Curlew art selected for Wildlife Artist of the Year
It is always good to have curlews represented at major exhibitions to draw attention to their plight. So I am delighted that 2021 Wildlife Artist of the Year (WAY) selected these two curlew woodcuts.
However, it is a bitter sweet moment. It is always great to have your work chosen, but sad that the curlew now “qualifies” in the Facing Extinction category. Just a few years ago “facing extinction” seemed reserved for exotic creatures in far flung locations. The big hitters like elephants, rhinos and gorillas but now it has reached the curlew on my humble salt marshes.
As a Curlew Action Ambassador my aim is to raise awareness so thrilled that it is on show here and will be seen by lots of people.
The Mall Galleries in London usually hosts this exhibition but this year due to COVID it is on-line. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation who organise this exhibition quote some alarming statistics:
- 40% of the world’s wildlife has been wiped out in the last 50 years.
- 1,000,000 species of plants, insects and mammals are at risk of extinction.
UPDATE Curlew picks up an award at Wildlife Artist of the Year . . .