SFS Introducing is new for 2019. This free-to-enter competition offers artists over the age of 16 years the chance to compete for a place at our autumn exhibition, and to have their work exhibited alongside our established professional artists and celebrities. Just 100 pieces will be selected from all submissions, by an expert panel led by Gary Hodges.
One artist will earn the title SFS Introducing Artist of the Year.
No artwork will be wasted – those submissions not selected for the tour will go into the Sketch for Survival Art Gallery to be purchased in aid of Explorers against Extinction projects.
Sketch for Survival along with the SFS Introducing pieces will tour the UK between September and November 2019, visiting five different venues and finishing at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
There are three awards.
SFS Introducing 2019 Artist of the Year.
One artist from all the entrants to SFS Introducing will be selected by a panel of professional artists to be the recipient. The panel includes Gary Hodges, Alison Nichols and Karen Laurence Rowe. The winner will receive their award at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14th November + a £500 voucher to spend on art materials and equipment from GreatArt and a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.
The Leisure Painter’s People’s Choice Award
This award is chosen by the public, both viewing online and on the tour. It goes to the artwork in the touring collection with the most votes. The prize is a feature article on the winning artist in Leisure Painter magazine, a £500 voucher from GreatArt to redeem on art materials and equipment and a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.
The Artist Award
Presented to the artist who in the opinion of The Artist editorial team best captures the spirit of the Sketch for Survival campaign in a two-dimensional drawing or painting of any medium. The winner will be featured in The Artist and receive a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.
Submission Deadline is Friday 19th July. The 100 winning artists and artworks will be announced on Friday 30th August. The Award winners will be unveiled at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 14th November.
Full details and submission guidelines can be found below.
This is an opportunity to have your work exhibited in a high profile professional collection, alongside that of successful, international artists, at venues across the UK.
One artist will be selected as the SFS Introducing 2019 Artist of the Year. Shortlisted candidates will be invited as VIP guests to our finale event at the Royal Geographical Society in London in November. During the evening, the winner will be announced and invited on stage.
By contributing you will also show your support for wildlife conservation. At the heart of the initiative is a shocking statistic – one elephant is poached for its ivory every 26 minutes. Donating artwork to the exhibition helps to raise awareness about species extinction as well as raising funds to safeguard wildlife and empower communities to fight wildlife crime.
In 2018 the collection featured 478 artworks from artists in 30+ countries. Celebrities included explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Levison Wood, actors Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Fry, animator Nick Park, cook Mary Berry, writer Frederick Forsyth and many more. The collection sold in total, via online auction, for over £58,000.
Your artwork could be with them.The SFS Introducing 100 collection will be available for sale throughout the tour, with funds raised going towards selected frontline conservation projects.
Results are tangible. In 2018, for example, we donated $50,000 USD to build an anti-poaching dog unit at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is already protecting the parks wildlife and helping to save the lives of its rangers.Sketch for Survival is all about the power of art and the good it can do.
Any artist – professional, amateur, hobby or student – is invited to enter and support our campaign. You can live anywhere in the world – last year we had artwork from artists in more than 30 countries. You need to be at least 16 years old to participate.
We ask that artwork is an original signed piece and features an endangered species (or several!) – last year we enjoyed great variety from sloths, tigers and pangolins to polar bears, elephants and rhinos.
All submissions to SFS Introducing must be standard A4 or A3 in size (A4: 21 cm by 29.7 cm; A3:42 cm x 29.7 cm). They should be sent unmounted and unframed. We will frame the 100 successful pieces in our reusable frames. This will cut postage charges and paper/plastic waste from packaging. For unusual mediums/materials, artwork will be accepted, so long as pieces are in the size range A4 to A3 and are ready to hang.
All artworks must be original (not photocopies or photos of work). All mediums, techniques and styles are welcome. As well as paper and canvas, we accept artwork on any flat base – we have had metal, stone, wooden panels and elephant dung paper in the past. Sorry, no sculptures.
Some artists send 26-minute sketches, while others submit more complex (studio style) artworks. All are accepted and will be judged side by side on their artistic merits.
One work per artist.
We are accepting submissions until Friday 19th July2019.
Completed artwork should be posted to:
SFS Introducing, Lower Farm Barns, Happisburgh, Norwich, NR12 0QQ, UK.
Please enclose a printed copy of the Artist’s Submission Form with your artwork so we can catalogue and credit you correctly. The form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page – click on the orange link box.
We do not cover the cost of postage.
There are two main differences: the submission process and the way the artwork is sold.
SFS Introducing is open to all artists over the age of 16 years old – artwork goes into a selection process with 100 pieces, as agreed by our panel of experts, being exhibited on our UK tour. All artwork donated to SFS Introducing, irrespective of whether it is selected for exhibition or not, will be available to buy at pre-determined prices in aid of Explorers against Extinction.
Sketch for Survival is an invitational collection for established, professional wildlife artists and celebrities. Sketch for Survival artworks are auctioned online at the end of the tour.
After the submission deadline, all pieces will be judged by a panel of leading wildlife artists, including:
Gary Hodges is the UK’s best selling and most collectable wildlife artist. He is a judge for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards since 2008 and has won numerous awards in his own right.
Alison Nicholls lives in the US and is well-known for her field sketching – using pencil, ink and watercolour to quickly capture Africa’s iconic wildlife on paper. She leads Art Safaris for Africa Geographic, is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, and is a member of The Explorers Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
The results will be announced here on the Explorers against Extinction website on Friday 30th August.
All 100 selected pieces will be available for sale whilst on the UK tour and via the Explorers against Extinction website. If sold during the tour, they will continue to be exhibited and dispatched to the purchaser at the conclusion of the campaign.
Your piece will still contribute to the campaign and will go into the Sketch for Survival Art Gallery. These pieces will be sold at our exhibition venues and events and also via our online store, helping to raise funds for Explorers against Extinction projects. Every piece of art will contribute to the campaign.
Unfortunately we are unable to return pieces. If your artwork is not selected and you do not wish to support our conservation causes please include a stamped addressed envelope with your original submission.