Wildlife Artivism: The art of storytelling

We’re delighted to invite you to a wildlife artivism panel discussion to explore the newest developments with renowned artist Martin Aveling and DSWF CEO Georgina Lamb. Taking place on Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 5pm (UK time), they will be joined by Tom Shepherd, Sofiya Shukhova, Sophie Green, Tichaona Ncube and Alicia Hayden. All of whom will be using their art to tell a range of stories from animal behaviour and the illegal wildlife trade to habitat loss, pollution and climate change.

Martin Aveling tells us: “Wildlife Artivism is a growing trend in conservation, where elements of fantasy are combined with reality to unearth hidden truths. It tackles the big issues faced by our planet and its wildlife through storytelling embedded in art.The human brain can process images 60,000 times faster than text. More and more we find ourselves craving quality visual content, and this presents a ripe opportunity for visual artists to play an important role in communicating challenges faced by the environment.”

Tickets will be on sale at noon on the 1st June 2021 with the event taking place at 5pm (UK time) that day. These are free but an optional donation is greatly appreciated. Numbers are limited so do book as soon as tickets are available.

Martin Aveling, also known as Mart, has been pivotal in this movement. Growing up in Africa, he has become passionate about conservation and has used his art to raise over £40,000 for wildlife conservation. He has since exhibited all over the world, including the USA, France, Kenya and the UK. Martin is also a big supporter of DSWF and one of our partner artists!

“Friend or Food” by Martin Aveling

Sofiya Shukhova is a Russian-born Singapore-based wildlife artivist and conservationist. Using her art, she urges public attention to less known, less covered conservation topics. Both education and work experience in conservation help Sofiya to be at ‘the heart’ of wildlife protection, making her art all the more powerful. Apart from creating wildlife art, Sofiya works at Creature Conserve and the IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group.

“President Cup” by Sofiya Shukhova

Alicia Hayden is a Biologist studying at Oxford University, as well as a self-trained wildlife artist, photographer, and writer. She aims to celebrate the beauty of the natural world in her work, as well as communicating the threats it faces, with the hope this will inspire more people to care for the natural world. Last year she self-published her first illustrated wildlife poetry book, Rain before Rainbows, helping to raise money for the wildlife hospital Tiggywinkles. 

“When the Whale Sang” by Alicia Hayden

Sophie Green is a conservation & wildlife artist from the UK, who specialises in capturing the photorealistic details of animals and their surroundings. Throughout her career as a fine artist and since founding the online gallery and art store, Art Basket, Sophie has donated 10% of her profits to wildlife & conservation charities.

“Polar Bear” by Sophie Green

Tom Shepherd kickstarted his art career creating custom work on musical instruments, after a big crossroads decision between art & conservation.  After a move to more traditional mediums his paintings eventually lined up with his childhood love of wildlife & birds. Since these two worlds collided Tom has really found his way with his own work and started to find his own voice. Being able to combine art with conservation, as not only brought things full circle but enabled him to give back in some way to the natural from which he draws so much pleasure.

“Lost Connection” by Tom Shepherd

Tichaona Ncube was born and brought up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He started drawing as a boy and enjoyed the challenges involved in cattle herding in the Zimbabwean bush which inspired him to draw cattle and the wildlife which he encountered. Tichaona pursued art as a career after finishing school in Victoria Falls and was inspired and introduced to the professional art industry by Sanele Dhlomo and the late Jimmy James Nkomo. In 2008 he moved to South Africa where he met Johan Le Roux who helped selling Tichaona’s works from his home gallery. At the end of 2010 he returned to Victoria Falls and continued to supply Johan Le Roux’s gallery with drawings. Tichaona currently works from a small home studio and still markets some of his works at the Art Corner where his professional dreams began.

“The Last Tuskers” by Tichaona Ncube

Other art events coming up in June include an exclusive workshop with talented watercolour artist Hazel Soan on 15th June and a very special talk on 22nd June by Mandy Shepherd on the legacy of David Shepherd OBE as well as insights into her own work. Further information will be available on our events page and across our social channels.

Wildlife Artivism: The art of storytelling with Martin Aveling

  • Tuesday 1 June 2021 (5pm UK time)
  • Virtual event

Join renowned artist Martin Aveling and DSWF Chief Executive Georgina Lamb for a panel discussion to explore the newest developments in ‘artivsm’ with special guests Sofiya Shukhova, Alicia Hayden, Sophie Green, Tom Shepherd and Tichaona Ncube.