Auction for Wildlife

Monday 24th October 2016

Badgers (c) Valerie BriggsBadgers (c) Valerie Briggs

From needlework to ceramics and oils to watercolours, an online auction is being held to raise funds for a local conservation charity.

Balloons over Avon Gorge by Peter ReddickWorcestershire Wildlife Trust is auctioning off pieces of artwork that have been donated to help raise funds for their work across the county. 75 pieces will be going under the online hammer from Monday 24th October until Thursday 3rd November.

Hannah Thomas, organiser of the auction, said “We are really grateful to the donors of the artwork, some of whom are the artists themselves, for giving us this opportunity to use their beautiful pieces to raise money for wildlife.

“We’ve got a real variety of artwork from hand modelled ceramic fungi and cross-stitch samplers to watercolours and linocuts, acrylics and prints. Each piece is themed on wildlife or the countryside.

Untitled by John Fullwood

“We’re also holding a viewing session at our centre, Lower Smite Farm, so that people can see the artwork for themselves before placing a bid.”

The viewing session will take place between 3pm and 7pm on Friday 28th October at Lower Smite Farm, between Worcester and Droitwich Spa (WR3 8SZ). Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

From watercolours to ceramics


Fly agaric by Shirley Talboys

The auction includes works of art by amateurs and professionals and covers a range of prices.

Local wildlife artist Valerie Briggs has donated five pieces to the auction consisting of two watercolours and three graphite drawings. A large framed watercolour of a barn owl perching on a gate, ‘At the close of the day’, is the highlight of the lot and accompanies a watercolour of an otter and a series of beautiful graphite drawings including a fox and a badger with her cubs.

Valerie is a long-time supporter of the Trust, having been a member for 32 years, and is a well known artist of flora and fauna within Worcestershire.

Other local interest comes in the form of fungi models by Worcestershire based ceramicist Shirley Talboys. Shirley has spent the last 20 years making botanically accurate ceramic models of fungus for the British Mycological Society and other collectors.

Included in the pieces from further afield are two limited edition prints by the late wood engraver Peter Reddick. Reddick, who also illustrated Thomas Hardy’s complete works by the Folio Society, was a member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Society of Wood Engravers.

British Camp by Linda Dumnall

The auction also contains pieces by Lynda and Paul Dunmall, John Fullwood, Derek Hadley and Judith Milne among many others.

Hannah continued “This is a great opportunity to fill a space on your wall or shelf with something beautiful whilst raising money for our conservation work that takes place right across Worcestershire.

“With prices starting at just £5.00 for some of the pieces, there’s every reason to take a look at what’s available and grab yourself a bargain.”

The charity’s Ebay page can be found at

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