To help save some of the most endangered animals and plants on Earth, the World Land Trust gallery will launch on 10 December in Halesworth, Suffolk as a ground-breaking approach to raising funds. A celebration of wildlife and landscape art, the gallery will attract contemporary artists while also offering a wide range of decorative and highly collectable original art and prints.
The opening exhibition features the work of renowned local artist, Jason Gathorne-Hardy. Displaying his hugely popular work, the collection will focus on Jason’s intimate depiction of domestic animals and wildlife. Jason likes to sit with the animals he draws to capture their individual characters and many of his drawings bear the marks of their friendly interest – in the form of lick marks, dribble, and the occasional hoof print. Jason’s work will be on display in the gallery until 28 January, 2012.
The launch of the gallery is yet another example of World Land Trust’s ambitious approach to fund-raising and unwavering commitment to saving the world’s wild spaces. Since 1989, this international conservation organisation based in Halesworth has been saving threatened wildlife habitats acre by acre, creating nature reserves across the world to protect tropical forests and other vital habitats for their endangered species.
World Land Trust have been using creative and innovative ways of raising funds for 22 years and Sir David Attenborough has been actively involved during this time; he is now one of the Trust’s patrons. John Burton, chief executive of the Trust, said:
“I have been lucky enough to see some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet and I founded the World Land Trust to save as much of it as possible. It has always surprised me that a painting of wildlife will often sell for more than it costs to save the animal or species in the wild – the painting may be beautiful and highly skilled, but at best it is just a copy. The gallery aims to capture the public’s love of wildlife art while saving the real thing.”
The World Land Trust continues to be at the forefront of cutting-edge fundraising projects and the launch of the gallery is no exception. A minimum of 35% of all sales from the gallery will go to the World Land Trust to help protect rainforest and other threatened habitats, creating nature reserves as safe havens for the world’s endangered wildlife.
In December, the World Land Trust gallery will be open on Monday-Friday: 10 am – 5pm, Saturday: 10 am – 4pm, Sunday: Closed (except on 11 December when the gallery will be open 11– 3pm).
Full Press release: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/wlt-gallery-pr.pdf (183KB) (opens in new window)