Sketch for Survival


One elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes. That's 100 a day. An average of three rhinos a day are killed for their horn. To raise awareness of these shocking statistics we asked artists & celebrities to do a simple 15 minute sketch to support our campaign.

Our ‘Sketch for Survival’ exhibition now comprises of over 100 pieces of artwork, both professional works donated by leading wildlife artists as well as sketches from celebrity supporters.  Each piece will be framed or mounted and exhibited online, as well as being displayed at the Royal Geographical Society during our Explorers against Extinction event on the evening of 12 October 2017. We are delighted that Tom Eddison, Deputy Director & Specialist in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's will be with us on the night to lend his expertise and run a short auction for a few of the pieces.

The collection will also be on display to the public in the form of short pop-up exhibitions, opening in Norwich on World Rhino Day on Friday 22nd September. Venue details below:

The Crypt Gallery, Norwich School, Cathedral Close, NR1 4DH: Friday 22nd September 10am - 5pm and Saturday 23rd September 10am - 4pm
The Crypt Gallery, Dukes Road Entrance (off Euston Road), London, NW1 2BA: Tuesday 26th September 2pm - 8pm (private view 6pm - 8pm), Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September 10am - 7pm
Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG: Wednesday 4th October 12pm - 7pm and 
Thursday 5th October 10am - 4pm
Entry is free.

 A capsule collection will be exhibited. If you wish to see a specific lot please 
 email to enquire. All lots will be on display at the RGS on 12 October.

The purpose of the exhibition is twofold. We aim to raise vital awareness about the threat of extinction to iconic species such as elephant, lion and rhino, as well as raising funds and donating resources to nominated wildlife charities and organisations. Full details can be found on the Our Charities page.
All artwork has been donated to raise funds for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Animals saving Animals (ASA). Profits will be split evenly between them unless otherwise marked on individual lots.

Please register and keep visiting the auction site as we have lots more artwork currently being catalogued, posted to us or created that will be added week by week until the 1st October.

Please bid generously for these great causes.

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The Sketch for Survival Collection

Original Artwork

Oils, watercolours and other mediums in work donated by professional artists.

Sketches - Artists

Pencil sketches from wildlife artists from the UK, Europe and around the World.

Sketches - Celebrity Supporters

Sketches from celebrity supporters, explorers, and others supporting our  campaign.

Limited Edition Prints/Books

Signed limited edition prints & signed limited edition books from leading wildlife artists
Our Sketch for Survival collection of over 100 artworks and sketches will be on display at the Explorers against Extinction evening on the 12th October. Sotheby's Deputy Director and Specialist in Contemporary Art, Tom Eddison will be on hand to lend his expertise. We are delighted to announce that Tom will also be running a live auction on the night for select lots (to be announced).
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