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 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 very 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, either by an online auction or through our online and pop-up Affordable Art Gallery.

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 and the artwork collection sold for over £50,000.

Our annual art collection celebrates the beauty and colour of the natural world whilst also highlighting the threats posed by human activity.

In 2020 Sketch for Survival will comprise Wildlife and Wild Space art in two distinct collections (see below):

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

Sketch for Survival 2020 – important dates and information

The exhibition collection and full auction catalogue will be available to browse online from 9 October. This comprises our Invitational Collection, our SFS Introducing finalists and a selection of six wonderful photographic images. You can view the 200 strong collection in person on London’s South Bank at gallery@oxo from 11 – 22 November 2020. Admission is free. The online auction will conclude on two consecutive Sundays – 22 and 29 November.

All other art donated to this year’s SFS Introducing campaign is now for sale in aid of our projects though our Affordable Art Gallery.

To enjoy a sneak peek at this year’s SFS Introducing finalists and short-lists please click here. Unfortunately, the Invitational collection is strictly under wraps until 9 October!

Previous Campaigns:

Nicola Reif

Natalie Graham

Linda Rossin

Emily Lamb