New tiger art fundraiser kicks-off
Surrey-based artist, Richard Symonds, delivered the original of his first drawing to raise funds for tiger conservation to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Gallery in Shalford today (Monday 29 September). Richard, who is embarking on a series of ‘warm up’ works for an exciting new project that will be unveiled at the charity’s annual art exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London next summer, is teaming up with DSWF’s TigerTime campaign to raise funds and awareness to help protect the world’s wild tigers.
“We featured the step-by-step creation of the pencil drawing on TigerTime’s facebook and twitter pages and asked our supporters to name the new work,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn.
“The response was amazing and from over 1,500 entries we chose Kai, which has a number of meanings including ‘strong / unbreakable’ in Burmese ‘triumphant’ in Chinese and is the shortened version of Kainat which in Urdu means Universe,” adds Richard Symonds.
With only 3,200 wild tigers left, raising awareness and funds to create a sustainable future for the planet’s most iconic big cat has never been more urgent. You can find out more about TigerTime’s work which has attracted the support not only of artists like Richard Symonds but celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry at www.tigertime.info