Sketch for Survival
Wildlife Art Exhibition & Online Charity Auction
Sketch for Survival – sketching a future for endangered species
Sketch for Survival is an art initiative. It was inspired by a shocking statistic – on average, one elephant is poached in the wild every 26 minutes. We wanted to highlight the plight of elephants and other iconic species and invited professional artists and celebrity supporters to help us by donating a simple 26-minute wildlife sketch to our touring exhibition.
The idea was simple: to raise awareness about threats facing wildlife and wild spaces while also raising funds through the sale of artwork for frontline projects. We started with just a handful of sketches. Within a few years, the initiative evolved and gathered momentum. The exhibition has proved to be an incredibly effective way to connect with a wide audience and to trigger conversations about tough topics from extinction to climate change. Today, artists in more than 30 countries have contributed. Celebrity supporters include Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Nick Park, Mary Berry, Frederick Forsyth, Bill Nighy and Stephen Fry.
In 2020 we’ve introduced a new category in order to highlight at risk wild spaces as well as endangered wildlife.
Our annual art collection always offers great variety, from sketches and complex studio artworks to street art, illustrations & mosaic works and has been exhibited in prestigious venues over the years including gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank, the Salmagundi and Explorer Clubs in New York and the Royal Geographical Society. Funds raised by the sale of artwork have helped numerous frontline projects in both Africa & Asia.
In 2020 Sketch for Survival will comprise Wildlife and Wild Space art in two distinct collections:
SFS Invitational – 100+ artworks donated by invited professional artists and celebrity supporters. Details – Click here
SFS Introducing – 100 artworks selected by an expert panel from all submissions received to our free-to-enter competition. Details – Click here