Stunning art exhibition showcases talented supporter’s work
The International Fund for Animal Welfare recently benefited from a private viewing of environmentally inspired art by the wonderfully gifted supporter Gulchre Ciplak. The event “Our World needs to us Care” occurred in the spectacular surroundings of the House of Commons and was sponsored by Andrew Rosindell MP, a long-term supporter of wildlife conservation work in Parliament. I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend with two of my colleagues from the campaigns department.
The aim of the stunning exhibition was to showcase the artist’s work, give her the opportunity to demonstrate her passion for flora and fauna and highlight some of the serious conservation issues facing the planet.
In addition, Gulchre kindly offered to raise funds and awareness of IFAW’s work to combat the illegal ivory trade which is devastating elephant and rhino populations.
When I spoke to Gul she explained “I am passionately committed to the cause of helping to protect endangered wildlife and am delighted to raise funds for organisations like IFAW, who are working on the front-line against the poachers and illegal traders”.
Mark Reckless MP introduced Gul’s exhibition and spoke enthusiastically about the causes she was championing. Throughout the week, every MP will get the chance to see her work and the message behind it.
I also had the opportunity to give a presentation to her guests who had joined her from far and wide. I explained about our efforts to tackle wildlife crime work and highlighted that it’s not ‘just’ the orphaned elephants and the baby rhinos that are victims of this terrible trade: the poachers often kill the rangers before turning their guns on the wild animals. The money made from this gruesome trade frequently finds its way to organised criminals and terrorists.
We are extremely grateful to Gul for deploying her great talent for the benefit of animals at risk. Her highly creative pieces featured in the exhibition were fashioned from a variety of different materials using many different artistic methods including painting, collage, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. The sheer range and originality of the works were incredible.
In fact I loved her work so much I bought one of the paintings!