Event : Remembering Rhinos Talk and Book Launch

Date: 1st November 7.00pm

Event : Remembering Rhinos Talk and Book Launch


Venue: Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 2AR

Details : As a patron of the Born Free Foundation, Pollyanna invites you to join her at the launch of the much-anticipated Remembering Rhinos charity picture book (the follow up to the runaway success Remembering Elephants) a special evening centred around rhino conservation and photography at the prestigious RGS in London in November.

The event will be introduced by Will Travers OBE, President of Born Free Foundation and as well as a presentation of the images from the book, will include talks by Saving the Survivors founder, vet and photographer Johan Marais and former Wildlife Photographer of the Year Steve Winter. The founder of Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Elephants Margot Raggett will compere the evening.

The evening will culminate in an auction of some of the images from the book, as well as a few other goodies. The books themselves will also be on sale on the night with some of the photographers available to sign them if requested. All profits from the evening will go to rhino conservation in Africa and Asia.

Tickets from £25.00 Find full details and book online at  http://www.bornfree.org.uk

Exhibition: Artists For Conservation Festival

Date: 9th – 12th November

Exhibition: Artists For Conservation Festival

Venue: Canada : VanDusen Botanical Garden 5251 Oak Street Vancouver, Canada


Details : Pollyanna is proud to be once again including original artwork in AFC’s annual festival – The Art of Conservation –  the world’s top conservation-themed art exhibition.  This event has become one of the most highly anticipated annual events among the nature-inspired art genres. It was established to recognize artists for their commitment to artistic excellence and conservation, to raise awareness of conservation issues, and to directly support conservation organizations through  sales of artwork.

For a full programme of events, and further details about the festival visit


Exhibition : The Diamond Exhibition

Date: 18th  November – 3rd December 10.00am – 6.00pm

Exhibition : The Diamond Exhibition

Venue : Derbyshire : The Gallery Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted) Admission Free


Every winter Pollyanna opens her private gallery for an exhibition inspired by her love of  British Wildlife.

This year Pollyanna is staging a very special event to commemorate the 60th exhibition to which she has welcomed people in her own gallery.  Visitors can view over fifty original paintings on display to the public for the very first time, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Pollyanna will be on hand throughout and will be pleased to chat to visitors about her work and the wildlife which inspires her.

Among the paintings on display there will be the opportunity to view the study of the Jacob’s Ram which was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Painting in Show 2017 by the Association of Animal Artists as well as the painting of a Barn Owl which was short listed for the Landscape Artist of the Year award earlier this year.

Visitors will also be able to browse at leisure through the latest additions to Pollyanna’s extensive ranges of greetings cards, fine art and limited edition prints, and a wide variety of gift ware featuring her work – including stationery, jigsaws, tea sets, china mugs, linen ware cross stitch kits, signed sets of her postage stamps issued in Africa, and first day covers for the Royal Mail alongside an exclusive display of the latest selection of gift ware commissioned by Harrods.  All of her books will be available, and Pollyanna will be happy to sign copies purchased during the event. Two new signed limited edition prints will be exclusively launched during the exhibition.  The latest brand new card and paper crafting kits and printable DVDroms will also be available – as launched live on television in a series of regular and increasingly popular programmes featuring Pollyanna live in the studio on the Create and Craft channel!

There will be over 150 Christmas card designs to choose from, including the latest charity cards designed by Pollyanna for the RSPB, Guide dogs for the Blind, The Born Free Foundation, Blue Cross and Marie Curie among many others. New fine art calendars of her work will be available for 2018, along with a range of eco-friendly wrapping paper and cards, and even Christmas decorations featuring Pollyanna’s designs!

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Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons

Date: 1st October 3.00pm

Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons

Venue: Nottingham : Our Lady’s New Parish Hall Brooklyn Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9ES.


Details: Visitors are assured of a warm welcome to this talk, which is a fund raising event for the Parish Hall.

Pollyanna’s most famous talk tells the story of a remarkable journey into China to paint Giant Pandas.

Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, she travelled into one of the remotest areas of the Tibetan Borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most iconic and elusive of all animals. The two became the first western women ever to travel into an isolated mountain reserve, where they were lucky enough to be able to work in a small hospital for sick pandas, bringing them into remarkably close contact with one of the rarest animals on earth. This enchanting talk tells the story of their journey – from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and shows the spectacular award-winning paintings which resulted from the trip.

Doors open 2.15pm. Tickets £5.00, including Tea and Cake.  Contact Chris Burrows 0115 8494309  or 07702 528394 to book, or for further information.

World Animal Day

Date : 4th October

Details : As a patron of Naturewatch, Pollyanna is proud to support World Animal Day, on 4th October –  an initiative started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kind of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries  throughout the world.


Find out how you can get involved at www.worldanimalday.org.uk

Talk: GONE WALKABOUT – Painting the wildlife of Australia

Date: 4th  October 7.30pm

Talk: GONE WALKABOUT –  Painting the wildlife of Australia

Venue : Nottingham : The Dales United Reform Church Parkdale Road Bakersfield Nottingham NG3

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Details : Join Pollyanna as she returns once again by popular demand to the Dales church to present her brand new talk about her most recent expedition.

Stepping off the plane on to Australian soil Pollyanna completed her incredible quest to paint on all seven continents.  During this talk she will share stories from the two months spent travelling around the country, visiting numerous wildlife sanctuaries and hospitals to learn more about the animals they were caring for.  On Philip Island she was enchanted to watch the evening return of the fairy penguin – the world’s smallest species – to feed their chicks at their nest sites after a day spent fishing at sea. She spent time trekking in the outback, and searching for animals in the wild – being rewarded with numerous sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and even a wild dingo. Pollyanna also joined wildlife rangers in the Western Plains of Victoria to help with their daily monitoring of wild koalas in the area, and spent a day planting trees as part of their eucalyptus reforestation project. While on the continent Pollyanna felt compelled to take in the iconic beauty of Uluru, in the red centre, which provided further inspiration for her artwork.

A fund-raising evening for the church roof – all welcome. Tickets £6.00 including tea or coffee and cakes. Some tickets may be available on the door, but advance booking is advised as Pollyanna’s previous talks have sold out. To book, or for further details Tel 0115 9875605 or email kb.clarkson@btinternet.com

TV Programme : Pollyanna Pickering Crafting

Date: 5th October *Update* New Shows!

9.00am and 3.00pm with repeats on Craft Extra 11am and 5pm

TV Programme :  Pollyanna Pickering Crafting


Tune into Create and Craft TV today at 9am and 3pm to watch Lynda Chapman (left) creating some fabulous cards using Pollyanna’s Story So far… DVDrom. The shows will also be repeated in Craft Extra at 11am and 5pm.

Watch Create and Craft on Sky 674 | Freeview 23 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748, and live online at www.createandcraft.tv

Event : Born Free Afternoon Tea

Date: 8th  October 5.00pm

Event : Born Free  Afternoon Tea

Venue: The Pavilion, Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton on Trent.

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Details : You are invited to an Afternoon Tea with a difference!
As a patron of The Born Free Foundation, Pollyanna is delighted to be joining special guest Virginia McKenna OBE for this formal black tie event which will start at 5pm. Entertainment will be provided by the sensational Harry the Piano – one of Virginia’s favourite performers.

Tickets are £25. To book and more information, including details of hotels, please contact Val and Mike at vjhackett21@gmail.com

**Book Quickly – tickets have almost SOLD OUT**  

Talk: Here be Dragons….

Date: 13th October 7.30pm

Talk: Here be Dragons….

Venue :  Manchester : East Didsbury Methodist Church 494 Parrs Wood Road East Didsbury Manchester M20 5QQ


Details : Pollyanna is pleased to return to  the Manchester Association for Environmental Studies to present her brand new talk about her most recent expedition into the jungles of Borneo.

Here she journeyed by river boat deep into the rainforests of the Tanjung Puting National Park – one of the world’s only protected areas of tropical jungle. Pollyanna trekked into the forests to visit the rehabilitation centres where many of the orang-utans who have been released back in to the wild visit feeding platforms for meals of milk and bananas. There is nowhere else in the world you can see so many wild orangutans in their natural home – and Pollyanna made the most of this opportunity to fill her sketch folders. The rainforests are also home to tigers, clouded leopards and a wealth of tropical bird life.

Visitors are welcome at a cost of £3 per person, payable on the door. For further details contact John Esson 0161 445 0646

Event : Explorers Against Extinction : Sketch for Survival Launch Event

Date: 12th  October 7.00pm

Event : Explorers Against Extinction : Sketch for Survival Launch Event

Venue: The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Details : Pollyanna is honoured to have been invited to be part of this unique event, which will be hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE. Explorers against Extinction aims to highlight the threat of extinction to some of Africa’s most iconic species including elephant and rhino. Join us for an entertaining evening as leading explorers, adventurers, wildlife artists, experts and conservationists, come together to make a stand against extinction. The evening will end with a Q&A on conservation hosted by BBC presenter Nicky Campbell.

The evening is in aid of two conservation partners, each one pivotal in the battle against extinction ; Animals Saving Animals who focus on prevention.  by training and deploying specialist anti-poaching dogs to squads across Africa protecting elephant, rhino and lion and
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. This pioneering conservation organisation rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and the protection of habitats.

Pollyanna will also have artwork included in the hugely successful Sketch for Survival exhibition, which also includes  original artwork and sketches kindly donated by famous wildlife artists and celebrities in support of the charities. Artwork will be on display at the event, following a two week exhibition in a central London gallery.

Stanfords, the world’s biggest and best map and travel book store will also be staging a pop up book store at the event. For over 160 years, explorers, travellers and adventurers have looked to them as map specialists to get them where they need to go, and back again. There will be a chance to meet travel writers on the night.


Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets  cost between £20-£100.  Book through the Ticket Source Box Office Telephone service on 0333 666 3366 or find full details of the schedule and book online at www.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk

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