An unprecedented collection of wildlife art called Sketch for Survival will go on view for the very first time at the school’s Crypt Gallery on World Rhino Day. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday 22 September and 10am to 4pm on Saturday 23 September. The exhibition is free and open to members of the public.
The collection has been put together by Norfolk based charity, The Real Africa Trust, to raise awareness about the threats to iconic species, including rhino and elephant.
At the heart of the Sketch for Survival collection are original artworks generously donated by leading international wildlife artists, as Sara White from the Real Africa Trust explains, “We have been overwhelmed by the response from the art community and now have artwork from celebrated artists across a dozen countries. Katy Jade Dobson, Anne London, Atsu Harada, Karen Laurence Rowe, Pip McGarry, Tom Lazic, Pollyanna Pickering and Gary Hodges among them.”
“Gifted illustrators have also donated work to enrich our collection which now exceeds 150 pieces - from Jim Kay, who has famously illustrated the new Harry Potter editions, to Alex Williams whose witty Queen's Counsel cartoons appear regularly in the Times newspaper.”
“We are also incredibly thankful to have the support of so many celebrities, from Dame Judi Dench who donated a watercolour, to actor Stephen Fry, international cricketer Kevin Pietersen and many explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Colonel John Blashford-Snell and Levison Wood among them. All have generously put pen, paint or pencil to paper this summer to help us raise awareness about species extinction.”
The Trust originally approached artists and high profile individuals back in the Spring, requesting only a simple 15 minute sketch of any endangered wildlife to help them in their mission.
All artwork is available to purchase via online auction powered by iRostrum until 15 October 2017 with all profits being donated to conservation projects pivotal in the battle to save them: The David Sheldrick Wildife Trust (DSWT) and Norfolk based Animals saving Animals (ASA).
Below are some of the images that will be on display at the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction.
Below: Artwork by Stephen Fry
Below: Artwork by Siobhan Barlow
The Sketch for Survival exhibition and sale of artwork is part of a wider wildlife conservation campaign called Explorers against Extinction which culminates with an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 12 October with Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE and other special guests. The Sketch for Survival collection will be exhibited on the night. Norwich School pupils will be attending.