Talk : Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons

*Update : New Event*

Date: 14th June 12.00 noon Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons
Venue: The Pavillion, Morley Hayes, main Road Morley, DE7 6DG


Polyanna will be the guest speaker at a charity fundraiaisng Ladies Lunch for Children First (Derby).

Pollyanna will be pleased to present her most popular talk about her expedition into China to study and 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.

Tickets £25.00, including a sparkingb reception drink, two course lunch, tea/coffee & mints.  Contact Gina Repton on 01332 341516 for further information or to book, or email


TV : Interview – Channel Seven News (Australia)

Date: 27th January 6.00pm

Channel: Channel 9, Australia

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Details: Pollyanna took her sketch folder on location with a camera team from Channel Seven news (left) to talk about her journey through Australia to find and paint their native wildlife.

TV : Interview Channel Nine News (Australia)

Date: 28th January 6.00pm

Channel: Channel 9, Australia


Details: While in Australia Pollyanna chatted to presenter Kate Collins (above left) from Channel Nine News about her work as a wildlife artist as well as discussing her expedition to Indonesia, orang utan conservation and  the widespread use of palm oil in everyday products – an issue which is currently under the spotlight in Australia.

Talk : A Brush with Wildlife

Date : 12th May 7.30pm
Venue : Stourbridge : St. Saviour’s Church Hall 1 Park Road Hagley Stourbridge DY9 ONS


Details : Hagley Art Club are pleased to invite guests to join them for an evening with Pollyanna. This local friendly club caters for everyone interested in painting and art whether as an active artist or otherwise, and for all skills and interests.

In this talk, Pollyanna takes a light-hearted look at her life and work in the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire.

Pollyanna’s work as a wildlife artist has always brought her into close contact with real birds and animals, and for fifteen years she ran a small sanctuary at her home to care for and rehabilitate injured wildlife. It was initially intended that she would care for owls, hawks, and falcons, but over the years she looked after many other birds and animals including foxes, squirrels hedgehogs and many more!

In A Brush with Wildlife she tells the heart warming and often amusing stories of just a few of the many hundreds of creatures that passed through her care, and of course shows a selection of the sketches and paintings for which she is so renowned.

Entry fee £3 for non-members. No booking necessary. Refreshments available

Exhibition: Crew Yard Gallery Exhibition


Date: Ongoing from 1st March

Venue: Patchings Art CentreOxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham NG14 6NU

Exhibition : Crew Yard Gallery

Details : Pollyanna has long standing links with this beautiful Art Centre – and they have invited her to exhibit work in their newly refurbished Crew Yard Gallery. Within this popular area they have designated an additional space for the exhibition of paintings by artists who are not only well known, but who have an association with Patchings. The exhibition of work by leading artists will lead into and become part of their 30th anniversary programme in 2018.

The gallery is open from 9.30 to 5.30 each day.  There is plenty of free parking, and you can enjoy a meal at café Patchings. open 9 to 5.30 7 days a week

Radio : Interview – The Wildlife 80’s Show (Voice FM)

Date: 12th March 1 -3 pm

Station : Voice FM


Details: Pollyanna will be a guest on the Willdife 80’s Show between 1 – 3pm, chatting to host Shelley Lozano about her recent expeditions, and conservation work. This is the UK’s only radio show dedicated to wildlife and conservation!

Listen live  Online At

Or in the Southampton area tune to 103.9 FM

Talk: Here be Dragons….


Date: 9th September 7.30pm

Venue : Chesterfield Art Club Whitecotes School, Whitecotes Lane, Chesterfield

Details : As Honorary President of the Chesterfield Art Club, Pollyanna is pleased to return 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 £5 per person. For further details Tel 01246 416565 or email

Talk: Here be Dragons…


Date: 12th September 7.00pm

Venue: Bushloe Art Society All Saints Church Rooms, Bushloe End Wigston Magna, Leicester LE18 2BA

Details: Pollyanna will be presenting her talk about her recent expedition into Borneo to paint orang-utans and other wildlife to the Bushloe Art Society. Visitors will be welcome, admission for non-members is £5. For further details contact the secretary of the club on 016242495 or email

Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons


Date: 6th April 6.15 for 6.45pm

Venue: Stockport : Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, SK7 1RJ


The founder of the Born Free Foundation Virginia McKenna OBE described Pollyanna’s travels in China as “An unforgettable and perhaps unrepeatable journey exploring a different culture and a different land.”

Visitors are welcome to join The Rotary Club of Hazel Grove’s evening with Pollyanna share the story of this incredible journey to study and paint one of the world’s most endangered species in its natural habitat.  Share in everything from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and enjoy the spectacular award-winning paintings which resulted  from the expedition.

A lavishly illustrated book about the trip has been published – and Anna-Louise was honoured to be a finalist in Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year Awards for her writing and photography – and both Pollyanna and Anna-Louise will be hand to sign copies of the book after the event.

Guests can opt to enjoy a meal as part of the evening, or purchase a ticket just to attend the talk if preferred.

Tickets £6 for the talk, or £15 for the talk and a one course meal followed by coffee/tea. Please book and pay in advance by contacting Tony Johnson, 4 Padstow Drive, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 2HU tel:0161 439 9015

All warmly welcomed


Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons


Date: 25th May 1.30pm

Venue : Retford : The Well, Hospital Road, Retford, Notts

Details : Retford U3A have invited Pollyanna to share the story of what is probably both her most remarkable and most famous expedition.  She travelled into one of the most remote areas of the Tibetan borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most endangered of all animals – the giant panda. Here she lived and worked in a clinic for sick pandas – and had the opportunity to create some once in a lifetime sketches and paintings.

As well as the iconic giant pandas Pollyanna also sketched the adorable red pandas (above)

Visitors and prospective members are always welcome Retford U3A’s  meetings. You will find a warm welcome and be able to find out who they are and what they do as well as enjoying Pollyanna’s talk.


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