About Artists for Conservation

Who is Artists for Conservation?

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.  

Why the Festival is Important?

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. 

2018 AFC Festival:

AFC is an international group of artists comprising some 500 of the world's most gifted nature and wildlife artists supporting the environment.​ The Festival is presented by RE/MAX Agents of Lower Mainland.

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 over 50 AFC artists to attend the 4-day event. 

The 8th annual Artists for Conservation Festival (AFC) is a multi-day art and environmental education event, featuring a world-class conservation themed art exhibit with leading international, and regional artists, films, live painting/sculting demos, music and cultural performances. 

AFC's "Silent Skies" mural project is a collaborative mural project created by AFC member artists around the globe. The 100-ft super-mural featuring all 678 endangered species of bird will be unveiled at the #AFCFestival2018 Exhibit Opening Reception on August 22, 2018.

Help us spread the word about the #AFCFestival2018, connect with us on social media.

Learn more about our partners:  http://www.iocongress2018.com/ http://www.vanbirdfest.com/

Silent Skies Mural Project:

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

Become a Donor

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.

Become a 2018 - 2019 Sponsor/Partner

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:

  • Association with a world-class signature event in Vancouver, with provincial, national and international relevance.
  • High-profile visibility to an estimated 25,000 attendees, millions of TV viewers and radio listeners, over 600,000 online and to over 40,000 of Grouse Mountain's members and pass-holders.
  • Excellent value-for-adversting-dollar. Approx 5:1 marketing value.
  • Goodwill and recognition for community leadership in an international context for supporting a major artistic and environmental awareness and education event for the greater public, in particular youth and student groups.
  • Association with an international best-in-class organization and exhibit, with internationally-renowned artists.

Please contact Jeff Whiting directly at 778-340-0748 or jwhiting[at]artistsforconservation.org.

Host a Festival Tour

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.

Become an AFC Artist Member

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. 


Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Admission to AFC Festival is free of charge.  Admission is required for the Botanical Garden.

  • Art Exhibit
  • Youth Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Artist Demos
  • Live Wildlife Encounters
  • Music and Performances

  • Art Exhibit & Expo
  • Nature & Birding Expo
  • Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Art Demos
  • Music and Performances
  • Watch Films
  • Special Presentations

  • Fill the register form

  • Come to the Festival
  • Spread the Word
  • Purchase a Bird Mural
  • Buy Orginal Art
  • Make a Donation
  • Buy an AFC Book
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor the Event



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Next Event

AFC Festival 2019
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
27 Sept - 29 Sept, 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada


AFC Festival 2018
@ Vancouver Convention Centre
Partnership with IOC2018 (International Ornithological Congress)
22 August - 25, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada

AFC Festival 2017
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
9 Nov - 13 Nov, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada




About Us

Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards 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. 

Visit: artistsforconservation.org 

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