The first exhibition for On the Brink, a collection supporting Explorers Against Extinction's global art initiative Sketch for Survival, is showing at The Crypt Gallery Norwich, 12th - 14th October.
My painting ‘Above the petrel station’ is part of this special touring exhibition which will also exhibit at The Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh, 26th - 29th October; and gallery@oxo London, 8th - 12th November.
Above the petrel station, oil on canvas, 76cm x 60cm framed
Coastal cliff, and marine (along with sub-maritime grassland, heath and salt marsh).
About the painting: Inspired by a recent painting trip to the tiny Pembrokeshire island of Skoholm. Designated a SSSI, its delicate ecosystem is both precarious and precious. Despite being only 260 acres in size, Skokholm houses 15% of the world population of Manx shearwater and 20% of European storm petrels, not to mention many thousands of puffins, razorbills and guillemots, gulls, oystercatchers, skylarks, wheatears and chough. Passage migrants, include chiffchaffs, willow warblers, whitethroats, redstarts and flycatchers. Atop the ancient red sandstone cliffs you'll find nationally scarce lichens and unique fungi. Carpets of flowers adorn the sub-maritime grassland, heath and salt marsh habitats.
About the exhibition: Sketch for Survival, a global art initiative now in its seventh year, is the idea of Explorers Against Extinction, a conservation charity based in Happisburgh, working with partners worldwide to recover key species and restore ecosystems. The exhibition aims to raise awareness about our changing planet. From sketches and watercolours to street art and mixed media, the collection features the work of many established award-winning international artists. Emerging artists, including juniors, from around the world are also showcased, in addition to a special Focus for Survival photographic collection.
Online auction: Artwork and photography will be sold by online auction, concluding 12 November, with proceeds supporting the charity's project fund. The fund has enabled on-the-ground conservation in twenty-eight different countries from Indonesia to Brazil with more than £360,000 donated to specific projects.
Explorers Against Extinction Presents: Sketch for Survival & On the Brink Collection
The exhibition includes: On the Brink collection, Sketch for Survival and Sketch for Survival Junior (all finalists), Focus for Survival - short-listed images (there will be a digital display of all 12 finalists)
THE CRYPT GALLERY, NORWICH:
Venue: The Crypt Gallery Norwich, The Close, Norwich School NR1 4DD
Dates: 12th - 14th October 2023
Opening Times: 11am – 4pm daily except Saturday 10am – 3pm
Private View: Thursday 12th October, 5 - 7pm
Admission is free