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Yorkshire artisits’ work shortlisted in international competition

Seven artists from Yorkshire are celebrating after their wildlife artworks made it to the shortlist of an international competition highlighting species extinction.

Sketch for Survival Introducing attracted more than 400 entries from around the world. The competition – run by charity Explorers against Extinction – showcases up and coming talent in which artists submit original work featuring an endangered species.

100 artworks have now been selected for a UK exhibition tour and include pieces by:

David Frampton, York – pastel drawing of an Orangutan – called ‘Orangutans need help’. David said: “I have always enjoyed drawing animals and the plight of the Orangutan has touched me.”

Jill Key, York – Galápagos tortoise from Pinzón Island created in pen and wash. Jill said: “I like to paint and sketch wildlife in watercolour or pen and wash for their ability to capture the mood of the moment.”

Julie Ashton, Driffield – a red panda – called ‘Goodbye’. To create her artwork, Julie painted her panda in unfixed pastel. She said: “I am a self-taught artist and thrilled to be using my art to help our endangered animals and their environments.”

Kerry Hirst, Barnsley – a wildlife and pet portrait artist, Kerry’s drawing is of a baby gorilla  called ‘Where’s Mum?’ Kerry used coloured pencil, drawing the baby gorilla in white pencil on black paper.

Eleanor Tomlinson, Hull – ink and watercolour study of an African elephant wandering solo across the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Eleanor is a traditional artist and illustrator who is inspired by the local countryside and landscapes she encounters on her travels. Her Sketch for Survival artwork is named ‘Solo’.

Jack Dawson, Hull – ‘Survival of the Fiercest’ depicts a tiger on a wood panel using the art of pyrography and acrylic paint.

Lauren Asquith, Wakefield – digital depiction of an orangutan. Lauren graduated in illustration from the University of Leeds this summer and is hoping to set up a freelance illustration business.

To create her orangutan, Lauren’s technique included layering shapes with shades of colour and adding patches of texture.

Lauren, 22, said: “I wanted to choose a species with character for my artwork and the orangutan has a good face for drawing. The campaign by Explorers Against Extinction is very close to home given my interest in nature and science and wanting to learn from the subjects I illustrate.”

The 100 artworks will join the separate invitational Sketch for Survival collection in which professional artists and celebrities contribute artworks. Both collections will go on tour this autumn and premiere at the Wildlife & Safari Travel Show in October (12-13) in Harrogate.

Artworks from both collections will be available for sale throughout the tour with funds raised going to frontline conservation projects run by Explorers against Extinction.

Of the 100 contributions, one artist will be announced in November as the Sketch for Survival Introducing 2019 Artist of the Year.

The Wildlife & Safari Travel Show, run by Converge Exhibitions, returns to Harrogate Convention Centre for its second year on 12-13 October 2019.

Drawing inspiration from hit TV shows Blue Planet, Dynasties and Our Planet, the show will feature a line-up of celebrity speakers and exhibitors.

They include the BBC ONE Show’s wildlife presenter Mike Dilger and Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird from Halifax – a marine biologist and ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society.

The show’s packed programme includes panel sessions with wildlife travel experts who will explore topics including wildlife travel photography, planning a wildlife safari holiday and the growing trend of polar and wildlife cruising.

A 360 VR Travel Experience theatre will enable visitors to experience trips of a lifetime in Virtual Reality including swimming with seals and meeting the penguins.

Chris Erasmus, of the Wildlife & Safari Travel Show, said: “We are very pleased to support Explorers Against Extinction – its Sketch for Survival initiatives are brilliant at bringing to life the challenges we face in protecting endangered species across the world.

“We hope our show will provide further inspiration and encourage visitors to explore the many wildlife and safari travel experiences on offer.”

For the full show programme and to book tickets visit:


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