Celebrating 20th Annual Staging of NEWA
National Exhibition Wildlife Art
July 19th to August 4th at Gordale garden centre, Wirral CH64 8TF
The biggest birthday party on the Wirral this coming summer will celebrate the 20th annual staging of the National Exhibition
of Wildlife Art (NEWA), as hundreds of collectors and enthusiasts, naturally drawn from all over the NorthWest, will be joined
by a VIP – studded audience for a charity auction
of original art works.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, NEWA has a history of donating to conservation concerns from ‘Raptor Rescue’ to the
‘Born Free Foundation”, says organiser Marion Tuffrey. “But the hope is that July’s auction will go so much further to support
the wildlife which has been the inspiration for NEWA of the last 20 years”.
Thirty of the world’s most talented wildlife artists are already engaged in producing paintings which will go to the highest bidder
on the night. The auction will take place in parallel with the exhibition preview, on July 18th, at the awarding winning Gordale
garden centre. Your auctioneer for this gala evening will be the irrepressible John Crane, recognisable to millions from his
appearances on ‘David Dickinson’s Real Deal’. John will be encouraging the invited audience to be generous, as monies
raised from the auction will go to the Wildlife Trusts, Chester Zoo and African wildlife charity ‘Tusk’.
Originally established around the same time as NEWA itself, to tackle rhino and elephant poaching, Tusk now provides financial,
logistical and practical support to conservation projects across eighteen African countries. ‘Tusk’ royal patron Prince William,
Duke of Cambridge, is amongst those celebrity supporters in accord with the trust’s conviction that the long term future for
Africa’s wildlife is dependant on sustainable rural development across the continent.
Closer to home, NEWA has worked in partnership with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in recent years but has, this time, decided to try
to help the Trusts countrywide. NEWA will also be supporting Chester Zoo’s UK wildlife programme, focussing on British wildlife
The Zoo also regularly provides a member of staff to NEWA’s independent selection panel, charged with the unenviable task of
choosing some 400 works for the exhibition from more than 600 entries arriving from all over the UK and beyond.
Since its inception in 1994, NEWA has enjoyed a growing international reputation for the sheer quality and variety of the artworks on
display; from birds and bugs to big cats; from the traditional to the contemporary; paintings and sculptures are presented simply
but effectively in the natural light of the ephemeral NEWA gallery, built for the purpose
The delightfully informal atmosphere created is just part of NEWA’s attraction for visitors, as is the fact that established artists such as
Terence James Bond and Pollyanna Pickering will exhibit paintings alongside work created by yet-to-be-discovered unknowns.
“Come and take a look at the world through the eyes of our artists,” says Marion Tuffrey, “We value their talent and co-operation, and with
their help we are able to promote worthwhile causes world wide.”
She adds that “Anyone wishing to bid at the charity auction, or simply attend the exhibition preview, can express their interest at
www.newa-uk.com, but places in the auction room are limited”.
When the buzz of the bidding has subsided, when the plates and party glasses have been cleared away, the marquee at Gordale
will continue to be a hive of activity. Sixteen of those wildlife artists who have donated paintings for the auction will be demonstrating
their various skills and chatting freely to visitors about their work, during each of the first three days of the show, July 19th, 20th and 21st.
The exhibition itself continues at Gordale until Sunday August 4th. With free admission throughout, and a daily opportunity to win a
signed print, NEWA provides an enjoyable day out for all the family.