Sketch for Survival


Our ‘Sketch for Survival’ exhibition will comprise a collection of artwork, featuring both professional pieces donated by leading wildlife artists as well as pictures from celebrity sketchers.  Each piece, ranging from oils, watercolours and sketches to photos and doodles, 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.

The collection will also be on display to the public in London for the week leading up to the event.

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.

An online auction for the pieces will run in the weeks leading up to the event. Final bidding via silent auction will be held on the night, with the top lots being revealed at the end of the evening.

Sketch for Survival artwork will be available to view from Monday 24th July.  Bidding, via the online auction, opens 24 July - 15 October.
The link to the online auction site will be posted here.

Our auction partners iRostrum, who are supporting Sketch for Survival, are currently finishing the bespoke auction site for its 24th July launch date.

Please keep visiting the auction site as new artworks and sketches will be added as they arrive from our artists and celebrities right up until the 1st October.
Donate a Sketch


Karen Laurence-Rowe
This award-winning wildlife artist works from her studio in Nairobi which enables her to get into the field regularly to sketch and photograph the wildernesses she loves. Her concern for what is happening to the wildlife around her is reflected in her work.

Karen Laurence-Rowe website
Gary Hodges
Gary Hodges is the UK’s best selling and most collectable pencil artist, an impressive accolade for a self-taught and self-published artist. Through his wildlife art well over half a million pounds has been given back to protect the wildlife he feels so passionate about.

Gary Hodge website
Gabriel Alborozo
Alborozo is a cartoonist and illustrator based in East Sussex. His cartoons appeared regularly for 20 years in numerous magazines and papers including Private Eye, Punch, the Spectator, Prospect and the Oldie.  As an author / illustrator for children he has created books for Henry Holt, Egmont, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, Walker, Candlewick, Childs Play and Allen and Unwin.

Gabriel Alborozo website
Martin Aveling
Born into a family of zoologists in 1982, Martin grew up amidst forest and savannah creatures of central and eastern Africa. Through his paintings, Martin strives to raise the profile of endangered wildlife around the world and to generate support for its conservation.

Martin Aveling website
Clive Meredith
Clive is a self-taught artist & is renowned for the stunning realism of his work and the ability to inject real life & character into his works. In 2010 he was named Wildlife Artist of the Year & has appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year three times.

Clive Meredith website
Guy Combes
Guy Combes lives & works in California, & has carved a niche with his broad knowledge of the biodiversity of Kenya, where he was born & raised.  Guy brings a rich & immersive lifetime of experience to his paintings, & has received numerous awards and representations from museums, galleries & societies in N. America & Europe.

Guy Combes  website


Giles Clark - Big Cat expert and director of cats and conservation at The Big Cat Sanctuary, star of BBC 's 'Tigers About the House' and 'Ingenious Animals'.
Fern Britton - TV Presenter & author
Crista Cullen MBE - Olympic Gold medal winning Team GB Hockey player
Andy McNab - SAS veteran & best-selling author
Anne Fine OBE - Award-winning children's author & Children's Laureate
Alastair Humphreys - Adventurer & Author
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