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Pollyanna to join Conservation Delegation to China

Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering will be travelling to China later this month, as part of an official delegation of conservationists in a bid to encourage protection of threatened species worldwide.

A selection of Pollyanna’s original paintings will be included in the Artist for Conservation Society’s International exhibition at the Lanwan Art Museum which forms part of a 50-acre ecological park art village and public gallery, located in one of China's most beautiful and important coastal cities - Qingdao City.Pollyanna gets some help with her sketches on her first journey in to China!

A delegation of 12 artists and conservationists will be in attendance for a formal opening week of events, including talks and official banquets. Pollyanna is the only artist to have been invited to attend from the UK or Europe – her fellow delegates will all be travelling from Canada or North America.

“It is a huge honour to have been invited to take part in this ground breaking International Festival of Wildlife art – the first of its kind in China.” Pollyanna commented “It is a wonderful opportunity to promote a message of conservation and animal protection – with paintings there is no language barrier.”

Pollyanna, who lives and works in Matlock, will also be demonstrating her artistic skills throughout the event – sketching birds of prey from life while chatting to guests about her work. One of the resulting sketches will be auctioned during a closing gala event to raise funds to support youth education and wildlife conservation efforts in China. Pollyanna gets some help with her sketches on her first journey in to China! (Right inset).

 Pollyanna with her canvas of a snow leopard which will be included in the exhibition Pollyanna with her canvas of a snow leopard which will be included in the exhibition Pollyanna with her canvas of a snow leopard which will be included in the exhibitionPollyanna, who has won numerous International awards for her artwork has made several previous visits to China in order to study and paint their unique wildlife. In the early 1990’s Pollyanna and her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise were first westerners ever to travel a remote area of the Tibetan Borderlands of China where they worked in a clinic for rescued pandas, helping to rear a six month old panda cub.

During the expedition they also trekked into the mountains to be rewarded by a sighting of a wild Giant panda – at a time when fewer than 50 westerners had seen this iconic species in the wild. Since then Pollyanna has returned to search for wild Amur tigers in the remote North Western Siberian borderlands of China, visited giant panda breeding facilities in the Southwest, and through her charitable Foundation raised funds to support the Animals Asia sanctuary for rescued moonbears. Paintings inspired by sketches made in the field during these journeys are included in the exhibition, which will run until 30th September 2017.Anna-Louise will also be joining the delegation acting as official photographer to the event – she will also complete a blog and write press articles on behalf of Artists for Conservation.

Artist For Conservation President and Founder Jeff Whiting explains, "Lanwan Eco Art Park represents a unique nexus between art and nature. Through this partnership, we are excited at the possibilities of maximizing the positive impact of AFC's art exhibition.

With a population of over 9 million, Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial center located between Beijing and Shanghai and connected to the world's longest sea bridge. The sailing events of 29th Olympic Games were held in Qingdao in 2008. Qingdao has been repeatedly named China's most liveable city.
Find out more at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk or follow the journey on Anna-Louise’s instagram account - @annalouisepix

* If you require any further information, or would like to interview Pollyanna about this event, please contact Anna-Louise 01629 55851 annalouise@talktalk.net
* Biographical details can be found at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk


Pollyanna Wins Gold Medal

TWASI Patron Pollyanna Pickering has been honoured with a National award for her artwork. Her painting ‘Study of a Jacob’s Ram’ has won the Gold Medal for the Best Painting in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition which is currently running in Cheshire .

The painting was selected from over two hundred works on exhibition at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, submitted by artists from throughout the UK and around the world. The event was selected by Artists and Illustrators magazine as one of the 12 most inspiring art exhibitions in the UK .

“It was a huge surprise” Pollyanna commented after collecting her award at the Preview evening “It is quite a subtle picture, and I thought it could easily be overlooked, so I am absolutely delighted that it was the painting which caught the judge’s eye!”
However Pollyanna is currently working on a collection of paintings inspired by wildlife from much further a field – her forthcoming Summer exhibition in her private gallery near Matlock will feature paintings of endangered species inspired by her expeditions to all seven continents.

Polyanna Pickering receiving her award from Alison Stafford Polyanna Pickering's Study of

Pollyanna receiving her award from AAA Chair Alison Stafford

If you require any further information, or would like to interview Pollyanna about this award, please contact Anna-Louise 01629 55851 annalouise@talktalk.net

Biographical details can be found at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk

Members in the News 2016

Congratulations to Tania Dreelinck who has been selected for 'Artists For Conservation Festival in Vancouver'
held in Canada - September 2016.

2 of her pastel paintings have been chosen for - www.artistsforconservation.org

Tania Dreelinck Caracal 'Chimp' by Tania Dreelinck

The “Baby Caracal” by Tania Dreelinck will be entered into the virtual exhibition.
Pastel on pastel mat.

“Chimp-and-see” by Tania Dreelinck has been selected for inclusion in the LIVE EXHIBIT IN VANCOUVER.
Pastel on pastel mat.



Members in the News 2015

James Lewis picks a Winner for Pollyanna!

James Lewis Awarding Pollyanna Pickering the Foundation 2015 Prize

The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis. The lucky winner, Sue Allen of Stafford has won a painting of a penguin.

James is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. He is regularly seen as an expert on BBC shows including The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. However James is also a great animal lover – who originally considered training to be a vet! Along with Pollyanna he acts as a patron of the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna was delighted that James was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds and campaigns for conservation and animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer exhibition the Foundation has raised £8000.00 which will be used to fund the retraining of Chinese workers from bear bile farms to become certified animal carers in a new sanctuary for animals which have been rescued from this cruel trade. Find out more about the work of the Foundation www.pollyannapickering.co.uk

Judith Mackay's painting of a Sumatran Tiger has been accepted for an exhibition - Nature As Art, Art As Awareness at The Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA that runs from 25th August to 4th October.

Its in pastel on PastelMat and size unmounted is 30x35cm.

Judith MacKays Tiger


Congratulations to those members who have had work selected for the 2015 David Shepherd Wildlife
Artist of the Year Exhibition.

The Gathering By H IrvinePerfect PlumageLittle Owl

Soul FreeAiyana

Carol Barrett
Christine Dadd 2 paintings selected
Andrew Faulkner
Desiree Hart
Mathew Howgrave-Graham
Heather Irvine 2 paintings selected
Angela Smith

Selected but not hung
Mandi Baykaa- Murray
Julie Cross

The David Shepherd Choice – the piece chosen by David Shepherd CBE as his favourite in the competition
Winner: The Valley – Sharpenhoe by Heather Irvine

Highly commended Christine Dadd Carpathian Wolf Aiyana (portrait) and Angela Smith African Queen (endangered

The rains finally came OilThe Valley


Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering

Passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects, TWASI patron Pollyanna Pickering has dedicated her life to environmental conservation, both on the national and international stage.

And now Pollyanna has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inspirational Women Awards held in Derby on 7th March.

The trophy was presented by the founder of the awards, Sonya Robotham, who said “We were so impressed by Pollyanna’s achievements across a wide range of sectors that we are proud to confer our highest honour on her, as someone who has not only made a significant and sustained contribution to life and the community in Derby and Derbyshire, but whose impact is felt far beyond the County.”
Pollyanna lives and works in a Victorian farmhouse in a tiny hamlet in the Peak District of Derbyshire. From her studio in this rural setting, she completes her critically acclaimed paintings, and produces exclusive work for corporations including Harrods. Her published work is sold in over 80 countries worldwide. She is most pleased when her work can raise money for causes close to her heart, and has designed for every major wildlife charity in the UK including the RSPB, WWF, Guide Dogs for the Blind and over 50 others.
In order to study and paint wildlife in its natural habitat, Pollyanna has braved some of the remotest and most inhospitable corners of the world. She has canoed through crocodile infested rivers and been charged by a wild tiger while searching for endangered species. In order to paint wild polar bears, she lived with the Inuit, travelling by dog sled and sleeping on the ice in tents and igloos at night. She was the first western woman ever to travel into a remote area of the Tibetan borderlands, where she worked in a hospital for sick pandas, and is the only wildlife artist ever to have painted the Ethiopian wolf – the most endangered wolf in the world – from life.

Every journey Pollyanna makes is followed by an exhibition of work which raises funds to help protect the animals which she so loves, through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Pollyanna established this charitable organisation with the aim of both alleviating the suffering of individual animals and conserving endangered species and habitats. Pollyanna also acts as patron of many other charities including The Born Free Foundation and The Badger Trust.

Pollyanna continues to set herself incredible personal challenges – last year she went on expedition into the Antarctic – and recently trekked through the Virunga mountains in Rwanda to study and paint mountain gorillas.

Pollyanna said ‘It is incredible to be given such a wonderful award for doing something I love. Looking back on my career even I find it hard to believe that I have managed to come so far, in spite of all the many challenges and setbacks over the years. These awards are all about inspiring other women and young girls to follow their dreams and their passion, and I am very honoured to be recognised in this way.”

Pollyanna Pickering Receiving her Lifetime Achievement Trophy


* We feel this award would provide a wonderful basis for a longer feature about Pollyanna, and her incredible lifetime's work! - if you would like to arrange an interview, or send a photographer, please contact Anna-Louise on 01629 55851 or 07957 158311 or Email: annalouise@talktalk.net

* Attached is an image of Pollyanna with her Lifetime Achievement Trophy.

* You can find additional background information at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk





Members in the News 2014

The Wildlife Artists Society International member photographer Phillip Petrou is overall winner of ...

The Daily Mail's Weekend magazine received over 10,000 entries for the competition and the judges this year are the presenters from Autumn Watch, here they explain why they picked their winners
The competition was split into five categories: Mammals; Birds; Insects; and Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians, with a final category for Under-18s. Our two technical judges – acclaimed wildlife photographer Simon Stafford, and Gray Levett, owner of top camera shop Grays of Westminster and Editor of Nikon Owner magazine – narrowed the entries down in each category to a short list of ten for our celebrity judges. 
Michaela Strachan The Wildlife Artists Society International
Michaela Strachan was assigned Mammals. Kate Humble took on Birds. Chris Packham was given Insects. Julia Bradbury tackled Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians while Steve Backshall, who's been whipping up a storm on the Strictly dance floor, considered the Under-18s. 
Once the judges had picked their winners, Simon and Gray had to name one overall victor, and they were unanimous in choosing accountant Philip Petrou's breathtaking study of a water vole admiring his own reflection in a river. Both Simon and Gray were impressed with the standard throughout. 

Phillip's winning shot was taken on a private stretch of river near East Malling in Kent; Michaela enjoyed the quirky nature of the photograph
‘I’ve been taking photographs since my early 20s,’ says Philip. ‘But then, about ten years ago, I went to a big cat sanctuary in Welwyn Garden City – it’s not there anymore – to photograph the lions and tigers. It’s been wildlife for me ever since.’

Michaela picked the winner of the Mammals category who turned out to be our overall winner
Philip’s winning shot was taken on a private stretch of river near East Malling in Kent. ‘I set myself up on a fold-up metal chair, with the seat just above the water level. I was wearing a pair of large gumboots and some army trousers which quickly got soaked. My Canon EOS 7D with a telephoto lens was on a tripod in the water. A lot of photographers will use semi-automatic settings, but that day I had so much time on my hands I started playing around with the manual settings and, once I’d worked them out, I never looked back.

“Water voles are very hard to photograph because they’re shy, but if you sit still they’ll tolerate you. I got to the river at 7am and was there all day until this little fellow decided to put in an appearance around teatime. I was lucky because, instead of plopping straight into the river, he stopped and seemed to look at his reflection in the water.’ Water Vole my Phillip

A single man, Philip lives alone in his house in Forest Hill, south-east London, but his ambition is to move to the Canterbury area where he has friends and where there would be a greater opportunity to encounter animals other than urban foxes. 

There will be plenty of chances to capture wildlife of a rather different order when Philip takes up his prize courtesy of Tatra Photography and accompanies photographic expert Simon Stafford on a three-day trip to Bavaria next March for a master class in photographing lynx, brown bears, elk and wolves. 
‘I’ve researched it on the internet and it’s a fantastic location,’ says Philip.

But he doesn’t want to stop there. ‘I’ll be 50 soon and I’m looking for something big to do. I’d like to go and see the gorillas in Rwanda, but my biggest ambition is to photograph the pandas in China.’
Michaela says: ‘This is an astonishing photograph, cute and a little bit quirky. The perfection of the mirror image is remarkable. To capture a shy little creature like this in such a perfect pose is extremely clever, needing a huge amount of patience and quite a lot of luck.’


Steve Backshall ‘I love the symmetry and the fact that an unnatural feature – the pipe – has taken on such perfect wild growth and become a part of this challenged animal’s world.’

Julia Bradbury ‘The reflection enhances the sharp brightness of this superb shot. Water voles are elusive creatures and to capture this moment so beautifully in broad daylight is a real treat.’

Chris Packham ‘This charming species has become an icon for conservationists and this fabulous image supports that status. It’s the poster this endearing creature has been crying out for!’

Kate Humble ‘This is one of those magic moments any photographer – wildlife or not – would love to capture. It’s a visual narrative, rich in character and colour and beautifully composed.’

Simon Stafford ‘It leapt out for me with its symmetry, not only in the framing of the vole in the pipe but also in the reflection which gives the impression of the figure eight. There’s no denying it’s cute too. ’

Gray Levett ‘My hands-down absolute favorite across all the entries is this looking-glass study of the water vole . Philip’s got everything right. It’s perfectly exposed, and the lighting is spot on.’

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Sir David Attenborough Picks a winner for Pollyanna

Sir David Attenborough with Pollyanna Pickering
Sir David Attenborough selecting the tickets with Pollyanna (left) and her daughter
Anna-Louise (right) who is also a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.

The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Winter Prize draw has been drawn by natural history broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough. The lucky winner, Mr Grayling of Sheffield has won an original painting of a fox.

For most people Sir David Attenborough is both the face and voice of Wildlife. As Britain 's best-known natural history film-maker, he has brought the wonders of the living world into our homes for nearly five decades. There are very few places on the globe that he has not visited during his career as a naturalist and broadcaster.

TWASI patron Pollyanna shares his passion for the environment and is equally committed to using her work to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species worldwide. She was therefore delighted that Sir David was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.

“We were so honoured that Sir David agreed to draw the winning tickets” Pollyanna told us “He is one of the world’s greatest natural historians and is an inspiration to everyone working in conservation. We thank him so much for his support”.

Between the sales of prize draw tickets and donations the Foundation has raised £2,279.00 which will be divided between the ongoing care of ‘Polly’ a moonbear rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam , and British Wildlife rescue projects.

Sir David is pictured selecting the tickets with Pollyanna (left) and her daughter Anna-Louise (right) who is also a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Find out more about the work of the Foundation at http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk/

If you would like to interview Pollyanna about the prize draw or the work of her foundation please contact Anna-Louise 01629 55851 annalouise@talktalk.net

For background information about Pollyanna and her Foundation visit http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk/

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Members in the News 2013

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