years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Our London exhibition is now closed. See our updated report about it here.
“Richard and Suzie's art is quite simply breathtaking in its beauty and reflection of the bears' lives today, and connects us all to their charisma, joy and forgiveness of being able to enjoy being bears at long long last. “ Jill Robinson MBE, Founder and CEO Animals Asia
The Moonstruck private view in London last night (Tuesday 24 April) was a resounding success, creating a very successful launch for the week long exhibition of stunning sculptures and drawings of our beloved bears and other Asian wildlife.
It was also a fun evening for supporters, old and new, and Animals Asia staff and volunteers. Guests were very much moved by artists Suzie Marsh and Richard Symonds explaining how inspired they were after visit to the Chengdu sanctuary last May, and how the beautiful work on display is their tribute both to the bears and the work of Animals Asia trying to end bear farming for good.
Jill gave guests a brief round-up of recent events taking place in China and then profusely thanked Mike Spragg, generous sponsor of the Moonstruck exhibition, Oliver and Gitte Lodge and, of course, both artists, for making this a hugely successful event. Sales of both drawings and sculptures were rapid and red “sold” dots soon appeared throughout the gallery.
Please see below for details of exhibition opening times and click on the link for our online gallery of images.
25-28 April 2012
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Times Wed, Thurs: 11 am – 6 pm
Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
including live sculpting and drawing demonstrations by both artists 3 pm- 5 pm Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm
We are thrilled to announce a very special exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures of moon bears and other Chinese wildlife by acclaimed artists Richard Symonds and Suzie Marsh.
Fired by their mutual passion, Richard and Suzie are delighted to be working on this exclusive exhibition in aid of the bears and both artists have very generously offered between 45-50 per cent of the exhibition proceeds to Animals Asia.
There will be over 40 limited edition and original sculptures and drawings so plenty to choose from and to suit all budgets. Limited tickets for the private view will be available by phoning our UK office 01579 347148 , and we hope that all our London supporters will visit the exhibition as it continues during the week.
Suzie’s superb figurative animal sculptures have gained great acclaim over the last 25 years. Made in ceramic and then cast in resins, pewter or hot foundry bronze, these wonderful sculptures are suitable for homes and gardens.
Her commitment to Animals Asia has resulted in donations of fabulous limited-edition sculptures and her design of Hope of Freedom, ‘our’ elephant in the 2010 London Elephant Parade.
Suzie says, “To express what it means to help these bears is almost impossible to put into words. I am completely under the bears’ spell and will do what I can for them in my own small way and I know I will always wish it could be more.”
Richard’s passion and commitment to wildlife spans over 20 years, in which time he has helped raise significant funds and awareness for wildlife through the sale of his original paintings and drawings.
Richard became aware of the plight of the moon bears after meeting Jill in 2010, and immediately offered an exhibition of his drawings. Having already met up with Suzie in May 2011, the two visited the bears at our Chengdu sanctuary to collect material for the exhibition.
This visit changed their lives dramatically as what they saw and learned at the sanctuary overwhelmed them.
Life changing experience
Richard tells us, "My most moving experience was meeting the heroic Oliver bear, who I learnt had spent 30 years of his life incarcerated and tortured at the hands of humans for his precious bile. I quite literally broke down with emotion and made a silent promise to Oliver that I would do all I can to help him and his fellow bears and would never forget them or him.
Apart from capturing these fantastic brave, heroic and playful animals for eternity on canvas so that they will never be forgotten, I hope - above all else - to help raise awareness about the terrible plight and suffering of the bears. It is without doubt that Jill has started a ball rolling that just will not stop until the last bile farm is closed and these majestic souls can finally live a life of peace. I am honoured to be a small part of this."
Suzie adds, “Arriving at the sanctuary and seeing my first bears just overwhelmed me like a tidal wave. Watching the videos we took of them brings it all back. They are such magnificent creatures. To see how they can recover from what humans have done to them is mind-blowing. And meeting Jill, who has fought so long for them and who is still so positive, was an inspiration – how can we not save these bears?”
With thanks to Moonstruck exhibition sponsors, Mike and Tracie Spragg, directors of empath-e Limited, a certified Sage Plc Business Partner, and leading provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and associated business applications throughout Europe. To find out more about empath-e Limited, click here
"Delaney" by Suzie Marsh.
Guests at our private view.
Suzie (left) and Richard (right) speak with our private view guests.