Sketch for Survival

Sketch for Survival is a global art initiative in aid of conservation.


Our annual collection of original artworks is donated by professional and celebrity artists. The collection celebrates the beauty and colour of the natural world while also raising awareness about the threats facing it, including those posed by human activity.

Diverse artworks, from oils and watercolours to sketches and street art,  exclusively feature endangered species and at-risk wild spaces.

All artwork donated to Sketch for Survival is available to purchase either through our online fundraising auction which takes place in November annually, or from our online or pop-up Affordable Art Gallery.

ALL PROCEEDS support our projects.


Sketch for Survival has donated over $250,000 USD to frontline conservation projects and has proved to be an effective way to raise awareness about a whole range of global issues, from the Illegal Wildlife Trade to Climate Change and habitat loss. More than 10,000 people visted our last exhibition tour.

All the species featured in our collection are listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List – the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Most have a categorisation of  Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered which means they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.

You can find out more about Sketch for Survival by following the links below.

Peter Schrank

The idea behind Sketch for Survival.

Details on how to enter the annual Sketch for Survival Competition.

Browse artwork by previous Sketch for Survival competition finalists.

Visit our 2021 Auction site and bid for the amazing artwork.

Find out more about some of our celebrity sketchers.

Results from the 2021 Competition announced at 1pm BST on 3 September.

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