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.


We have donated over £300,000 GBP to frontline conservation projects and found our exhibitions a really effective way to raise awareness about a whole range of global issues, from the Illegal Wildlife Trade to Climate Change. In 2021 Sketch for Survival artwork and Focus for Survival imagery was exhibited in the Blue Zone of COP26 in Glasgow, including in the Leaders’ Lounge.

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.

Browse artwork by previous Sketch for Survival competition finalists.

Find out more about some of our celebrity sketchers.


Our annual free-to-enter art competition is your chance to get involved in Sketch for Survival.

Submissions open 1 February – 30 June.  Find out more below!

The 2022 Sketch for Survival Competition is now OPEN. Full details here.

The 2022 Sketch for Survival Junior Competition is now OPEN. Full details here.

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