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ACCO UK Ltd, leading manufacturers of high quality artists’s pencils,
will be generously sponsoring an annual TWASI Derwent Drawing Award from 2019.
The Award will be judged at our Annual Exhibition, and go to the Best Drawing,
to include Graphite, Charcoal, Colour Pencils including Watercolour, Pastel Pencils, Pen and Ink.
The Prize will be to the value of £250,
 to include a wooden box of 120 colouring pencils from the Artists Collection.
So – Members start sharpening your pencils now!


The members of TWASI are sad to say goodbye to our long standing patron Lord Bath, we extend our sincere condolences to all his family.

Lord Bath (The 7th Marquess of Bath)

Lord Bath (The 7th Marquess of Bath) ObituaryBorn in 1932 the colourful Lord Bath (The 7th Marquess of Bath) was educated at Eton. Art was a major influence on the young Alexander Thynn (Viscount Weymouth 1946) having studied under Wilfred Blunt, Oliver Thomas & Gerald Leet at Eton, he later went to Paris and the art scene of the ‘Left Bank’. Here in the early fifties Lord Bath studied at the Academia Ranson under Roger Chastel and Henri Goetz and at the Academia Julien under Andre Planson.

During many years of living and working at Longleat the then Viscount Weymouth was able to develop his art and also took up writing, his first published novel being ‘The Carry-Cot’ (published by W.H.Allen).

In 1992, on the death of his father, Viscount Weymouth became the 7th Marquess of Bath and took over complete control of Longleat. Lord Bath was Patron of many societies and organisations and has ensured that Longleat has stayed at the forefront of animal conservation. 


Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE Obituary
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE Obituary
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE Obituary
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE Obituary

Read our full tribute to Daphne

For those wishing to make a donation to commemorate, and celebrate, Daphne’s life and help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to protect the wild lives Daphne loved so much, please click here – Thank you.

A book of condolence will be left at the DSWT’s Nairobi Orphanage from Sunday 15th April for those wishing to pay their respects and available to those visiting the Trust when it is open to the public daily between 11am and 12 noon. For those overseas, an online book of condolences will shortly be available via our website and, to anyone wishing to send a message before the book is online, please contact our Kenyan team here.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering
Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering

 We have been shocked and saddened to hear that Pollyanna Pickering has died after a short illness.

Pollyanna was a friend and member of The Wildlife Art Society International for many years, and a generous Patron of the Society, handing out our Awards at most of our Annual Exhibitions

She was an award-winning internationally famous wildlife artist, and an energetic worker for the conservation of wildlife. Her many expeditions to all corners of the globe gave her an insight into the critically endangered species which she loved to depict in
her paintings. Her dedicated conservation work formed the core of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, which will stand as her lasting legacy.

We extend our condolences and sympathies to her daughter Anna-Louise and her family at this very sad time.

Pollyanna will be sadly missed by all.
Sarais Crawshaw – TWASI Chairwoman



David Shepherd with Pollyanna PickeringWe heard with great sadness of the death of David Shepherd, wildlife artist, outspoken conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation charity.

David was a Patron of TWASI for many years until his health declined, and he attended many events, always showing great interest in the Society’s artists and our conservation ethic. He was a genuinely gregarious man, very generous with his time.

One of the methods he used to raise funds was to donate his own artwork, inspiring many other wildlife artists to do the same for conservation causes.
I can remember many auctions of wildlife art that he arranged at Christies, and with David himself as the Auctioneer, what hilarious – but profitable – evenings they were!

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation that he founded supports far-reaching projects for the conservation of endangered mammals, and also supports both the wildlife Rangers and the indigenous rural communities.

David drew the public’s attention by illustrated talks over many years, and I am sure he inspired thousands not only to see the value of conservation, but also to appreciate the genre of wildlife art.

The link between these is the way in which we can all give something back to the animals that we love to depict.

David will be sorely missed, but I am sure that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that his legacy lives on.

Sarais Crawshaw – TWASI Chairwoman

The council of The Wildlife Art Society International has great pleasure in announcing the election of a new Honorary Fellow Member John Horton. The decision to award this honorary membership is taken on account of the dedication to and work done on behalf TWASI by this member over a number of years. All members of the council are un paid volunteers who devote much of their time to work on your behalf, to organise and run the Society as efficiently as possible.

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