Sketch for Survival

Wildlife Art Exhibition & Online Charity Auction

The Sketch for Survival 2019 Auction has finished.

Thank you to everybody who supported us on the tour and by bidding in the online auction. We will post the amount raised on the 29th November when we have invoiced for all the pieces but its looking good – all four of our 2019 Projects will be fully funded.

What is Sketch for Survival?

Sketch for Survival is an annual exhibition and sale of wildlife art in aid of conservation. The collection comprises sketches, studio artworks, illustrations and cartoons, all depicting endangered wildlife from around the world.

In 2018 the collection featured over 400 artworks from artists in 30+ 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.

Due to the popularity of the initiative,  this year’s core collection is invitational, comprising pieces donated by professional artists and some of our celebrity supporters. We also have a free-to-enter art competition, SFS Introducing – please see the relevant page for details. 

The 2018 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 in the autumn, visiting five different venues and finishing at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The 150 piece core 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 on an invitational basis. These are joined by sketches and other artworks donated by our celebrity and explorer supporters.


An additional 100 artworks 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 collection will be joined on tour by Focus for Survival, a collection of wildlife photography donated by leading wildlife photographers and celebrity supporters.

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

If you are already in touch with us and contributing to the Sketch for Survival 2019 invitational collection you can download full submission guidelines and forms via the links below. The submission deadline is 31 July. Please note: the deadline has now passed for SFS Introducing and the selection process has begun.