Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists dedicated to supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, AFC represents many of the world's most celebrated names in the nature/wildlife art genre among a dedicated membership of professional and emerging artists from nearly 30 countries. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement supporting conservation and education.
Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, annual festival, awards, publications, and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. AFC hosts the world’s largest online gallery of nature, landscape and wildlife art at www.artistsforconservation.org.
We live in an extraordinary period in history – one that is marked by us seeing well over one-third of Earth’s species vanish, along with dozens of human cultural lines and languages. The challenge of climate change, loss of biodiversity, desertification, overpopulation, and deforestation – each on its own – stands to adversely affect us all. Together, these challenges represent symptoms of a global pattern of impact by humans on the web of life that supports us. Many artists today are active participants in an important awareness and educational movement, channeling artistic talent toward emotionally connecting the public to nature to inspire awareness, appreciation and action. At the forefront of this movement is Artists for Conservation (AFC).
The Artists for Conservation Festival provides a rare opportunity for the public to engage, learn directly from inspiring international master artists/conservationists and support conservation. AFC programs demonstrate how an individual can make a difference, and the importance of taking action now. By encouraging curiosity, learning and participation we can save the places we love and the species we care for. Your participation and support will make a lasting difference.
AFC is an international group of artists comprising some 500 of the world's most gifted nature and wildlife artists supporting the environment. We are the official partner for IOCongress for 2018.
AFC's 2018 Festival will be held in Vancouver, BC August 22 - 25th, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre - in partnership with the IOCongress and the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Week. We're expecting dozens of AFC artists to attend along with 3,000 scientists/ delegates and 25,000 public visitors. On August 20, a “bird” parade through downtown Vancouver will kick things off. Put the dates in your calendar and book your hotel early! Don't wait this is a truly special event with tourism, the city and many others supporting it.
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AFC artists from around the globe are collaborating to create a 100-ft super-mural featuring all 678 endangered species of bird, to be unveiled at the #AFCFestival2018 this August in Vancouver. A limited number of canvas giclee editions of each will be available for sale both at the event and online.
A student mural will also be unveiled at the event. A preview of the murals was displayed at the 2017 AFC Festival.
Silent Skies initiative aims to raise funds and awareness for endangered bird species. Make sure you follow our hashtag #AFCbirdmural2018
As a not-for-profit organization, Artists For Conservation dedicates its resources to support the preservation of our environment through art. AFC urgently needs the support of its audience to sustain current work and to grow its programs.
Through a donation, no matter how small or large, you can show your support for our organization, for nature-inspired art, and for conservation.
Please support us today! Visit our donation form for a range of giving options.
Artists for Conservation is inviting a limited number of value-aligned corporate partners to support the delivery of this important, and inspirational international event.
In partnering with the Festival, your organization will derive the following value:
Please contact Jeff Whiting directly at 778-340-0748 or jwhiting[at]artistsforconservation.org.
Artists for Conservation Festival and/or Art Exhibit tours internationally.
If you are interested in hosting a tour with AFC, please contact Jeff Whiting directly at 778-340-0748 or jwhiting[at]artistsforconservation.org.
To learn more about AFC member artists, our mission, and to become a member, please visit the Artists for Conservation Foundation site. Artists interested in exhibiting for August 2018 must first apply by February 28th 2018. Artists are juried for membership and only accepted members can participate in the AFC annual juried exhibit.