Richard Tippett, founder
It's been a couple of crazy years for us all and it's meant making some big changes. It's easy to feel depressed and defeated by the state of the world - the IPCC report, Australia's shocking species extinction rate, and governmental changes over responsibilities for the environment... but there's no joy in feeling overwhelmed. You're better off doing something to make a difference. We all admire people that get stuck into it, and we want to do our bit too.
Setting up The Big Picture Collective is my contribution to raise both awareness and money to help save threatened native species.
The vision is pretty simple, I’ve commissioned my artist friend, Julie Paterson, to paint portraits of species at risk. We produce small limited-edition runs of these artworks and sell them to people who care about preserving these amazing creatures. We aim to sell out each edition to support community groups to help fund their conservation work. Our website will amplify their message and tell their stories. It will make more people aware of what's at stake and what's being done, and how they can get involved.
We have faith in the power of art to draw our attention to what matters. Julie's paintings are a way to make people feel something, to really connect with these species that we are at risk of losing.
By spreading the word or buying a print, you will be helping to make a difference.
People mostly know me as a printmaker and textile designer for my fabric company, ClothFabric, which has been going strong for more than 25 years now. I'm sure I've been painting and drawing Australian plants and landscapes and animals for just as long. It's something I have always done to relax, almost as a meditation - but with our shameful national conservation record, there's a sense of purpose in it for me too.
I live in New South Wales' Blue Mountains, which is a real privilege, but it's also a front-row seat to witnessing the degradation of habitat for native species. When the Black Summer fires raged through the World Heritage Area, burning 80% of it, it honestly felt like the end of the world.
I remember the shock when I first heard the estimate that three billion animals died. I think all Australians felt that grief. The climate emergency is wreaking havoc on our biodiversity, and in the wake of the Black Summer, I want to do what I can to support more action to turn that around.
Joining forces with The Big Picture Collective, I am painting vulnerable and endangered species to help fund conservation projects and generate more awareness about these creatures at risk.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work.
We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.