Sketch for Survival

Wildlife Art Exhibition & Online Charity Auction

One African elephant is poached for its tusks every 26 minutes.

That’s more than 55 a day.

Sketch for Survival aims to raise awareness about species extinction while also raising significant funds to fight wildlife crime through our touring wildlife art exhibition and online charity auction.

(To our participating artists: Due to the volume of artworks and sketches currently arriving at Campaign HQ we may be slower than usual in confirming safe receipt of your work. Please bear with us!)

What is Sketch for Survival?

Sketch for Survival is an annual exhibition and sale of wildlife art in aid of conservation. Sketch for Survival comprises sketches, original art, illustrations and cartoons, all depicting endangered wildlife from around the world and donated by the professional art community as well as by celebrities.

In 2018 the collection featured 478 artworks from artists in over 30 different 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, food writer Mary Berry, author Frederick Forsyth and many more. The collection sold in total, via online auction, for over £58,000.

The collection toured the UK and visited New York selling for over £58,000.

This year the Sketch for Survival 2019 collection will tour the UK between September and November 2019, visiting five different venues and finishing at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The 150 piece collection will be sold in an online auction concluding on Sunday 17th November 2019.

All the artwork in our core Sketch for Survival collection is donated by professional and award-winning artists. These are joined by sketches and other artworks donated by our celebrity and explorer supporters.


An additional 100 pieces will be selected by an expert panel of wildlife artists from our new SFS Introducing free-to-enter art competition. The competition is open to all artists – professional, amateur, hobby or student. Please see SFS Introducing for details of the submission process and the awards.

This year, for the first time, the Sketch for Survival collection will be joined on tour by Focus for Survival, a collection of wildlife photography donated by leading wildlife photographers.

If you are a professional artist interested in supporting us through our Invitation Collection please contact Robert Ferguson at robert@explorersagainstextinction.co.uk for details.

If you are already in touch with us and participating in Sketch for Survival 2019 you can download full submission guidelines and forms via the links below.