Sketch for Survival is an unprecedented collection of wildlife art, part of the wider Explorers against Extinction campaign to raise awareness about the threats facing many of the world’s most iconic species including elephant, rhino, lion and tiger. The collection comprises over 400 pieces of artwork kindly donated by leading international artists across 30 countries, as well as many celebrity supporters including Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Mary Berry, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry and Richard E Grant. Over 60 rare and endangered species are depicted.
One elephant in Africa is currently poached for its tusks every 26 minutes and contributing artists have been asked to spend the same amount of time on their wildlife sketch. Many have chosen to spend longer, donating beautiful complex artworks. All artwork is available to purchase via online auction with profits being donated to Explorers against Extinction conservation charity partners working to protect wildlife.
The exhibition is touring the UK throughout the autumn before moving to New York in the US.
Artwork credits: Tiger Face by Eric Ray; Youthful Exuberance by Chris McClelland; Disappearing Species by Kate Strom Fields; Tea Time by Tom Tinn Disbury; Ermin by Sophie TeaReturn