AFC's annual Festival informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage through visual and performing art, lectures, films, and workshops. In 2017, the AFC Festival toured to Lanwan Eco Art Park in Qingdao, China.

AFC has supported over 15 Flag Expeditions since 2005. Fostering collaborative art and science field work to study and promote the preservation of endangered species and their vanishing habitats. 

Artists for Conservation connects youth with nature thorough art and environmental education. In 2018, AFC launched the youth "Silent Skies" mural project working with schools. #AFCFestival2018

AFC's annual exhibit is the world's premiere conservation-themed juried exhibit in the world today. International artists compete for the honor to participate, which raises funds for conservation and tours to world class venues.


  • AFC's 2018 Festival at Vancouver Convention Centre Aug 20 - 26. #AFCFestival2018 more

  • AFC's "Silent Skies" Mural Project. Featuring 678 endangered species of birds. #AFCbirdmural2018 more

  • AFC Honours Chirag Thumbar as Conservation Artist of the Month for February, 2018. more

Artists for Conservation
Bruce Lawes Gets Help from Jane Goodall in Painting to Support Institute
2017/10/08 - AFC artist Bruce Lawes, recently completed a major arwork depicting a chimpanzee, created specifically to support the Jane Goodall Institute. In this article, Bruce describes the creative process and how his lifelong conservation hero, Dr. Goodall herself contributed to the artwork's completion.
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AFC Artists and Royal Geographic Society Fundraiser for Wildlife
2017/10/07 - On October 12 through 15, Several AFC artists are lending support to a major conservation fundraiser. Participating AFC artists include: Stephane Alsac, Guy Combes, Carrie Cook, Gary Hodges, Kate Jenvey, Karen Lawrence-Rowe, Ann London, Clive Meredith, Jeremy Paul, Pollyanna Pickering, Craig Roberts, Geraldine Simmons, Su Shimeld, Jonathan Truss and Paula Weigmink. Following is the press release describing the event.
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Kathleen Sheard Sculpts for Sea Turtles
2017/09/30 - Wildlife Glass Artist, Kathleen Sheard, has undertaken the Cycle of Life: Sea Turtle Glass Sculpture – Environmental Art Education Project to raise awareness of and educate people to the dangers to sea turtles. The project includes an installation of over 60 kiln-formed glass pieces depicting life-size sea turtles and hatchlings along with elements that endanger them. The Cycle of Life is a collaboration between Kathleen Sheard and other glass and wood artists from across the US.
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Artists and Conservationists Mourn Passing of David Shepherd
2017/09/19 - With deep sadness we share with you the passing of fellow artist and conservationist, David Shepherd. An international champion of the conservation movement, and a legendary wildlife artist, David leaves a legacy of support for African wildlife. He also inspired hundreds of professional artists around the world to also take up the cause, through the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the annual DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Award. A Signature Member of AFC since 2004, David was also the first recipient of AFC's highest honour - the Simon Combes Conservation Award in 2006.
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Becci Crowe Elected to the Board of Directors of The Jane Goodall Institute
2017/09/11 - AFC member Becci Crowe will be joining a prestigious group traveling to Vienna, VA in October as a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). The Jane Goodall Institute was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall 40 years ago following her ground breaking years of research with Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park. Today, with Dr. Goodall at its helm, JGI has expanded into a global conservation organization inspiring people to conserve the natural world and improving the lives of people, animals and the environment.
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Mark Hobson to Receive AFC's Highest Honor
2017/08/31 - Vancouver, BC CANADA - Sept 1, 2017  - Internationally recognized Canadian artist Mark Hobson has been chosen to receive the Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.  AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement.  A strong advocate for preserving the wilderness he loves to paint, Mark has donated numerous paintings and much of his time to efforts to preserve natural environments.
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2017 AFC Exhibiting Artists and Award Winners
2017/08/25 - Vancouver, BC CANADA - August 26, 2017 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the exhibiting artists and award winners of the tenth annual AFC Exhibit to be held this fall in Vancouver, BC. The awards include five AFC Medals of Excellence, which recognizes at least five outstanding artworks in the exhibit, and an Environmental Statement Award. AFC has also created a new Best in Show Award this year, in recognition of the highest scoring artwork by the jury panel in the annual exhibit. Artists receiving the awards are as follows:
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AFC's 2017 Book Cover Revealed
2017/08/14 - Vancouver, BC CANADA - Aug 15, 2017 - Artists for Conservation is pleased to announce that American artist Jerry Ragg's painting "Dual Pursuit", depicting a pair of Orcas, has been selected for the cover of the 2017 Artists for Conservation exhibit book. The annual hardcover "coffee-table" book is published on sustainably forested paper, as a companion to the 10th annual AFC Exhibit, showing in Vancouver and North Vancouver, BC running November 9-13 with a special preview on October 21. The image will be on display in AFC's virtual online exhibit this fall.
AFC Touring Exhibit Heads South
2016/11/18 - Vancouver, BC., CANADA - November 17, 2016 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the opening of its touring exhibit at one of the most remarkable art/science institutions on the planet - the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) - a facility that uniquely combines a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium over 98 acres of desert habitat.
Bateman Returns as AFC Festival Patron
2016/08/21 - Robert Bateman, world-renowned nature artist is returning for a fourth time as Festival Patron of the Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain, in North Vancouver, BC. In support, he has created another new original painting for this year's event - a three-foot by four-foot oil painting on Canvas titled, "Feast - Vultures".
2016 AFC Award Winners and Exhibiting Artists
2016/07/11 - Vancouver, BC., CANADA – July 11, 2016 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is proud to announce the list of 2016 exhibiting artists accepted into the Artists for Conservation Exhibit - the world's top conservation-themed exhibit and sale, benefitting the conservation cause. This is AFC's 9th annual exhibit of members' artworks and fifth annual exhibit to open in Vancouver, BC. The exhibit officially opens on September 29, 2016, at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, BC.
Guy Coheleach to Receive AFC's Highest Honor
2016/07/10 - Vancouver, BC CANADA - July 10, 2016 - This September, internationally acclaimed artist Guy Coheleach will be recognized for his lifetime of conservation support, with Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.  AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement. 
2016/04/12 - A star studded private gala night on 18th April will kick off this week long exhibition in the heart of London, just up the road from Buckingham Palace. Gary Hodges AFC has deliberately kept back a few of his rare sold-out editions for...
2013/11/16 - Jamaica-born, world-famous marine wildlife artist, oceanographer and film-maker, Dr Guy Harvey, is one of the notable Caribbean Americans to be honoured at the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Award Gala to be held on...
2013/11/16 - The Isle of Man Photographic Society was delighted to welcome Dr Jeremy Paul, a regular visitor to the society and a very popular speaker, as was proved by a large and enthusiastic audience. Dr. Paul is a world-class wildlife artist, a...
2013/11/05 - AFC Signature Member, Dr. Guy Harvey, was honored in October with the Florida House on Capitol Hill’s 2013 Distinguished Artist Award. This award is presented annually to an artist who has created work reflecting...
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