Sketch for Survival Exhibition

Image credit: Part of the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction. Artist: Siobhan Barlow

Ahead of the auction at the Explorers against Extinction event, An unprecedented collection of wildlife art called Sketch for Survival has gone on display for the very first time.

The collection has been put together by The Real Africa Trust, to raise awareness about the threats to iconic species, including rhino and elephant. All artwork is also available to purchase via online auction with all profits being donated to conservation projects pivotal in the battle to save them.

Credit: Part of the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction. Artist: Katy Jade Dobson

At the heart of the Sketch for Survival collection are wonderful original artworks generously donated by leading international wildlife artists, as Sara White from the Real Africa Trust explains, “Artwork has been arriving from all around the world – one day it was an elephant from Australia, the next a cheetah from France and a buffalo from Japan. At the height of Hurricane Harvey, we even had a zebra arrive all the way from Houston. We’ve 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.”

Credit: Part of the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction. Artist: Pip McGarry

“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.”

Credit: Part of the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction. Artist: Owain George

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, as Sara White says, “15 was chosen as a significant number. In recent years elephants have been killed for their ivory at a rate as high as one every 15 minutes. That’s 100 a day. Of the five species of rhino, three are critically endangered including the African Black Rhino. Lion too face a battle for survival, disappearing from at least 12 African countries. We wanted to highlight these shocking statistics.”

Sketch for Survival Exhibition LONDON (FREE ENTRY):

The Crypt Gallery, Dukes Road Entrance (off Euston Road), London, NW1 2BA:
Tuesday 26th September 2pm – 8pm (private view 6pm – 8pm), Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September 10am – 7pm

Sketch for Survival Exhibition BATH (FREE ENTRY):

Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG:
Wednesday 4th October 12pm – 7pm and
Thursday 5th October 10am – 4pm



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, with Sotheby’s Deputy Director and specialist in contemporary art Tom Eddison on hand to lend his expertise.

Purchase tickets for the Explorers against Extinction event here.

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