We are proud to announce that Pollyanna has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Create and Craft TV.
The award recognises her excellence in wildlife art and her passion for conservation as well as the contribution she made to the channel during six years of regular guest appearances.
Pollyanna always very much enjoyed visiting the studios, where she would paint live on air, and chat to the presenters about the animals which inspired her paintings. Her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise accepted the award on her behalf. She told us “I know that Pollyanna would have been absolutely amazed to be given this honour – she would have said that she had the best job in the world, and didn’t deserve an award for doing something that she loved so much! But of course I am honoured and moved to accept it on her behalf – and of course I believe that no-one could have deserved it more for her incredible talent and dedication to her artwork, and also her passion for helping the animals she loved to paint.”
Anna-Louise has been invited to continue her legacy, and now travels to the studios for the launch of each brand new product featuring Pollyanna’s artwork, to speak about Pollyanna’s amazing travels to remote parts of the world to find her subjects, and her love for the animals she painted.
Pollyanna, who lived and worked in Matlock was widely recognised as Europe’s wildlife Artist. She won almost 50 awards during her career, including the most prestigious award in the field of Wildlife Art which was presented to her at a gala celebration dinner at the Artists for Conservation Festival in Canada. You can find out more about her life and work at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk
Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise was honoured and moved to be invited to plant a memorial tree for Pollyanna in a special ceremony at the Willow Holt nature Reserve at Farndon, Notts last weekend. Pollyanna had been delighted to help with fundraising projects for the reserve, including the building of a new meeting hut to replace one which had been burnt down by vandals.
Anna-Louise said “Pollyanna would have been deeply moved and very honoured by this wonderful gesture. She was never happier than when her work could help support causes close to her heart. The planting of an oak tree is a perfect memorial – it will be a part of the natural landscape for hundreds of years – and support a wide variety of species of insects, birds and animals”
We would like to thank all who attended the event for their generosity – a collection on the day raised £128.55 for the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Special thanks go to Farndon Watch leader Sue Leach and her Mum Shirley Hatcher, and all those involved in organising the memorial and preparing for the tree planting.
We are proud to present three brand new calendas for 2019 – including the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation calendar which has been published by Calendar Club in memory of Pollyanna and in support of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.
Every sale supports the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s conservation and animal welfare projects in the UK and worldwide. Each page features a spectacular wildlife painting, along with Pollyanna’s sketches and field notes and details of a Foundation project which has supported that particular species.
Three brand new calendars celebrating Pollyanna’s artwork have been published for 2019. The owl calendar features the spectacular painting of a barn owl in flight which is shown on the cover of this newsletter, and includes 12 images of owls from around the world.
The 2019 British Wildilfe calendar features paintings of Pollyanna’s beloved british wildife – including badgers, foxes and otters – with the cover showing a hare surrounded by moonpennies.
The calendars are £11.99 each – P&P within the UK is FREE
Copies of all three calendars can be purchased securely online through our website : http://www.pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/calendars
Or by phone : 01733 865453
Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been invited to the Create and Craft TV studios on the 9th September to appear live on a two hour show at 12.00 to launch the brand new Pollyanna Pickering Craft DVDrom and paperkits exclusively on the channel. The kits will feature Pollyanna’s ever popular studies of British wild birds, including this brand new sketch of a robin.
Anna-Louise said ““I am very touched that Create and Craft have invited me into their studios to talk about the newest collection of crafting products to feature Pollyanna’s work.
Pollyanna created her paintings with the desire that they would be seen, enjoyed and shared with as many people as possible. It was her wish that I would continue to work with Creative Crafting World to bring crafters the opportunity to continue use her wonderful artwork.
I worked side by side with Pollyanna as her business partner for 25 years, and accompanied her on all of her expeditions to study and paint endangered species, and I will be proud to continue to share stories from her remarkable travels.
I am also committed to continuing the vital conservation and rescue work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation – and will continue to stage fundraising events and exhibitions.
Very few people are able to leave such an incredible legacy, and I know that her spirit will live on always through her paintings”
Anna-Louise will be appearing in the studio alongside demonstrator Lynda Chapman to chat to the presenters about the individual birds which inspired Pollyanna, her painting techniques, and her love of the wild creatures she painted. Lynda will be creating cards and craft projects live on air.
Watch Create and Craft on Sky 674 | Freeview 23 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748 – as well as on Apple TV and Amazon Fire You can also watch live online at www.createandcraft.tv
We are very sorry to announce that this planned exhibition will NOT be going ahead in June. The exhibition will be rescheduled for June 2019, and we will bring you full details closer to the date.
Pollyanna’s daughter and Business Partner Anna-Louise will be in the Radio Derby studios at 11.15 am today (9th April) paying tribute to Pollyanna in an interview with Sally Pepper. If you missed the interview you can still hear it for seven days at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p061tpsz
Pollyanna was a regular and popular guest on radio Derby talking about her art, her expeditions and her conservation work.
Listen Live on 104.5, 95.3 and 96.0 FM on DAB Digital Radio or live online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radioderby
Pollyanna is delighted to return once again to Chesterfield, Derbyshire to present a specially extended version of 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.
There will be a question and answer session, and Pollyanna will be signing books and prints after the talk
Tickets £8.00, (concessions £6.50)
Tickets can be purchased in person from the Box Office at the Winding Wheel, or at the Pomegranate Theatre.
By Telephone 01246 34522 or online here : Pollyanna Pickering Talk
Date: 21st March 7.30pm
Talk: Gone Walkabout – An Artist Down Under
Venue : Winding Wheel Theatre
Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
We were delighted that Sir Tony Robinson, one of our most popular actors and TV presenters, took time out of his busy schedule to join Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise – who is a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation – to draw the winning ticket in the 2107 winter prize draw.
The lucky winner, Mrs Quinn of Rotherham has won an original painting of a robin. Please visit our website for a full list of winners.
Tony is an actor, comedian, author, presenter, historian and political activist, best known for playing Baldrick in the BBC television series Blackadder as well as for hosting the popular Channel 4 programmes Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History. He has also written sixteen children’s books. He was knighted in recognition of his public and political service.
Tony is the latest in a line of celebrities who have drawn the winning tickets for the Foundation – including Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Virginia McKenna, Toyah Willcox, Martin Clunes, Amanda Holden and Chris Packam!
Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Winter exhibition the Foundation has raised £1650.00 to construct an outside hedgehog pen and wild bird aviary in St Budeaux, Plymoth, and £525.00 to create a new exercise and agility space at Oak Tree Animals Centre in Cumbria. An additional £1000.00 has been put towards the £2250.00 needed to fund the continuing care of rescued moonbear Mr Polly during 2018.
In December 2016 Pollyanna stepped off a plane on to Australian soil – and in doing so successfully completed an incredible quest – to be one of the few artists who have painted on all seven continents. Driven by the beauty and intricacy of the wilderness, she is renowned for her travels into some of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world, where she studies and paints endangered species in their increasingly fragile habitats.
Check back soob for a feature page about this joureny including photos & sketches.
On all except the very first of her journeys, Pollyanna has been accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise (above) who not only organises the expeditions, but also documents them photographically for Pollyanna’s talks and books, and keeps detailed journals which then form the basis for the text of the books about their travels.
Several of their expeditions have been truly ground breaking. In the early 1990’s they were the first two western women ever to travel to a remote area of the Borderlands of China and Tibet, where they worked in a hospital for pandas – and incredibly also sighted a wild Giant Panda – at a time when fewer than 50 westerners had ever done so. In 2008 Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from the Canada based Artists for Conservation Society and undertook a landmark expedition into the remote and isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, carrying their expedition flag. She became the first western artist to comprehensively study and paint the wildlife of the kingdom, and the resulting paintings were exhibited in the UK, Canada and New York – and this year will also be shown in China. Pollyanna is the only artist ever to have sketched the Ethiopian Wolf from life. The rarest wolf in the world, there are none in captivity anywhere – even in Africa – and Pollyanna travelled to the Sanetti Plateau high in the Bale Mountains to search for them.
Most importantly every single expedition which Pollyanna has undertaken has subsequently inspired a collection of paintings – and each exhibition of this work has raised vital funds for a conservation or community project in that country. From building a rehabilitation enclosure for orphaned painted dogs in Namibia to rescuing a moon bear from the unspeakably cruel bile farming trade, carefully selected projects help some of the most vulnerable species globally.
And although Australia might be the final continent for Pollyanna it is definitely not the final journey – this Summer she will be heading to Brazil in search of jaguars in the Amazon basin. She is also looking forward to joining Born Free in Kenya to help build lion proof enclosures for Masai cattle, and will be returning to the deserts of Arizona to continue studying their unique wildlife prior to a one man exhibition in Tucson in 2018
Pollyanna was very saddened to learn of the death of a famous collector of her work – actor John Hurt. John purchased Pollyanna’s original paintings from her London Exhibitionas
John even posed in front of one of Pollyanna’s owl sketches – along with former wife Donna – for a feature about his home in HELLO! magazine.
They enjoyed another link through the Derby Art Centre Quad – Pollyanna wasa member of the development committee, while John was their founder patron. Whenever they met, they would take the opportunity to reminisce about their training at the London Central School of Art – which
they attended two years apart – including their memories of sketching Quentin Crisp in life drawing classes. John of course famously went on to play Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant.
John Hurt was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, and after leaving the London Central School of Art went on study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He went to become one of Britain’s greatest acting talents winning numerous awards including three BAFTA’s, a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations. Hurt’s film career stretches from the early sixties to the present day and includes celebrated roles in A Man for All Seasons, The Elephant Man, Midnight Express and Alien.