Sketch for Survival
Wildlife Art Exhibition & Online Charity Auction
Sketch for Survival – sketching a future for endangered species
On average, one African elephant is poached in the wild every 26 minutes
Sketch for Survival is a global art initiative. The aim is to highlight the plight of elephants and other iconic species; to raise awareness about threats to habitats and to raise funds through the sale of affordable artwork for nominated frontline projects.
The idea is simple: we reach out to professional artists and celebrities and ask them to donate a 26 minute sketch or other artwork featuring an endangered species or at-risk wild space. The collection tours the UK in the autumn, often visiting prestigious venues. The artwork is then sold in aid of our projects.
In 2016 we started with just a handful of sketches at our annual RGS London event but over the last few years the initiative has gathered momentum, proving to be an incredibly effective way to connect with a wide audience and to trigger conversations about tough topics ranging from extinction to climate change. Over 10,000 people visited the exhibition tour in 2019.
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, Joanna Lumley, Ray Mears and Stephen Fry.
Our annual art collection always offers great variety, from sketches and complex studio artworks to street art, illustrations & mosaic works. We’ve been fortunate to exhibit the collection at a number of prestigious venues including gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank, the Salmagundi and Explorer Clubs in New York and the Royal Geographical Society London. 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