On March 28, 2007, UK artist Pollyanna Pickering and her daughter/manager Anna-Louise Pickering departed for Bhutan sketch and paint the rare flora and fauna of this largely undisturbed region of the Himalayas.
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Pollyanna Pickering Returns from Australia – the Final Continent!
In December 2016 Pollyanna stepped off a plane on to Australian soil – and in doing so successfully completed an incredible quest – to be one of the few artists who have painted on all seven continents.
Pollyanna Pickering is shortlisted for Landscape Painter of the Year!
Pollyanna is delighted to have made the final shortlist of 12 artists for the ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ for her painting ‘By The Light of the Silvery Moon’.
Pollyanna Pickering Wins AAA Gold Medal for ‘Best in Show’
Pollyanna is honoured to have been given the Gold Medal for the Best Painting in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition for her study of a Jacob’s Ram.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Builds New Aviaries for Raptor Trust
The Foundation has built a large size exercise and rehabilitation aviary and new hospital units at Raptor Trust UK in Norfolk. Because the trust were able to secure volunteer labour to construct the aviary and units, the Foundation was able to maximise the value of the $5000.00 needed to purchase materials.
Second Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering
Pollyanna has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Radio Station Peak FM, at their annual gala dinner.
Pollyanna was incredibly honoured to be presented with the Award in recognition of her work in both Art and Conservation.
Pollyanna Pickering Wins Association of Animal Artists Award
Pollyanna is honoured to have recieved the Association of Animal Artists most prestigious annual award, which was presented at the AAA Annual Dinner in aid of Freshfields Animal Rescue in Cheshire, UK.
The Inaugural Chairman’s Award is presented to the artist who is considered to have raised the profile of animal art (not just wildlife) in the last twelve months.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation funds Education Programme
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation has raised $12000.00 to fund an education programme to re-train workers from a bear bile farm in China to work as bear carers at Animals Asia sanctuaries. In Autumn last year Pollyanna was pleased to have the opportunity to formally present Animals Asia Founder Jill Robinson (above left) with a cheque.
Pollyanna Pickering hosts Born Free Year of the Lion Event
On the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic, award-winning motion picture Born Free, the Born Free Foundation have declared 2016 to be The Year of the Lion. This ongoing year of action and celebration will honour the 50th anniversary of the film Born Free and highlight the Foundation’s critical work to protect lions globally.
As a long standing patron of Born Free, Pollyanna was delighted to host very special guest Virginia McKenna OBE, at a one-day event to mark the Year of the Lion.
Pollyanna Pickering Opens New Artist’s Studios
Pollyanna is delighted to have accepted the role of patron to the new artist’s studios in the grounds of Haworth Art Gallery. The Grade II listed buildings including the former stables, motor house, petrol store and potting shed have now been transformed into studios and an exhibition space thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £552,500.
Pollyanna Pickering becomes Patron of Wildaid
Pollyanna is delighted to have accepted the role of Patron to National Charity WildAid.
WildAid’s mission is to raise awareness of the issues faced by British wildlife by promoting understanding and respect for our natural environment through education.
Pollyanna is Charity Firefighter for a Day!
Pollyanna and her daughter Anna-Louise tried their hands at a brand new career in May– they spent a day alongside the fire-fighters at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Aston Park fire station - all in aid of charity!
Pollyanna Pickering undertakes Guide Dogs Challenge!
Pollyanna was delighted to be invited to visit the Guide Dogs for the Blind National Breeding Centre in Warwickshire, UK. She enjoyed a tour o the state of the art facilities & even undertook the challenge of a blindfold walk through an obstacle course - guided by gorgeous labrador Upton.
Pollyanna has a long standing association with Guide Dog for the Blind who have been commissioning & publishing her work on cards and gifware since the 1980's - over the year helping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity's work.
Pollyanna Pickering unveils giant tiger image!
In her role as Project Arts Patron to Gallery Town, Pollyanna was guest of honour at the relaunch of this public arts initiative which aims to help regenerate Rotherham’s culture and economy through the medium of art and culture.
Gallery Town has sited including large scale reproductions of artwork in 60 central locations in the South Yorkshire town, making it the UK’s largest urban open-air art gallery.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering
Pollyanna Pickering has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inspirational Women Awards held in ghe UK earlier this year.
Pollyanna opens Wildlife Observation Classroom
This Summer Pollyanna was delighted to cut the ribbon and officially open the new £30,000 Observation Classroom at Willow Holt Nature Reserve, in Nottingham, England.
Pollyanna's Elephant for the Born Free Foundation
As a long-standing patron of The Born Free Foundation Pollyanna is proud to have designed and decorated an Elephant for the Elephantastic trail.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Prize Draw Winner
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Summer Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis.
Pollyanna's Thirtieth Anniversary Painting for the Born Free Foundation
As a patron of The Born Free Foundation, Pollyanna was delighted to be asked to create a special piece of original work to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary. The resulting study of two painted tigers on a sketched landrover was exhibited at the prestigious Clarendon Fine Art Gallery, in London's Mayfair, in an exhibition entitled WILDWORKS.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Funding for a Safe Haven for badgers
During Pollyanna’s 2014 Christmas exhibition in her private gallery she was proud to unveil the first 10 copies of a new limited edition print of badgers, Safe Haven. Each print was co-signed by Queen Guitarist Brian May - a passionate advocate for animal welfare. A few days after the event, Pollyanna was delighted to present Debbie Bailey of the High Peak Badger Group with a cheque for £1,000.00 – the initial funds raised by the campaign. The limited edition prints will continue to raise funds to protect badgers, and the Foundation will be making further contributions in due course.
Pollyanna Pickering returns to Arctic for Fourth Time!
Pollyanna’s forthcoming Summer exhibition will be called To the Ends of The Earth – and in preparation she has visited both the Arctic and Antarctic within the past 12 months. She spent Christmas 2013 painting penguins in the Antarctic, while on a major expedition. She spent Christmas 2013 painting penguins in the Antarctic, while on a major expedition. the dense forests with their snow-laden trees and the pristine, snow-covered wilderness.
Pollyanna Pickering and Brian May team up to support Badgers
Pollyanna is delighted to have joined forces with legendary guitarist Brian May and West End singer Kerry Ellis in a new venture to help raise funds for the vaccination of badgers.
Pollyanna Pickering hosts Born Free Thirtieth Anniversary Event
Pollyanna was delighted to welcome Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation to her gallery in Derbyshire on a sunny day in July for a special celebration day to mark the thirtieth anniversary of this remarkable charity.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raisends for Cheetah Conservation Education programme
Pollyanna was delighted to present the founder of the charity Dr Laurie Marker (left) with $5000.00 raised by the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. The money has been raised through sales of Pollyanna’s limited edition print 'Kekay and her Cubs' and will be used to fund an education programme for farmers in Namibia to help ensure the survival of wild cheetahs on farmland.
Live TV Specials Launch Pollyanna Pickering’s latest Craft Kits.
In 2013 Pollyanna appeared twice on a popular home shopping channel - in August and November - to promote brand new crafting products featuring her artwork. The shows and the craft kits both proved so popular that in 2014 she has become a regular guest on Create and Craft TV.
The Pollyanna Pickering Award for theBest Depiction of the Living World
Pollyanna was delighted to present a brand new trophy which bears her name at the Fine Art Trade Guild’s annual gala dinner on the 17th May - The Pollyanna Pickering award for the Best Depiction of the Living World.
Sir David Attenborough picks a Winner for the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2013 Winter Prize draw has been drawn by natural history broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough.
Pollyanna Pickering is Finalist in The Art and Framing Industry Awards
Pollyanna was honoured when the Association of Animal Artists asked if they could nominate her on behalf of the association to be considered for the ‘Best Selling Published Artist’ category at The Art and Framing Industry Awards. Pollyanna was delighted to be named as a finalist on her very first nomination!
Pollyanna Pickering - Painting Expedition to the Antarctic
In Dcember 2013 Pollyanna’s latest painting expedition took her, and her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, to the ends of the earth – Antarctica: the great white continent, one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife, where penguins, seals and whales are the only permanent residents.
Stephen Fry Picks the Winner for the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation
The winning ticket of the 2013 Pollyanna Pickering Foundation grand prize draw has been drawn by Stephen Fry - actor, TV presenter - and all-round national Treasure! The prize draw was held in conjuction with Pollyanna's Exhibition 'Last Chance to Paint....?'
Pollyanna Pickering Presents Heritage Bid
As joint patrons of the Friends of the Pavilion Group Pollyanna and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom made a very special journey into Nottingham in August. They boarded a 1910 London omnibus – one of only two remaining on the road – which was built in the same year as the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath to deliver a formal bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Live One Hour TV Specials for Pollyanna’s Product Launch!
Pollyanna made a series of live television appearances on a popular home shopping channel in August, to promote a brand new product featuring her artwork.
Pollyanna Pickering returns from Expedition into Rwanda
Pollyanna has recently returned from an expedition to piant mountain gorillas - sitting in deep undergrowth just a few feet away from a huge troop in the Virunga mountains in Rwanda. Despite having been fortunate enough to travel across five continents and to observe many endangered species in their natural habitats, Pollyanna described her experiences of sitting quietly in the midst of a group of gorillas as ‘one of the most magical days of my life’
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation funds sanctuary for Painted Dogs in Namibia
Pollyanna has visited one of the major conservation projects funded by the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. In 2011 the Foundation paid £8,700.00 – the equivalent of $94,0000.00 Namibian dollars - to build a huge enclosure – over 8 hectares - (above) at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. Building the enclosure ensured the safe and secure growth and development of 14 orphaned painted dog pups - which would otherwise have faced certain death - and will eventually allow their re-introduction into former areas of residence such as Etosha National Park.
A Highlight from Pollyanna Pickering's AFC flag expedition features in new book
Pollyanna was pleased to be asked to contribute a story about her most memorable cup of tea to a brand new book! She chose a moment from her AFC flag expedition into Bhutan to feature in the charitable publication.
Pollyanna Pickering wins Association of Animal Artist Annual Award
Pollyanna’s painting ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (above) scooped the first prize in it’s category in the first ever Association of Animal Artist Annual Awards.
TV star Amanda Holden picks Winning Ticket in Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Prize Draw
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2012 Winter Prize draw has been drawn by actress and television presenter Amanda Holden
Pollyanna Pickering and Virginia McKenna launch new book 'Wildness'
Pollyanna was delighted to welcome Virginia McKenna, founder of the Born Free Foundation to her gallery for a celebration day to officially launch the new book 'Wildness'.
Pollyanna Pickering Officially Opens New Wildlife Hospital
More than 500 people turned up to see Pollyanna officially cut the ribbon and open the brand new purpose built Kibworth Wildlife Hospital and Education centre.
Pollyanna Pickering Receives Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation award
We are proud to announce that Pollyanna has received the most prestigeous International Award in the field of Wildlife Art. She was awarded the Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation award for 2012, recognizing her support for conservation through her artistic talents during the Artists for Conservation Festival Gala in front of a VIP crowd on October 12th, 2012 in Canada.
Pollyanna Pickering becomes Conservation Partner to Bhutanese Government
Pollyanna is proud to announce that she has accepted the official role of Conservation Partner to the Wildlife Conservation Division of the Department of Forests and Park Services of Bhutan. Initiatially she is helping to support their new Tiger and Carnivore Conservation awareness project.
Comedian Rob Brydon Draws Winning Ticket for Pollyanna
The Pollyanna Pickering Winter Prize Draw has raised funds for two British Wildlife Conservation and Rescue Projects. The winning ticket was drawn by Popular British Comedian Rob Brydon.
Pollyanna Pickering becomes Patron of Parrotaid
Pollyanna and her daughter Anna-Louise are pleased to have accepted the roles of joint patrons of the organisation Parrotaid.
Parrotaid is a non profit making organisation set up 12 years ago to help injured neglected unwanted and abused parrots of all shapes and sizes.
Pollyanna Pickering Wins Environmental Concern Award
Pollyanna is honoured to have won the inaugural Envionmental Concern Award in the 2011 Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards, for her dramatic painting 'What Have We Done.........'.
Pollyanna Pickering Opens Cats Protection League Centre
Pollyanna officially opened the Cats Protection League adoption centre in Derby back in 1988. She was delighted to be invited back to ‘cut the ribbon’ and officially open their brand new reception area, and care annex which provides 15 extra pens.
Pollyanna Pickering becomes International Global Ambassador for Wildlife Warriors
Pollyanna is honoured to have accepted the post of Global Ambassador for Australian based conservation group Wildlife Warriors.
Pollyanna Pickering launches International Childrens' Conservation writing Competition
Pollyanna’s first act in her new role as Global Ambassador for Wildlife Warriors is to launch a brand new International Writing Competition for Children. The winner will inspire a painting which will raise funds for a vital conservation project of their choice!
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation saves Namibian Painted Dogs
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation has funded the building of an enclosure for the rehabiliation of Painted Dogs at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia.
Cast of British Soap Opera draw winning tickets in Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Prize Draw
Past and present cast members of popular British television soap Emmerdale joined Pollyanna (far right) at the end of July to draw the winning tickets in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s Summer Prize Draw.
Pollyanna Paints in the Largest Desert in the World
Pollyanna Pickering has undertaken a painting expedition to the world's largest desert. The Rub Al-Khali, known as the empty quarter, covers covers over 650,000 sq km of the Arabian Penninsula.
Pollyanna undertakes challenge for Guide Dogs for the Blind
Pollyanna Pickering recently undertook an amazing challenge to help raise awareness for the work of the Sheffield and District branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Pollyanna becomes paton of arts centre campaign
Pollyanna has agreed to become a Patron of “The Friends of the Grand Pavilion”, a group supporting the regeneration of the disused Victorian Pavilion in her home county of Derbyshire to create a multi purpose arts and entertainment centre.
Pollyanna Pickering and Eric Knowles Pick a Winner!
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2010 Winter Prize draw was drawn by antiques expert and television presenter Eric Knowles
Pollyanna designs Logo for Big Cat Sanctuary
Pollyanna Pickering has provided the artwork for the new logo for an American charity – the Lions Tigers and Bears Rescue Sanctuary based in California.
Pollyanna Pickering attends Launch of Animated Nature
Pollyanna enjoyed attending the launch of the poetry anthology ‘Animated Nature’ on the 6th March. One of Pollyanna’s kingfisher paintings features on the front cover of the book, which features a selection of work by the poet Richard Bonfield
Pollyanna Pickering Shrouds Statue for Lionaid
Charity Lionaid have been travelleling the UK temporarily and symbolically shrouded one or more prominent lion statues with a black cloth bearing the campaign logo to highlight the plight of the African Lion. Pollyanna Pickering joined the Mayor of Nottingham, and two representatives from the Charity to take part in this very unusual ceremony.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation funds Moonbear Rescue
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation is proud to have funded the resuce of an Asiatic Moonbear from a bile farm in Vietnam.
Pollyanna Pickering and Graham Norton Pick a Winner!
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2010 Summer Prize draw was drawn by comedian and television presenter Graham Norton (left with Pollyanna).
Pollyanna Painting to be auctioned at Christies for Tusk
The painting ‘Rock of Ages’ by Pollyanna Pickering will be auctioned at Christies auction house in London to raise funds for the work of the charity Tusk.
Pollyanna's Lion Sculpture unveiled
Pollyanna was joined by actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna, founder of The Born Free Foundation to officially unveil one of the most unusual pieces of artwork she has ever completed! ‘Good Morning Africa’ is a life size lion sculpture, designed and painted by Pollyanna as part of the Pride of Northampton event.
Pollyanna becomes patron of ABC Animal Sanctuary
Pollyanna is honoured to have accepted the role of patron to the ABC Animal Sanctuary, alongside actress Joanna Lumley. The sanctuary was founded by actress and animal lover Alexandra Bastedo (left), best known for her role in cult TV series The Champions.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation funds Moonbear rescue
Pollyanna Pickering was delighted to be able to present Animals Asia founder Jill Robinson with a cheque for £5,200.00 to fund the rescue of an asiatic moon bear from a bile farm in Vietnam.
Pollyanna to paint Lion Sculpture
For a 10 week period in Summer 2010, Northampton’s streets, parks, open spaces and shopping centres will be joined by a pride of 5ft lions. Pollyanna Pickering is delighted to announce that she has been selected as one of the artists who will paint one of these magnificent sculptures.
Virginia McKenna draws winning ticket for Pollyanna Pickering Foundation
Born Free Founder and actress Virginia McKenna visited Pollyanna Pickering's Derbyshire gallery to draw the winning ticket in the Foundation's prize draw which raised funds to help create a new wildife sanctuary in Ethiopia.
Pollyanna paints cover for poetry anthology
Pollyanna Pickering’s painting of a kingfisher ‘A Flash of Turquoise blue’ is to be the cover image for a new anthology of poems inspired by the natural world.
Celebrity launch for Pollyanna's Prize Draw
Three Famous faces from stage and screen visited Pollyanna to lend their support to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s first fundraising campaign of 2010.
Pollyanna Beyond the Great Wall
In January 2010 Pollyanna made her first return journey to China in fifteen years, travelling far beyond the legendary Great Wall in search of some of the country’s most endangered species.
Pollyanna Pickering Named Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year
2009 ended on a high note for Pollyanna when she was.named ‘Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in the Society for All Artists Artist of the Year Awards.
Pollyanna Pickering wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Pollyanna is no stranger to receiving awards for her acclaimed paintings of endangered species - but she has just been recognised for another aspect of her work.Pollyanna was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the inaugural The Derbyshire Times Business Awards.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Prize Draw funds Badger Conservation
Popular presenter of the UK's 'Who Wants to be a Millioneire' Chris Tarrant is used to changing people’s lives by giving away huge sums of money – but following the end of Pollyanna’s Christmas exhibition he made another lucky winner very happy when he selected the winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation prize draw for an original painting.
Pollyanna Pickering is Finalist in UK Business Awards
The Derbyshire Times Business Awards have just announced that Pollyanna is one of just five finalists chosen from hundreds of entries for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Pollyanna Pickering feature in International Artist magazine
The October/November issue of International Artist magazine includes an eight page feature on Pollyanna's work - including a step by step guide to the creation of one of her paintings. (£4.75 / $6.95)
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Funds Born Free Sanctuary
At the end of her Summer Exhibition which was inspired by the remarkable conservation work carried out internationally by the Born Free Foundation, Pollyanna was proud to be able to present founder Virginia McKenna (above left) with a cheque for $20,000 on behalf of her charitable Foundation.
Pollyanna pledges support for Wildcat conservation
Pollyanna has pledged her support to Highland Tiger, a new project developed by the Wild Media Foundation to educate and raise awareness about the highly endangered Scottish Wildcat, the UK's only remaining native feline.
Pollyanna Pickering welcomes John Hurt as patron of Quad
In her role as a member of the development commitee of new Derby Arts Centre Quad, Pollyanna was pleased to welcome actor John Hurt as patron at a gala celebration dinner.
Flag Expedition Painting shortlisted for Award
A painting of a red panda completed by Pollyanna Pickering following her AFC flag expedition into Bhutan has been shortlisted for an International award.
Pollyanna Pickering announces exhibition in support of Born Free
This summer, Pollyanna will be proud to present the first public exhibition of a new collection of paintings inspired by the work of the Born Free Foundation, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.
The exhibition will be one of the official events in the Foundations silver jubilee calendar.
Adopt a cheetah and Win a holiday to South Africa
Pollyanna Pickering has recently accepted the role of UK ambassador to support a remarkable wild cheetah rescue and relocation programme based in South Africa. Now, through her charitable Foundation she is offering the chance to adopt a cheetah and win a holiday to South Africa.
Pollyanna Pickering gives backing to Spotlight on China Campaign
In her role as patron of Naturewatch, Pollyanna has given her backing to their new 'Spotlight on China Campaign'.
Pollyanna Pickering announces expedition to study endangered Ethiopian Wolf
In April Pollyanna Pickering will set off on a 8,000 mile round trip to the most mountainous and desolate parts of Ethiopia in an attempt to track down the most endangered species of its kind on the planet.
Pollyanna Pickering supports 'Stop Elephant Polo' campaign
Pollyanna has added her name to a growing list of international conservationists who are calling for an end to Elephant Polo. She was approached by the co-ordinator of the campaign, the Programmes Officer of the Wildlife Trust of India, and on finding out about the suffering and indignities inflicted on these magnificent animals in the name of this 'sport', was peased to offer her help.
Pollyanna Pickering opens new RSPCA centre
Pollyanna Pickering was pleased to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Royal Society for the Protection of Animals Sheffield shelter. She was invited to cut the ribbon at a ceremony at the £5.2 million centre in Sheffield, England.
Pollyanna Pickering accepts role as patron of Cats in Need
Pollyanna Pickering is honoured to have accepted the role of patron of charity ‘Cats in Need’.
Although Pollyanna is probably better known for her work with the big cats, she is pleased to be able to support this British charity which rescues and re-homes domestic cats.
Flag Expedition Paintings in commemorative magazine
Paintings completed by Pollyanna Pickering folowing her AFC flag expedition into Bhutan have been included in the special commemorative edition of The Bhutan Society's magazine, which celebrates the Coronation of their new King.
Pollyanna Pickering Shortlisted for Women in Public Life award
Pollyanna is honoured to have been shortlisted for a prestigeous national award which celebrates British women leaders in society and seeks to recognise and promote the work of women in politics, business, and the arts.
Flag expedition raises funds for Himalayan Conservation
Following Pollyanna’s Exhibition ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’, inspired by her AFC flag expedition, she was very pleased to able to donate US $6,000.00 to the World Wildlife Fund Bhutan through her charitable Foundation.
Conservation weekend raises over $8 000 for cheetah relocation
Pollyanna recently opened her gallery for a special weekend in support of cheetah conservation. Vanessa Bezuidenhout director of the De Wildt Cheetah and Conservation Trust flew over from South Africa for the event and was present in the gallery throughout to chat to visitors about her work with these beautiful cats.
Pollyanna becomes honorary member of Rotary International
At a recent meeting of the her regional branch of the Rotary Club their president inducted Pollyanna into the society as an honorary member. The club offered the honorary membership to provide recognition by both the club and the local community of “Pollyanna’s outstanding contribution, both nationally and internationally to wildlife conservation through her many works of art depicting species in this country and overseas”.
BBC screen Pollyanna Pickering Documentary
The most recent documentary to feature Pollyanna's work - ‘Made in England’ - has just been broadcast on BBC1 in the UK. The documentary makers challenged Pollyanna to 'work outside her comfort zone' and instead of painting the birds and animals she loves, to turn her attention to the 'human zoo' and paint people instead!
Pollyanna announces dates of land of the Thunder Dragon Exhibition
The dates have been set for the first exhibition of work inspired by Pollyanna Pickering’s AFC flag expedition into Bhutan. She will open the doors of her private gallery in Derbyshire from 14th - 22nd June
Honorary Degree for Pollyanna
The University of Derby have conferred the honorary degree of master of the University on Pollyanna during their 2008 graduation ceremonies.
Excellence Award for Pollyanna
On 13th November Pollyanna Pickering was one of the first recipients of a new excellence award from Derbyshire County Council, for her ‘outstanding personal achievement in wildlife art’ which has helped to put her home county on the map.
Pollyanna speaks about Flag Expedition at Astrazeneca HQ
Pollyanna was pleased to give the third presentation of ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, her lecture describing her flag expedition to Bhutan at the UK headquarters of pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca.
Pollyanna gives first presentation about AFC Flag Expedition
On the 17th September Pollyanna gave the first public presentation about her AFC Flag expedition to Bhutan, to a packed house in Nottingham in the UK. A huge poster outside the venue proudly proclaimed the event as the ‘World Premier’ of Pollyanna’s new talk!
Virginia McKenna writes foreward for new Pollyanna Pickering book
Pollyanna is pleased to announce that actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna, founder of The Born Free Foundation, has written the foreword to Pollyanna's forthcoming book ‘The Eye of the Tiger’.
Pollyanna Pickering wins Wildscape masterclass challenge
Pollyanna is very pleased to have won the first 'Masterclass Challenge' organised by Wildscape, the UK's only national magazine dedicated to wildlife art.
First Joint Exhibition for Pollyanna Pickering and her daughter
Pollyanna and Anna-Louise, an accomplished wildlife photographer, have been invited to take part in their first ever joint exhibition at the Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott during September.
Pollyanna Pickering visits rescued lions at Shamwari
At the beginning of September Pollyanna returned from a trip to South Africa, where she was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Born Free Foundation's santuary at Shamwari.
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Funds New Pens for Wildlife Sanctuary
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation is pleased to have presented the Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary, based near Mansfield, with a cheque for £470.00 to pay for the building of a new aviary. Building work has now been completed, and the new pen is in use by rescued birds!
Pollyanna Pickering Foundation helps rescued lions
Pollyanna is delighted to announce that her Foundation's major fund-raising project raised a total of £8,100.00 through the annual prize draw, donations, events, and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s exhibition ‘An Artist’s Safari’ held last summer.
Pollyanna paints stamps for the Congo
Pollyanna is delighted that twelve of her paintings of owls have been selected by The Democratic Republic of the Congo to appear on one of their latest stamp issues.
Pollyanna becomes a Guardian of Breast Cancer Haven
Pollyanna has accepted the post of Guardian to a charity which offers support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Pollyanna Commissiond by Harrods
Following the immense popularity of her designs for a range of gift ware to celebrate the 20th Anniversary bear, Harrods has once again commissioned Pollyanna to paint this year's bear 'Alexander'.
Pollyanna Commissioned by RSPCA
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have commissioned Pollyanna to supply two pieces of artwork for their dramatic and high-profile national advertising campaign to call for the protection of badgers.
UK Government Business Achievement Award
Pollyanna's daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been honoured with the Department of Trade and Industry's Women in Business Achievement Award. The award highlights their success in exporting Pollyanna's published work.
Pollyanna Films for BBC2
Pollyanna recently spent a day at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, England filming a piece for inclusion in the popular BBC2 wildlife programme Nature's Calendar.
We are appealing for any information which will help in the return of two of Pollyanna Pickerings original paintings which have been stolen from a gallery in Lincolnshire, England.
Pollyanna backs Organ Donation campaign
Pollyanna is pleased to have given her support to a campaign to encourage people living in the UK to sign up for the NHS Organ Donor Register. She is pictured here with five-year-old organ recipient Zack Roome at the launch.
Pollyanna Becomes patron of The Badger Trust.
Pollyanna has become the first patron of a national charity which promotes the conservation, welfare and protection of badgers, their setts and habitats. The Badger Trust is the leading voice for badgers in Britain, and represents and supports the activity of 80 local voluntary badger groups.
Tiger Canvas Print Raises $6800 for Compassion in World Farming
Pollyanna was thrilled when one of her tiger canvases 'Cool Waters' raised $6800.00 at a glittering event attending by celebrities including British newsreader Angela Rippon. The unique giclee print of a swimming tiger was created especially for the gala dinner.
Pollyanna becomes patron of The Wildlife Art Society International
Pollyanna is honoured to have accepted the post of patron of this prestigious Art Society. She has enjoyed a long association with the group, exhibiting regularly at their annual exhibitions - where she has twice been awarded a gold medal - and was also presented with their commemorative Millennium Trophy recognising excellence in the field of wildlife art.
Pollyanna Becomes Patron of Countryside Training Trust
Pollyanna has accepted the post of patron to a remarkable charity which provides employment and training for adults with learning disabilities, and which is currently threatened with closure. She is shown here at the charity's farm with one of the students.
Pollyanna honoured by International Fund for Animal Welfare
Pollyanna attended the House of Lords on the 14th July to collect a top International Award for her conservation work.
Animal charity IFAW named Pollyanna as their 'Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year 2005' in recognition of her tireless work through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.
Land of the Snow Tiger Exhibition
Pollyanna's 2005 Summer Exhibition, held in her private gallery, was once again a great success. Visitors to the gallery were able to view over fifty paintings inspired by her toughest challenge yet - an expedition to the wastelands of Siberia to sketch the critically endangered Amur Tigers
Pollyanna's Personal Assistant Lectures in Dubai!
Pollyanna's personal assistant Anna-Louise was honoured to be invited to speak at the 2005 Executive Secretary, PA and Office Manager Forum, a prestigious international five-day conference held annually in the United Arab Emirates.
Harrod's Commissions Anniversary Designs
The world's most famous department store has comissioned Pollyanna to paint a series of ten designs to commemorate a very special launch!
TV Interview about Arctic Expedition
Viewers of CBBC's flagship programme X-Change will have seen Pollyanna talking about her expeditions to the High Arctic a few weeks ago.
African Postage Stamps Issued
Pollyanna has been honoured with a commission from the African Republic of Benin to paint a series of 12 'Owls of the World' for a set of commemorative stamps.
Pollyanna Becomes Vice President of Wildlife Defence Fund
Pollyanna has accepted the honorary post of Vice President of a wildlife charity committed to the welfare of animals world-wide. The Wildlife Defence Fund has been founded by Dr Bill Jordan, one of the world's most respected Wildlife Vets.