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Creative Conservation

23 October 2020

Collage for 2 images; left image of female smiling while holding a drawing of an elephant. Right image of fine drawing of an elephant with green plants and a pot of black pens.

Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) Senior Marketing Officer, Anna Brookes, has had a ‘brush’ of success with her sketching recently as one of her pieces has been selected to be featured in an exhibition in a London gallery.

The organisation arranging the exhibition, Explorers Against Extinction, are a trust who promote the conservation of rare and endangered species and the protection of their environments. Part of how they achieve this is by asking creative artists and photographers to donate their work which is then auctioned off to raise funds for various charities.

As a result, Anna Brookes was asked if she could donate her Elephant drawing to the ‘Sketch for Survival Illustrators Invitational Collection’; as the name suggests, such a collection is invite only, and Anna’s work is due to be exhibited at the OXO gallery on South Bank in London from 11th-22nd November, before being auctioned online at the end of November.

Speaking on being invited to be part of such an incredible collection, Anna commented:

“Animal and environmental conservation is something I've always felt very strongly about! I’ve also always loved drawing and painting animals, so if I could use my artwork to help raise awareness and money towards a great cause, then donating one of my original drawings was a no-brainer in my eyes.

I was ecstatic to be asked to be part of the Sketch for Survival Illustrators Invitational Collection. Not only will my piece hopefully sell at auction, I get to have an original drawing exhibiting in a London gallery for two weeks. Here it will sit alongside other pieces of work created by incredible professional artists and celebrities including Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and Dame Judi Dench!”

As well as being part of a great exhibition, having a piece in this collection means that Anna has been submitted into the ‘Sketch for Survival 2020: People’s Choice Award in Association with Leisure Painter Magazine’.

Talking about being entered into the People’s Choice Award, Anna said:

“To be entered into the People’s Choice Award was an extra bonus, there are so many incredible artists who are part of this, I don’t think I’ll win but it’s the taking part that counts!”

We would like to extend our congratulations to Anna for her fantastic artwork and success.

For more information on the competition, to see all pieces within the exhibition and to cast your vote, just visit the link below (voting closes November 6th):

Take a look below to see Anna's full drawing.