Spirit of the Jaguar Exhibition Postponed

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.

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Pollyanna Pickering – Tribute

Following Anna-Louise’s interview on BBC Radio Derby, the station will be sending a roving reporter to the gallery on 10th April to chat about Pollyanna’s artwork and travels during Ian Skye’s Breakfast show. Tune in from 7am.

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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

 

Pollyannna Pickering – Tribute

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

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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

 

Tickets now available for ‘Winding Wheel’ talk

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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

Sir Tony Robinson Picks a Winner

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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.

Pollyanna Returns from Australia – the Final Continent!

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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

Farewell to John Hurt

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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

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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.

Jonathan Scott Draws the Winning Ticket

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TV presenter and naturalist Jonathan Scott is a wildlife expert, photographer and author with a passionate concern for conservation and the environment, and Pollyanna was delighted that he could join her to draw the winning ticket in her annual summer prize draw.

Jonathan is best known for the wildlife series he has presented for the BBC including the popular Big Cat Diary, as well as Elephant Diaries, Dawn to Dusk, and Africa Watch, and his documentaries for Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Paramount TV

The lucky winner, Ms Scruton of Sheffield  has won a painting of a robin.  A full list of winners is below.

Pollyanna  met Jonathan back in 1986 when she was invited to stay with him on her first ever safari into Africa – which took her to the Masai Mara.  Many people don’t know that Jonathan started out as a wildlife artist, and they bonded over their shared love of big cats and the importance of being able to observe their subjects in the wild.

Jonathan moved from the UK to Africa in the 1970’s.  He says of the move “The one thing I could do was draw. When I ­came to live in the Kenya they said: “We can’t pay you any money.” But I said, “So long as I can take people on game drives, I’m happy,” and I began selling my pen-and-ink drawings. But, at some point, it dawned on me that this is a photographer’s paradise. By then, I had earned enough money for my car and could afford better cameras and lenses.” So Jonathan moved into photography and documentary making while Pollyanna of course continued to pursue her passion for painting! On that first meeting they would never have imagined that 30 years later Jonathan would be drawing the winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s annual prize draw!

Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Winter exhibition the Foundation has raised £3000.00 to build a new rehabilitation exercise aviary and hospital units at the Raptor Trust in Norfolk.


Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Grand Draw

Winter 2016

First Prize : 00596 : Original Painting : Ms L. Scruton, Sheffield

Runner Up Prize of framed signed limited edition print:

00672: J. Hales, Derby

Runner Up Prizes of a selection signed calendars, tote bags, and diaries

00791 : Ms Mills, Derby

00526 : Mr & Mrs Bunting, Wirksworth

00730 : J. Robinson, Sheffield

00158 : Ms J. Briggs, Matlock

00751 : Ms P. London, Wigston Magma

00583: Ms L. Gardner, Peterborough

00244 : M. Edwards, Messingham

00760 : Mrs P. Edwards, Nottingham

Pollyanna joins Princess Michael of Kent for Cheetah Event

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Pollyanna was honoured to be invited to join HRH Princess Michael of Kent – who is a huge cheetah lover – at a gala fundraising event for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.  They are pictured above with award winning photographer Angie Scott (centre).

The evening saw the UK Launch of Angie’s husband Jonathan’s new autobiography The Big Cat Man. Also in attendance was BBC’s Kate Silverton, who has a long association with conservation and has presented the Big Cat Diary in the past with Jonathan Scott.

Held at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London, over 160 guests gathered from far and wide to hear wildlife celebrity Jonathan Scott celebrate his life with Big Cats whilst Dr Laurie Marker, founder of CCF, took to the stage to share insights about work on and off the field in Namibia and around to world to help save the cheetah. She spoke about how pioneering research and conservation work have lead to cheetah numbers doubling in Namibia over the last 26 years. However she emphasized that despite so much support and positive action the cheetah remains the most endangered big cat in Africa with only 6,700 remaining in the wild. The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation is proud to have funded education programmes in Namibia in partnership with the CCF, and Pollyanna has been invited to visit their headquarters and sanctuary in Africa. The fund raising evening included unique cheetah inspired auction prizes, as well as a cheetah themed raffle.

Foundation Builds New Aviaries for Raptor Trust

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The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s primary fundraising campaign in 2016 contributed £12500.00 to build lion proof cattle pens in the Masai Mara to mark Born Free’s Year of the Lion.

Our other major project for the year was to build a large size exercise and rehabilitation aviary and new hospital units at Raptor Trust UK in Norfolk.  Because the trust were able to secure volunteer labour to construct the aviary and units, the Foundation was able to maximise the value of the £3000.00 needed to purchase materials.

The Aviary is already in use – the first resident was this red kite (above) using the aviary to recover and rebuild his strength following treatment.  He has subsequently been released into the wild – and you can find a video of his release on the Raptor Trust’s facebook page!  Construction of the hospital units has now begun.

This project goes back to the roots of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a wildlife sanctuary from her home, specialising in the care of owls and birds of prey.  When loss of help forced her to make the difficult decision to close the hospital, she started the Foundation, initially with the aim of supporting similar UK based rescue centres – and has continued with this aim.  However in the intervening years, the Foundations work has become global, funding conservation and rescue projects around the world.

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