We have collaborated with recently launched Isle of Wight Studio ‘Artfullness’ and are excited to invite you to enter our nature-inspired art competition. Our challenge to you is to:

  • create a work of art on a postcard 15cm wide and 10.5cm high that depicts how nature has helped you through lockdown.

Details as follows:

  • Open from 17th May to 14th June and is open to artists of all skill levels
  • Competitors will be split into four categories with one piece of artwork chosen from each category.
    • Under 7’s
    • 7-12’s
    • 13-18’s and
    • over 18’s
  • Email your entries to competitions@wildheartanimalsanctuary.org

Wildlife expert, TV presenter and Trustee, Chris Packham, will announce the winners on Saturday 3rd July via the Trusts Facebook site and both websites.

Winners will see their creations recreated as a postcard and sold in our retail shop until Christmas 2021, with all proceeds going to a wildlife charity of the winners choice. In addition to the winning entries being recreated as postcards, winners will be given a year-long membership to the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary so they can continue to use the animals as their inspiration. A certificate will also be awarded.

In recognition of the personal and social challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Wildheart Trust recognises that its animal sanctuary has been instrumental in supporting the mental well-being of the local community on the Isle of Wight. The competition aims to encourage people to promote the restorative and supportive value of the natural world.

Lawrence Bates, Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We have all faced tremendous mental pressures through the last 12 months, with a lot of people turning to nature to find respite and support. This competition is a way to celebrate the healing powers of both nature and self-expression. We can’t wait to see the inspiring artwork the community will produce. Choosing the winners surely won’t be an easy feat!”

We are not working in isolation for this competition, as we are working in collaboration with recently launched Artfullness who’s aim is to connect people to the essence of joy and freedom through creative pursuits linked to the natural world.

“We are so excited to be collaborating with the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary to create a competition that bridges creativity and well-being. At Artfullness, we promote the importance of art and creativity for wellbeing and mental health, and nature is the best source of inspiration. We believe that everybody can be creative and should enjoy doing so without concerns for perfection. We encourage everyone to submit a piece of work!” Lucy Bell and Nikki Finch, Co-founders at Artfullness

To help budding artists evoke their creative side, Artfullness will also be holding workshops at the sanctuary; details below – dates to follow!

  • Price £5 which includes the 1.5 hour workshop and a 10% off voucher for the café
  • Additional charges apply if you wish to visit the sanctuary afterwards
  • Workshop run by Artfullness artists Lucy and Nikki
  • The workshops can be booked online once we add the dates.