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.

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!


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 :

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.


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!


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…..

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(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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