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Date: 16th February 7.30pm
Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons
Venue: Holymoorside Village Hall Holymoorside Chesterfield Derbyshire
Details: Pollyanna is pleased to join the Holymoorside History Society as the guest speaker at their annual meeting.
Pollyanna’s most famous talk tells the story of a remarkable journey into China to study and paint Giant Pandas.
Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, she travelled into one of the remotest areas of the Tibetan Borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most iconic and elusive of all animals. The two became the first western women ever to travel into an isolated mountain reserve, where they were lucky enough to be able to work in a small hospital for sick pandas, bringing them into remarkably close contact with one of the rarest animals on earth.
This enchanting talk tells the story of their journey – from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and shows the spectacular award-winning paintings which resulted from the trip.
A lavishly illustrated book about the trip has been published – and Anna-Louise was honoured to be a finalist in Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year Awards for her writing and photography.
The society welcome visitors to their meetings for a nominal Admission charge of £2.00 including refreshments
On 12th October Pollyanna will be one of the special guests at the Explorers against Extinction Event at the Royal Geogrpahical Society in London. She has also donated a unique piece of original artowrk to be auctioned – and you have the opportunity to pace bids online for her portrait of a Snow Leopard. : http://explorersagainstextinction.irostrum.com/BiddingProcess/BiddingScreen/10746?pageNumber=11
Oil on silver board
30 cm x 21 cm
In recent years elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory at a rate as high as one every 15 minutes. That’s 100 a day. An average of three rhinos a day are killed for their horn. To raise awareness of these shocking statistics we asked artists and celebrities to spend the same time – 15 minutes – on a wildlife sketch to support our campaign.
The ‘Sketch for Survival’ exhibition now comprises over 160 pieces of artwork, ranging from 15 minute sketches to complex, time-consuming artworks donated by acclaimed professional wildlife artists across 14 different countries. We are also grateful to have the support of so many celebrity sketchers, from Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Fry to Ranulph Fiennes and Ray Mears.
Each piece will be framed or mounted and exhibited online, as well as being displayed at the Royal Geographical Society during our Explorers against Extinction event on the evening of 12 October 2017.
The purpose of the exhibition is twofold : to aim to raise vital awareness about the threat of extinction to iconic species such as elephant, lion and rhino, as well as raising funds and donating resources to nominated wildlife charities and organisations. All artwork has been donated to raise funds for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)and Animals saving Animals (ASA). Profits will be split evenly between them.
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
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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The exhibition ‘Wonderful World’ is now open in Pollyanna’s private gallery in Derbyshire. the event runs from Saturday 17th June, until 2nd July. Pollyanna will be in the gallery every day to welcome visitors to view her brand new collection of artwork, inspired by her painting expeditions to all seven continents.
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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.
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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 and her daughter Anna-Louise tried their hands at a brand new career in May– they spent a day alongside the fire-fighters at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Aston Park fire station.
They were the winning bidders for the fire-fighter experience day at an Age UK charity auction held at Aston Hall Hotel last autumn. Pollyanna was attending the gala dinner in her role as a Patron of Rotherham’s Gallery Town Art Project – and couldn’t resist bidding for this unique lot!
The fire-fighters were delighted to welcome the intrepid duo to the station. The day included a tour of the station and a look at the fire engines and all the equipment on board, along with trying on the fire-fighters uniform and wearing the breathing apparatus. They experienced the thrill of being raised up in the ‘cherry picker’ a hydraulic lifting platform, and even tried their hand at dismantling wrecked cars using the specialised lifting and spreading equipment.
Aston Park is a full time station situated just off Junction 31 of the M1. The station area is mainly rural but does cover a number of industrial estates and some residential areas
Station Manager Paul Bragger said; “It was a pleasure to meet Pollyanna and Anna-Louise and show them around our station and give them an insight in to the day to day running of a fire station. Fire stations remain important parts of local communities so beyond our core emergency response and prevention work, it’s important to be able to give people an insight into our work.”
Following her day with the fire-fighters, Pollyanna commented “It was absolutely fascinating to see behind the scenes at a working fire station and I was so impressed by the skill, bravery and dedication of the whole team.”
Date: 21st September 7.30pm
Venue : St Leonard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham (opposite Wollaton library)
Details : Pollyanna is delighted to return once again to the Natural History Society to give her new talk about her recent journey to the ends of the earth – Antarctica. The great white continent is one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife, where penguins, seals and whales are the only permanent residents.
Pollyanna boarded a National Geographic expedition ship, joining their world-renowned photographers, and a team of naturalists to explore the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula. The epic voyage departed from Ushuaia, at the bottom tip of Patagonia – known as the city at the end of the world – for a 48 hour crossing of the notorious Drake Passage – widely regarded as being the roughest and most treacherous stretch of ocean in the world. Pollyanna was inspired not only by the wildlife, but also by the magnificent landscapes of the Antarctic, the planet’s least explored continent and the most geographically and climatically extreme environment on earth with sweeping vistas of ice covered mountain peaks and glaciers. This talk will also include the first chance to see Pollyanna’s latest paintings inspired by the expedition, which will allow her to share her impressions of the spectacular beauty of the coldest, driest, but probably most awe-inspiring place on earth.
Visitor tickets £6 each available in advance from: the WNHS Secretary 0115 9286289 or 0115 9283679
Date : 23rd September 7.00pm
Venue : Haworth Art Gallery Manchester Road Accrington Lancashire BB5 2JS
Details : In her role as patron of the Art Fair Pollyanna is looking forward to performing the official opening ceremony at the preview evening. The event will showcase the work of several Hyndburn artists who will donate 50 percent of their sales to the charity. Pollyanna will also present a display of work on the preview evening, and there will be a chance to win one of her original canvases of a tiger in a prize draw.
For details of attending the free preview event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01254 388 111