A British Art Fundraiser ‘British Wildlife by British Artists’ features 27 renowned artists, who have come together to raise funds for Cornwall, Scottish, Sussex and Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts. Artwork including painting, sculpture, woodwork, felt work, jewellery and printmaking, goes on sale at 12 noon on 16 April 2021. The exhibition will celebrate the diverse flora, fauna and landscapes of the beauty of the British Isles. Artists are donating up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork to the Trusts.
The exhibition is the second organised by Artists for Painted Dogs and Other Wildlife, whose inaugural Global Art Fundraiser last year raised over £40,000 for Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe and Wildlife ACT in South Africa, doing vital work to save the endangered African Painted Dog (5% of funds raised from the British Exhibition will go to Wildlife ACT to continue to support their projects).
With more than half of the UK's species in decline, the work of The Wildlife Trusts has never been so important. Around 88,000 different species of animals, plants and fungi are known to share the UK with its human population. A combination of climate, geology and land-use history makes the UK’s landscape a surprisingly diverse place, even if today its wildlife is a shadow of its former self and many natural habitats are under pressure.
The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 2,300 nature reserves, covering 98,500 hectares, and, when possible, operate more than 100 visitor and education centres in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man.
Saving the UK’s wildlife and wild places and helping them to recover from past losses and damage has been a central aim of The Wildlife Trusts throughout their history. And helping people to get closer to nature, which has never been more welcome than over the past year.
“Art is such a powerful tool to spread awareness and wonderment at the natural world. Touching people both visually and emotionally, it is something which when embraced, can be incredibly transforming." Heather Irvine, Artist and Curator, Artists for Painted Dogs
The Exhibition, organised by renowned UK artist Heather Irvine, includes many well-known artists such as Stephen Rew (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2019), Hazel Mountford (finalist twice at DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, and the winner of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year-British Mammals), Jo Maynard (finalist at DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year for six years in a row), John Threlfall (winner of the Swarovski/Birdwatch Bird Artist of the Year Award, 2007), Julie Brunn (finalist at DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2018 and 2019), Kittie Jones (awarded the RSPB Award at the Natural Eye exhibition in 2018) and Lisa Hooper (Dry Red Press Printmakers award at The Natural Eye, 2019). Full list of artists given below.
As well as raising awareness of the work of the wildlife trusts, the aim is to raise much-needed funds (especially with the additional challenges brought by COVID-19) to support these incredible organisations doing vital work to save the UK’s wildlife and wild places. Also to support artists who are struggling with physical exhibitions being closed during COVID-19, but even whilst facing financial challenges, are donating 50% or more of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork to the five organisations.