Sketch for Survival is an initiative to raise awareness and vital funds for Conservation projects, organised by Explorers Against Extinction
‘Savannah Cat’ by Carol Barrett
In the last three years Sketch for Survival raised over £150,000 for conservation.
SFS Invitational is the core collection within the Sketch for Survival art initiative and comprises 100+ artworks, including sketches and studio artworks, all depicting endangered wildlife and wild spaces from around the world.
All the artworks in our core collection are donated by professional and award-winning artists on an invitational basis. In addition, the invitational collection showcases sketches and other artworks donated by our celebrity and explorer supporters. These include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Levison Wood, Benedict Allen, Ray Mears, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Mary Berry, Nick Park, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry, Richard E. Grant and Bill Nighy and many more.
The 2020 collection includes artwork of at risk wild spaces and photography.
The SFS Introducing art competition selected 12 Finalists for Wildlife Artist of the year 2020 & 5 Finalists for Wild Spaces Artist of the Year 2020.
The exhibition at the Oxo Gallery on London’s South Bank had to be cancelled due to current restrictions, however a virtual gallery has been created
Wildlife and wild spaces artworks Online Auction closed on Sunday 22nd November 2020.
Illustrators & Cartoonists will have a separate Online Auction on Sunday 29th November 2020
All proceeds from these auctions will go to Explorers Against Extinction 2020 Conservation projects
Carol is honoured to be part of Sketch for Survival’s (SFS) 2020 Invitational collection and has donated the above original watercolour, ‘Fading Fast’
Explorers Against Extinction (EAE) in 2020 are delighted to be supporting Asian Animals and a Genomics Project in Central Africa.
Project: Genomic Reference Work in the Garamba Complex – the collection of data and its genomic analysis by Stanford University, USA.
This far reaching Genome Project will focus on elephant, giraffe, lions, leopards, hyena, chimpanzee and will also include other forest species within the study.
Central & Western Africa are enormous, remote and are often challenging because of political unrest and the physical dangers posed from the nature of the vast wilderness locations.
The National Parks to benefit from the study: Garamba NP, Chinko Reserve in Central African Republic, Odzala-Kokoua NP in Republic of the Congo, Pendjari in Benin, Burkino Faso & Niger, Zakouma NP in Chad
Carol is hoping to donate 100% of the sale of ‘Edge of Survival’, an original pastel painting to EAE’s Genomics Project. (Go to paintings, then click on Wild dog & Hyena for sale to purchase. The total sale proceeds will go to support this vital conservation work)
Chinko Reserve in Central-West Africa is home to last remaining wild dogs in this region. Chinko is also a stronghold for Eastern chimpanzees, Eastern giant eland, elephant, 24 species of carnivore ranging from Northern lion to Golden cat, and all 4 species of African pangolin are classified as Vulnerable due to the excessive trade in their body parts, including scales.
100% of the sale of this original painting, ‘Interdependent’ will be donated to EAE’s Community Scout Patrols Project in the Lower Zambezi National Park
& Signed Limited Edition Giclée Print, ‘Shady Tree’, to Explorers Against Extinction
Lower Zambezi National Park is the youngest park, receiving protected status in 1983. It is situated opposite Mana Pools, which is world famous area for elephant. Many lodges and tourism operators have been forced to close down or operate at a minimum level due to the collapse of eco- tourism, which was brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Local people need support through these challenging times otherwise it is feared that some may be forced to become poachers in order to provide for themselves and their families. The Project aims to raise 9,100 US dollars.
To find more details: Go to Explorers against Extinction’s website at the top of this page.
The Wildlife Art Society International Online Exhibition ‘
Sunday 31st May 2020 ~ Friday 28th May 2021
Sale of all Carol’s paintings will be donated to Explorers against Extinction 2020 Conservation Projects
All can be purchased from this website or by going www.twasi.com
‘Solo’ ~ Watercolour & Gouache painting, SOLD Total Proceeds donated to Explorers Against Extiction‘Evicted ~ Watercolour & Gouache painting
‘Survivor’ ~ Watercolour & Gouache painting
‘Pharaoh’ ~ Watercolour & Gouache painting, SOLD Total proceeds to Explorers Against Extinction
The Cheetah Conservation Fund
Carol spent time with The Cheetah Conservation Fund at their Headquarters near Otjiwarongo in Namibia where she had a unique opportunity to work closely with the rescued cheetah and was given extremely close access to study and sketch to gain invaluable insight into this highly endangered equisic cat.
Carol supported The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) by donating 20% of all her cheetah art sales, however from May 2020 100% of sales of cheetah artwork will be gifted to CCF. These can be found in Paintings, cheetah (for sale)
One of Carol’s cheetah paintings ‘Endangered destiny’, was selected and sold at 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition
Carol also gifted the copyright of ‘Endangered destiny’ & ‘Slowly Stalking’ to CCF to help in their mission to save wild cheetah
Total sale of ‘Cheetah Spirit’ ~ Watercolour & Gouache original painting will be donated to The Cheetah Conservation Fund
Original watercolour ‘Dependent on mum’ ~ Cheetah mother with silver mantled kits.
SOLD at ‘Kindred Spirits’ Exhibition in Spring 2020 (20% to CCF) cheetah.org
Original watercolour painting ‘Endangered Mask’, SOLD at ‘Kindred Spirits’ Exhibition, Spring 2020. (20% to CCF) cheetah.org
‘Constant Alert’ ~ Watercolour & gouache, original artwork SOLD at ‘Kindred Spirit’ Exhibition, Spring 2020 (20% to CCF) cheetah.org
Helping out with the Anatolian Shepherd Guard dogs which are reared and given to farmers to help protect their livestock from predators. Similar projects are being developed in other countries where large carnivores are in conflict with livestock. This initiative allows sustainable farming to be successful along side the wildlife living in those areas. From about 4 weeks the pups are kept with kid goats which make them bond with the livestock as though they were pack members. Their impressive adult size, brave nature and loud bark make the Anatolian Shepherd Guard dog an excellent protector. CCF work with farmers through education programmes, help with improved farming techniques & support all veterinary & continued medical care for all their dog placements.
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Proceeds of ‘Advancing’ & ‘Kora’ were donated to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
‘Advancing’ ~ Original Watercolour and Gouache painting
‘Kora’, Coffee & Gouache original painted on elephant dung paper
‘The Search’ 100% of the sale of this original watercolour was donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Born Free Foundation
J’adore’ ~ Watercolour on elephant dung paper. Total sales of this original painting will be donated to Born Free Foundation
The African Lion is currently classified by IUCN Red List assessment as Vulnerable.
Only 23,000 -39,000 mature individuals are estimated to remain in the wild. Over the last twenty one years the African Lion population has decreased by 60% in West, Central and East Africa. In Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe the population has increased by 12%. However unless conservation measures can be put in place lion overall numbers will continue to decline to make their status Endangered.
“I am truly honoured that Born Free has agreed to highlight my painting, as the charity has achieved such wonderful longstanding conservation work in many countries all over the world and both Co-Founders, Will Travers OBE and Virginia McKenna OBE have blazed a trail and provided hope for the future.”
‘Clan Queen’ ~ Watercolour. 100% of the sale of this original painting & other original artwork will be donated to Tusk’s conservation work
This can be found by going to Paintings, African Wildlife (for sale)
Tusk’s mission is to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa.
Tusk for 30 years have teamed up with effective conservation organisations, giving support and investing in that local knowledge and expertise on the ground across more than 20 countries to provide vital protection for over 70 million hectares of land and over 40 different threatened species.
Tusk’s aim is to find sustainable solutions to preserve endangered species and their habitat, eradicate the illegal wildlife trade, empower local communities and support environment education.
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
‘Walkabout’ Pastel on Mokolwane palm paper was selected for exhibition in DSWF 2015 Wildlife Artist of the Year. Total Sale was donated to
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF)
World Pangolin Day ~ 18th February
Carol donated the proceeds of her original watercolour ‘Pangolin’ to DSWF’s Pangolin Protection Programme in Zambia
‘Koolewong’ ~ Watercolour on Bamboo paper
Total sales from all Australian themed artwork will be donated to support research by SA University, who are studying the DNA to help determine how many different species of koala exist and how best to keep their genetics strong. And to also investigate the diseases that effect koala, particularly chlamydia, as most female koala that contract this disease become infertile. It is vitally important to find populations free from chlamydia as insurance for the future of the koalas’ survival and to research Retrovirus and other diseases that effect them.
Habitat loss, through exceptional bush fires that ravaged huge swales of the country, caused by global warming, has accelerated the decline in many indigenous species, including koala who were unable to move quickly enough to escape the flames destruction.
‘Laughing Kookaburra’ ~ Gouache on Bamboo paper, 100% of sale price will go to help Koala, available by going to Paintings, Australian wildlife (for sale)
Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GFC)
‘Young Twiga’, an original watercolour SOLD in the ‘Kindred Spirits’ shared exhibition at
The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) www.the-soc.org.uk
Total proceeds were donated to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. www.giraffeconservation.org
After Carol had been on two field trips to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park she was keen to support Project Luangwa. She produced cards inspired from her paintings of the indigenous wildlife. The total proceeds from their sale goes to help the local people, particularly young girls to receive an education and help with gender inequality. The project works with the whole community to develop its full potential by way of investing in its future to allow a lasting and sustainable life. The spectacular wildlife and pristine habitat can only be saved if the people are not in conflict with it and instead are given the opportunity to improve their lives with better health care, education, with scholarships to go onto college or university for the most promising students and support and expertise is provided to encourage and help set up cooperatives for small businesses to make families self sufficient.
Examples of three of the wildlife cards being donated to Project Luangwa
Explorers against Extinction’s Sketch for Survival 2019
At the heart of the initiative is a shocking statistic ~
one elephant is poached for its ivory every 26 minutes.
Sketch for Survival is all about the power of art & the good it can do. All four of Explorers against Extinction’s conservation Projects have been fully funded through a total raised from the online auction of £43,000, plus a further £10,000 of artworks sold at the pop-up exhibition and through the online gallery store ~ www.conservation.store
Conservation projects: Ape Alliance, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Painted Dog Conservation & The Mariamma Charitable Trust.
to view the online auction URL :
‘Savannah Cat’ ~ Watercolour & Ink donated to ‘Sketch for Survival’ 2018
Carol felt thrilled to be invited to join the ‘Invited wildlife artists’, who made up the core of the touring exhibition for this year’s ‘Sketch for Survival Exhibition/Online Auction’. The exhibition opened on World Animal Day on Friday 4th October 2019, visiting five different venues: The Island in Bristol, Wildlife & Safari Show at The Harrogate Convention Centre, The Crypt Gallery in Norwich, and the Travel Fair at Olympia & at The Royal Geographical Society in London. The exhibition tour also featured 100 selected SFS Introducing artists, who were chosen by an expert panel of judges, led by renown wildlife artist Gary Hodges. The tour finished in the Map Room of at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, in London on the Thursday 14th November, with the Online ‘Sketch for Survival’ Auction concluded on Sunday 17th November 2019.
Carol donated a framed original watercolour of an African Wild dog, ‘Tribute to Newky’ to Sketch for Survival 2019
This annual exhibition and sale of wildlife art, in aid of conservation, is part of a wider conservation campaign called Explorers against Extinction organised by UK charity The Real World Conservation Trust. Exhibiting the art collection helps raise awareness about species extinction and raises vital funds to safeguard wildlife and empower communities to fight wildlife crime.
‘Sketch for Survival’ 2018 & 2017
Explorers against Extinction raised over $58,000, hitting their targets for the main conservation projects: $50,000 to dog anti- poaching unit in Garamba NP in Democratic Republic of Congo & over $8,000 for Sumatran Tiger Project to help safeguard its future in Indonesia. Also $2.500 was given to Sheldrick Trust, DSWT.
(1) ‘Precious’ ~ Southern White Rhino ~ part of the Set of 3 original paintings for Sketch for Survival 2018
(2) ‘Sympathy Scratch’ ~ Painted Wild dog
(3) ‘Attentive Guardian’ ~ Medium of all three original paintings in set: Coffee, Gouache & Ink on elephant dung paper
Carol supported Sketch for Survival 2018 & 2017 with other professional artists and celebrity supporters.
Sketch for Survival, The Real Africa Trust, Lower Farm Barns, Happisburgh, Norwich NR12 0QQ Tel: 01692651031
Sketch for Survival 2017
‘Chilled Black Rhino’ ~ Coffee, Gouache & Ink original on elephant dung paper
‘Enough for two’ ~ Coffee, Gouache & Ink painted on elephant dung paper
To celebrate the release of Crimson Wing which is Disney’s first foray into the wildlife genre for 60 years, Carol has donated 30% of proceeds of the sale of ‘Flamingo Reflections’ to BirdLife’s partner in Tanzania (Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania) to improve the protection status of Lake Natron to help safeguard the flamingos’ habitat. See updates on BirdLife’s Think Pink campaign.
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
RZSS Conservation Programme
Carol gifted this original pastel painting above to The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Centenary Fundraising Event and a Signed Limited Edition Print of Edinburgh Zoo’s Gentoo Penguins.
Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB)
Gifted Bat-eared Fox image to The American Veterinary Medical Association for use on the front cover of their journal.
The A to Z Trust (Aid to Zimbabwe)
‘Survivor’ ~ Watercolour & Gouache original painting‘Safely Aboard’, Yellow Baboon, Mixed media, Gifted to The A ~ Z Trust
Further Contact Details:
The A ~ Z Trust
3 Weston Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)1620 824284
The A to Z Trust (Aid to Zimbabwe)
Registered as a charity in Scotland
Charity Number SCO39203.
Anna Maria Piotrowska
Fundraising Officer (Development Team)
Cambridge CB3 0NA
Cheetah Conservation Fund
c/o Wrenbridge Lane Ltd;
Mill House, Mill Court
Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5LD
Trustee: Dr Jane Galton 07791 703546
Friends of Conservation
16-18 Denbigh Street
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
3 Bridge Street, 2nd floor P.O. Box 15555
Leatherhead KT22 8BL Mbagathi
UK Nairobi. Kenya
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
International Primatological Society
Scottish Primate Research
Group Dept. of Psychology
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA