Pageant of Wildlife 2022 – Nick Mackman Animal Sculpture

In the summertime of 2022 I joined a Pageant of Wildlife deep contained in the Arctic Circle. It was the expertise of a lifetime. You’ll be able to nonetheless be a part of me in 2024 for artwork safari workshops in Zambia and Tanzania.

Svalbard Arctic Zodiac

A lot of you’ll know that I run common Artwork Safari Workshops with Wildlife Worldwide wildlife holidays. My African safari workshops mix early morning and night recreation drives with animal sculpture demonstrations and tuition, one thing which to the most effective of my information is exclusive within the trade.

Art Safari Workshop

I’m at all times amazed on the progress my college students are capable of make when immersed of their artwork for a full week. Not solely am I capable of give them an intensive grounding within the fundamentals of animal sculpture, I’m capable of introduce them to the important abilities of wildlife statement. The flexibility to watch, interpret and document animal behaviour within the wild is crucial for any aspiring wildlife artist. It additionally occurs to be one of the profoundly transferring experiences for any fanatic of the pure world.

Animal Sculpture Demonstration

For many individuals, a visit like that is the expertise of a lifetime. And none extra so than the Pageant of Wildlife that my journey firm, Wildlife Worldwide, has hosted since 2004. Conceived as a celebration of wildlife, the Pageant of Wildlife combines a wide range of wildlife watching actions with displays, demonstrations and tuition from a few of the world’s main wildlife specialists, photographers and artists.

Festival of Wildlife

I used to be lucky sufficient to be invited to hitch the Pageant of Wildlife 2022 in Svalbard as a featured artist. Svalbard, mendacity deep contained in the Arctic Circle, is an archipelago of islands teaming with wildlife, together with polar bear, walrus, seal, reindeer and quite a few hen species. We took each alternative to watch these animals at shut quarters, enterprise each day launches in small zodiac craft and making landfall each time situations allowed.

Festival of Wildlife

The expertise of watching a feminine polar bear make its approach throughout a rocky spit of land earlier than plunging fearlessly into the freezing Arctic waters is one I’ll always remember. The next day we had been capable of observe the progress of an Arctic fox because it hunted for eggs amidst the large hen colonies that inhabit the spectacular sea cliffs that tower above the Arctic waters.

Festival of Wildlife

Between excursions I ran animal sculpture workshops, introducing greater than thirty college students to the artwork of animal sculpture. Within the night I gave an enormous presentation and demonstration of a polar bear sculpture. I accomplished this sculpture throughout the subsequent evenings, and it was auctioned on the finish of the week to boost funds for nature conservation initiatives within the native space.

Polar Bear Sculpture

I loved my time in Svalbard enormously and I’m trying ahead to returning to Zambia in 2022 and 2024 to steer extra Artwork Safari Workshops. I’ll even be becoming a member of the following Festival of Wildlife in 2024 within the wildlife wealthy plains of Tanzania. Comply with the hyperlinks on this article or contact me at any time for extra details about my animal sculpture workshops, each abroad and right here within the UK.