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

 

Pollyanna Pickering – Tribute

Pollyanna was a regular and much-loved guest in the studios of Create and Craft TV and they will be broadcasting a tribute to her at 4.56pm today (Sunday 8th April).

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Watch at Sky 674 | Freeview 36 | Virgin 748 | Freesat 813 or live online at www.createandcraft.tv

Pollyanna Pickering 1942 – 2018

It is with the deepest sadness that we have to inform everyone of the news that Pollyanna Pickering passed away last week following a short illness.

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Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise is currently staying with family. We ask that you understand that she may be unable to reply personally to letters and messages received at this time, but hopes everyone will understand and be assured that their thoughts are much appreciated at this difficult time.

 
The work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation will of course continue, and future fundraising exhibitions of Pollyanna’s work are planned.
 
There is to be a memorial service for Pollyanna held on Wednesday 18th April in Sheffield.
 
We would ask that her final wishes are observed, and there are family flowers only. Donations to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation would be welcomed instead.
Donations, if desired can be made online at
 
https://www.memorygiving.com/pollyannapickering
 
or
 
http://pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/books/donate-to-the-pollyanna-pickering-foundation

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.

Talk : The Land of the Snow Tiger

Date : 1st May  7.30pm

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Venue : St. John’s Centre, St. John Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1QH

Details : The National Trust are  pleased to present Pollyanna’s talk inspired by her travels in the snowbound wastelands of Siberia, where she braved temperatures as low as -60 to paint Amur Tigers.

Pollyanna worked alongside scientists from the Siberian Tiger Project radio tracking this beautiful species – the world’s largest tiger – which has been brought back from the very brink of extinction. In the 1940’s only 30 remained in the wild. After a gruelling four day journey to reach a reserve in the inaccessible Sikhote Alin Mountains, Pollyanna lived in a log cabin in the forests, without running water or electricity. Here she had to walk out across the surface of a frozen river each evening to fill buckets of water through a hole in the ice – but all the hardships were worth it to get a sighting of a wild tiger. Pollyanna was also able to sketch a family of tiger cubs at a  wildlife research station.

This account of her travels brings vividly to life one of the remotest and least visited wilderness areas remaining on earth – and shows the inspiration behind Pollyanna’s remarkable paintings.

Tickets £5.00 – must be booked in advance – contact 07976 605544 or email babsmithvol@hotmail.com

Just Added …… Events and Exhibitions for Spring and Summer 2018!

Visit our ‘What’s On’ Page for details of all the upcoming exhibtions, talks painting demonstartions and TV Programmes  coming up in the next six months!

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Exhibition Dates Announced

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.

This exhibition will run from 18th  November – 3rd December 10.00am – 6.00pm at  The Gallery Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted) Admission Free

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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 progra

mmes 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!

Click Here for additional information about this event

Pollyanna’s 2018 Calendars Now Available

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We are delighted to announce that Pollyanna’s 2018 calendars are now avaialable online!  Two of the three fine art calendars feature her paintings of British Wildife and Owls.  The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation calendar features wilidfe from around the world, and includes details of a selection of the recent conservation projects supported by the Foundation.  The calendars are priced at £11.99 with free P&P within the UK.

Find out more here : http://www.pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/calendars

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