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!

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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

Just Added! – Diary Dates for Autumn 2017

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We have just added a wide range of details of Pollyanna’s forthcoming talks and exhibitions which are open to the general public in to the ‘What’s On’ section of the website. Please click here to see the listings

Further talks and exhibitions will continue to be added throughout the season – please keep checking back!

Toyah Picks the Winning Ticket

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Singer and actress Toyah Willcox (above left) joined Pollyanna’s daughter and Business Partner Anna-Louise to draw the winning ticket of the  Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Summer grand prize draw.  Anna-Louise is also a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, which campaigns internationally to prevent the exploitation of wildlife and raises funds to support animal welfare and conservation projects worldwide.

Toyah regularly topped the charts as a singer in the eighties, and has gone on to become one of our most popular actresses and TV presenters. She is also a great animal lover, and has been pleased to support the Foundation’s work on several occasions. She took time out of her hectic touring schedule to draw the winning tickets.  Pollyanna and Toyah are co-patrons of Naturewatch.

Mr Lawman of Chesterfield is the lucky winner of Pollyanna’s original painting of koalas, while the second prize winner Mr Allen of Heage will receive a signed limited edition print. A further ten runners up have also been sent signed books and calendars. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Wonderful World exhibition the Foundation has raised £1650.00 to purchase an outside hedgehog enclosure and wildbird flight aviary for rehabilitating birds cared for at St. Budeaux Hedgehog Rescue in Plymouth.  £2250.00 has also been raised to pay for the continued care of Polly, the Foundation’s rescued Asiatic moonbear. Polly was rescued from the unspeakably cruel bear bile trade, and now lives happily in the beautiful Animals Asia Sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam.


Winners :

Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Grand Draw

Summer 2017

First Prize : 00892 : Original Painting : Mr S. Lawman, Chesterfield

Runner Up Prize of framed signed limited edition print:

01441: Mr R. Allen, Heage

 

Runner Up Prizes of a selection signed calendars and books

00147 : Mrs M. Moore, Hull

01126 : Mr J. Watson, Heanor

00480 : Ms A. Abbott, Duffield

01964 : Ms V. Winn, Chesterfield

01469 : Mr B. Percival, Skegby

01279: Ms L. Garlick, Aberdeen

00126 : Dr Burgoyne, Nottingham

01742 : Mr & Mrs Wellings, Loughborough

01974 : M. Ashman, Nottingham

01856 : C. Bould, Longnor

Pollyanna to join Artists for Conservation Delegation to China

Pollyanna will be travelling to China later this month, as part of an official delegation of conservationists in a bid to encourage protection of threatened species worldwide.

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A selection of Pollyanna’s original paintings -including this canvas of a snow leopard – will be included in the Artist for Conservation Society’s International exhibition at the Lanwan Art Museum which forms part of  a 50-acre ecological park art village and public gallery, located in one of China’s most beautiful and important coastal cities – Qingdao City

A delegation of 12 artists and conservationists will be in attendance for a formal opening week of events, including talks and official banquets.  Pollyanna is the only artist to have been invited to attend from the UK or Europe – her fellow delegates will all be travelling from Canada or North America.

“It is a huge honour to have been invited to take part in this ground breaking International Festival of Wildlife art – the first of its kind in China.” Pollyanna commented “It is a wonderful opportunity to promote a message of conservation and animal protection – with paintings there is no language barrier.”

Pollyanna will also be demonstrating her artistic skills throughout the event – sketching birds of prey from life while chatting to guests about her work.  One of the resulting sketches will be auctioned during a closing gala event to raise funds to support youth education and wildlife conservation efforts in China

Pollyanna, who has won numerous International awards for her artwork has made several previous visits to China in order to study and paint their unique wildlife.  In the early 1990’s Pollyanna and her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise were first westerners ever to travel a remote area of the Tibetan Borderlands of China where they worked in a clinic for rescued pandas, helping to rear a six month old panda cub.  During the expedition they also trekked into the mountains to be rewarded by a sighting of a wild Giant panda – at a time when fewer than 50 westerners had seen this iconic species in the wild.  Since then Pollyanna has returned to search for wild Amur tigers in the remote North Western Siberian borderlands of China, visited giant panda breeding facilities in the Southwest, and through her charitable Foundation raised funds to support the Animals Asia sanctuary for rescued moonbears.  Paintings inspired by sketches made in the field during these journeys are included in the exhibition, which will run until 30th September 2017. Anna-Louise will also be joining the delegation acting as official photographer to the event – she will also complete a blog and write press articles on behalf of Artists for Conservation.

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Artist For Conservation  President and Founder Jeff Whiting explains, “Lanwan Eco Art Park represents a unique nexus between art and nature. Through this partnership, we are excited at the possibilities of maximizing the positive impact of AFC’s art exhibition”

With a population of over 9 million, Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial center located between Beijing and Shanghai and connected to the world’s longest sea bridge. The sailing events of 29th Olympic Games were held in Qingdao in 2008. Qingdao has been repeatedly named China’s most liveable city.

You will be able to follow the journey on Anna-Louise’s instagram account – @annalouisepix

New! Follow Anna-Louise on Instagram

New!! Pollyanna’s daughter & business partner Anna-Louise has a brand new instagram account – @annalouisepix . Why not follow her to see lots of images of travel, wildlife….. and of course the paintings of Pollyanna Pickering!

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Check her page now to see the first pictures from their recent field trip in the Highlands of Scotland – and  pages from Pollyanna’s Scottish sketchfolder. There will be regular shots of work on the easel to come…..

Find her images at https://www.instagram.com/annalouisepix/

(This photo of Anna-Louise was taken at the wonderful Na’an ku se sanctuary in Namibia, home to this cheetah Kiki, who was rescued from the pet trade as a cub. Pollyanna and Anna-Louise took Kiki out for walks in the bush – she was totallly free to roam – no lead or collar! – a wonderful experience!!)

 

Pollyanna Wins AAA Gold Medal for ‘Best in Show’

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Pollyanna is honoured and delighted to have been given the Gold Medal for the Best Painting in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition for her study of a Jacob’s Ram.

The painting was selected from hundreds or works on exhibition at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, Cheshire, submitted by artists from throughout the UK and around the world.

“it was a huge surprise” Pollyanna commemnted after collecting her award at the Preview evening “It is quite a subtle picture, and I thought it could easily be overlooked, so I am absolutely delighted that it was the painting which caught the judge’s eye!”

You can see the painting along with four galleries full of animal artwork through until 14th May.  The exhibition was selected by Artists and Illustrators magazine as one of the 12 most inspiring art exhibtions in the UK.

The AAA was founded to offer opportunities and support to artists from around the world working in the field of wildlife and animal art. It is the friendship and genuine support that the artists give each other and the charities which the AAA supports, which is the hallmark of the Association.

Pollyanna has previously won over 30 national and International awards recognising her acheivements in both art and conservation – find out more  here

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Pollyanna is shortlisted for Landscape Painter of the Year!

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Pollyanna is delighted to have made the final shortlist of 12 artists for the ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ for her painting ‘By The Light of the Silvery Moon’! Towards the end of 2016 Derbyshire Life launched a search to find the region’s most talented artists. Pollyanna is especially pleased to have been shortlisted despite the fact that she is of course primarily a wildlife artist!!

Let the magazine know that you love this painting by emailing your comments to : painter@derbyshirelife.co.uk

The image has also been released as a limited edition print – find out more here:http://www.pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/limited-editions/by-the-light-of-the-silvery-moon

The judges told us they received an impressive response to the call for entries saying “the range of entries illustrates not only the amount and diversity of artistic talent in the County, but also the inspiration provided by our varied local landscapes.” Jonathan Wallis, head of Derby Museums and Art gallery noted “It is great to see that Derbyshire’s rich heritage of landscape painting is alive and thriving in the work of contemporary artists”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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