15 October. All profits go to help fight  wildlife crime through the charities The Sheldrick Trust and Animals Saving Animals, trainers of the anti-poaching dog squads..

The collection can be viewed at the Sketch for Survival Auction

The campaign and auction are the idea of small UK conservation charity The Real Africa Trust. As Sara White from the Trust explains: "In recent years elephants have been killed for their ivory at a rate as high as one every 15 minutes. Three of five species of rhino including the African Black Rhino are critically endangered with extinction a very real possibility within a decade and lions also face a struggle for survival, disappearing from at least 12 African countries. We wanted to highlight these shocking statistics while also raising money to help projects on the ground, making a real difference in Africa.

We asked artists and celebrities to spend just 15 minutes on a sketch of any endangered wildlife. We have been overwhelmed by the response. Many have chosen to kindly donate time consuming, complex pieces of original artwork - we have acclaimed artists such as Karen Laurence-Rowe, Clive Meredith, Pollyanna Pickering, Craig Roberts, Jonathan Truss and Gary Hodges, who have all donated work plus many other wonderful pieces from AFC members. We are also incredibly grateful to all our celebrity supporters from explorers like Levison Wood and television presenters Liz Bonnin and Ray Mears, to sport personalities and politicians."

The Sketch for Survival collection also features several rare pieces including a David Shepherd archive featuring 123 pieces of his work and signed by the late great man and a sketch by the late Paul Bosman

Sketch for Survival is part of a wider conservation campaign organised by the Trust called Explorers against Extinction. The campaign will close with a gala event in London at The Royal Geographical Society with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and many special guests on Thursday 12 October. Tickets £20-£100 from Ticket Source, include entry to the Sketch for Survival exhibition where all the artworks will be on display curated by Tom Eddison, Deputy Director and Specialist in Contemporary Art at Sothebys.

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