2020 NEWS & NOTICES
TWASI CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION 2020
A NEW annual competition for all TWASI members:
- Design the front of a Christmas Card, to be sent to all TWASI Members by email or post.
- Your image may be in any media, including sculpture, photography & digital.
- The design may include lettering if you wish.
- The image may be in square or oblong proportions.
- Closing date for entries is 15th November.
- Entries may be entered as a jpeg image (300dpi, up to 5MB) and sent to email@example.com
Please title your jpeg with Name & Title, and use Email Subject: “TWASI Christmas Competition”.
Or – Post an A4 photograph to TWASI, Appletrees, Main Street, Willey, Rugby. CV23 0SH, with Name & Title written on the back.
If you wish to have the photograph returned, please enclose a s.a.e.
- Entries will be judged by the TWASI Central Council members.
The winning entry will be sent to all TWASI Members this Christmas, will be shown on the TWASI website, in the following edition of “On the Wild Side” Magazine, on the TWASI Facebook Page, & if available, may be exhibited at the following Annual Exhibition.
- Prize: 100 copies of your design printed on good quality card for your personal use.
THE WINNERS – TWASI MEMBERS SUMMER COMPETITION 2020
1st – George Yiend – “Bushbuck, Spots, Stripes & Spaces”
My love for African wildlife, which sustained me for forty years in Zambia & Zimbabwe still provides the subject matter of my art. It also provided, in the shape of one of the Continent’s most beautiful antelopes, the Bushbuck, one of the most emotional experiences of my life.
In 1992 my family and I were living in a home on the steep hillside near the gold-mining of Penhalonga in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, when one morning I received the shattering news of the deaths in a motorcycling accident in Harare of a son and daughter, both in their twenties.
I sank into a deep depression, and remained bedridden for a fortnight. And then, one morning, I forced myself from my bed and set off for a walk with our two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Border Collie, through the bush which stretched along the hillside for miles.
As usual, the dogs raced off along the dirt path which led through the waist-high grass towards a patch of forest.Suddenly, as I was nearing the trees – the dogs nowhere in sight – a magnificent male bushbuck, spiral-horned, standing perhaps a metre at the shoulder, emerged from the trees, walked a little towards me and then stopped!
Where were the dogs? Why had they not reacted? And the buck and I just stood, looking at one another, neither of us moving. Bushbuck were not uncommon, but they were seldom seen. One would often hear the clatter of their hooves, or if one was especially lucky, caught a fleeting glimpse of their rumps as they made for cover.
But to be confronted in this way? And for the two of us to stand in this kind of communion? How long we stood like that I have no idea, surely several minutes – and still no sight or sound of the dogs which had been on the same path – and then he calmly turned and began to pick his way delicately up the hillside. Another pause. Another glance – and then he was gone.
And I returned home, and that magical, wonderful experience sparked my recovery from the grief which I had feared would blight the rest of my life. Still, when occasional clouds form, I can recall that wonderful morning. And so the bushbuck will always keep its place in my heart – to me the most beautiful of Africa’s living jewels.
2nd – Chris Saunderson: “Curlews & Young”
The inspiration for the painting came from our holiday trip to Yorkshire last summer. There were curlews and their little fluffy youngsters all over the place, running in and out of waving grass – just perfect for a painting.
I wanted it to be a large watercolour so I could keep it quite loose while still putting a fair amount of detail in, particularly the interestingly coloured grass clumps.
I found I had a couple of sheets of full imperial, 300lb hand-made Two Rivers watercolour paper – perfect for the painting I wanted to do!
3rd – Alison Perkins – Black Swan
My inspiration came from the striking pose of this black swan.
I loved the shape and pattern of the plumage, and wanted to create a close-up picture which captured the beauty and elegance of this graceful bird.
It took me several weeks to complete, working in colour pencils from light to dark, and using multiple layers to produce the gloss and sheen of the feathers.
Jane Holford Atkin
The President, Chairwoman and council of TWASI are saddened to hear that after a long battle with illness, TWASI member Jane Holford Atkin has died. She and her artwork will be greatly missed at our Annual Exhibition and other TWASI events. Our sincere condolences go out to her husband Neil and her family.
Jane was born 1960 in near Gloucester and grew up with a love of wildlife so only natural she would develop a talent for drawing and painting wildlife. Her first art exhibition was in the garden shed where visitors were charged ‘threepence’ to come in.
Jane attended Gloucester Art College from 1976-1977 where she spent most of my time drawing the ‘stuffed’ animals and birds in Gloucester City museum. She was such a regular there that the then curator David Dartnell gave her a room of her own to work in. She also had an exhibition of her pen and ink drawings there and was filmed drawing a Great Bustard for Natural Numbers (Open University) BBC and was paid £5.
A variety of jobs followed where art was not the main occupation. After leaving her last job due to ill health she knuckled down seriously to drawing, painting and using scraper board.
Jane was one of the early members of TWASI who was still with us and won a Gold award for ‘Cygnet’ and won the Christopher Parsons Award for four scraperboard works.
‘Cygnet’ was also runner up in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year 2010(British Birds category). Jane also won the David Cook drawing award at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art twice.
David Shepherd WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
At David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), art plays a pivotal role in many of our fundraising and engagement activities.
Last month saw the first ever online Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 exhibition, bringing this incredible competition and show to even more people around the world
Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 is now closed and successfully raised vital funds for endangered wildlife across Africa and Asia. We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors and all contributing artists for making this event possible. This week we have also announced the People’s Choice Award winner. CLICK HERE to find out more.
We are delighted to also announce this week the launch of not only this year’s Global Canvas children’s art competition which engages young people through creativity with current conservation issues but also the expansion of our ‘Art of Survival’ portfolio with an exciting ‘Artist of the Month’ initiative. Take a look below for more information.
Just a few days ago we were reminded why all of these programmes, your support and the work of DSWF and our ground-based conservation partners is so important, following the rescue of two baby orphaned elephants in Zambia. Please read on for breaking news from the field as to what the future holds for these precious creatures.
Orphan Elephant Rescue
Over the weekend, DSWF brought you the story of two tiny elephant calves, rescued by our ground-based conservation partners, Game Rangers International (GRI), near Kafue National Park in Zambia.
Tragically, these elephants have been orphaned as result of human-elephant conflict. The two calves were separated from their mothers when the herd entered community lands as the terrified residents tried to chase off the startled elephants. Working with the government wildlife department, GRI, after trying everything, was unable to reunite the little ones with their herd.
We are delighted to report, however, that after a long journey via road and air, both calves are now safely at Lilayi Elephant Nursery (LEN) with the other elephant orphans.
These two brave new orphans, with their new surrogate herd will one day be returned to the wild, but until then, they will receive around the clock care and gallons of special formula milk as they slowly recover from their traumas and adapt to their new surroundings
Tragically, elephants are poached for their ivory which is used for trinkets and as a status symbol of wealth across Asia. They are also threatened by human-wildlife conflict as wildlife and growing human populations are forced to compete for space.
Help us return these two orphans to the wild and play a critical part in their lives by donating to DSWF today.
Introducing DSWF’s ‘Artist of the Month’
Artist of the Month is an exciting new initiative whereby we collaborate with different, talented wildlife artists to showcase wildlife art at its best and raise vital funds for endangered wildlife.
Artist of the Month personifies our ‘Art of Survival‘ vision and gives wildlife artists a platform to raise awareness for, not only their outstanding artworks but endangered species close to their hearts.
Our July Artist of the Month is the gifted wildlife, big cat and pet artist, Amber Tyldesley, from Warrington, United Kingdom.
“I am delighted to have been selected as DSWF‘s Artist of the Month for July. I am a big supporter of the Foundation and pleased that my artwork will be helping to protect some of the world’s most precious and endangered animals.” – Amber Tyldesley
Please do take a look at some of Amber’s amazing artworks available in our online shop and stay in touch for more exciting news.
Look out for…
Join our CEO, Georgina Lamb, live every Thursday at 5pm in conversation with leading conservationists and wildlife artists via DSWF’s Instagram account.
These talks are free and this week Georgina will be joined by Scarlett Henderson, the winner of the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 Human Impact category, which aims to engage young people with the natural world and the challenges it faces.
Also look out for our #WildlifeWednesday posts via DSWF’s social media channels. DSWF intern, Linus Hiscox has been writing a conservation mini-series on our core species, including, elephants, pangolins, tigers, rhinos and painted dogs. This week Linus focuses on chimpanzees as the constant gardeners of the forest.
A tribute to Ted
We are deeply saddened to share with you all the passing of Ted Nugent, the Springer spaniel and DSWF ‘lunch supervisor’. Many of our long-term supporters would have met Ted, our four-legged team member, as he has been a DSWF office dog for nearly 16 years, accompanying his beloved owner, Mary Nugent our Head of Finance to work. His snack-loving stare and comforting cuddles will be sorely missed.
Please click on the link below or more information about the Oman Arabian Nights Experience – SCHEDULE OMAN 7 day Tour
Explorers Against Extinction is a wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust (UK charity No 1177505). The primary aims of the campaign are to raise awareness about the threats facing the world’s most iconic species and their habitats while also raising significant funds for nominated projects pivotal in the battle to protect them.
Every year it runs the Sketch for Survival initiative, asking professional artists and celebrities for a 26-minute sketch to highlight the shocking statistic that an elephant is poached every 26 minutes on average in the wild. It also runs the SFS Introducing free-to-enter competition allowing any artist to support the campaign and have the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the national tour and be crowned Artist of the Year. In 2019 the initiative was supported by over 500 artists from 30+ countries, as well as celebrities including Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
June 2020 Newsletter