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Charity Event: Galápagos Wild Life Drawing

A couple of weeks ago we were humbled to be welcoming the Galápagos Conservation Trust to our new store on Hackney Road. We collaborated with our friends Wild Life Drawing to bring a special Galápagos charity edition of a drawing workshop to a select group of handpicked illustrators: Alice Bowsher, Joseph Gamble, Elliot Kruszynski, Ellie Foreman-Peck, Charlotte Trounce, Isabel Greenberg, Jennie Webber, Eleanor Taylor, Clara Lacy and Lucille Clerc.

The illustrators took the opportunity to draw an iguana, tortoise, snake and gecko - these specific reptiles as they are all cousins of the creatures that live on the Galápagos, the province of Ecuador that lies about 1,000km off its coast.  The original drawings of the animals will be sold via our store, with 100% of the money from sales going directly to the Galápagos Conservation Trust.

We’re donating to this specific charity as we hold the trust very dear, being monthly donors already. We are generating additional funds as our physical shop has just opened, the design of which has been inspired by the Islands. Spreading awareness of the Islands has become an integral part of our store's role – so hosting this event was the most natural thing for us to organise. We felt compelled to factor the Galápagos into our store's ethos, as it has historical significance in the study of natural history – this isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem taking on a unique status as a showcase of biodiversity. The archipelago’s secluded terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else on earth, such as the marine iguana. It was the place Charles Darwin famously visited in 1835, with his observations of Galápagos' species later inspiring his seminal theory of evolution.

The Galápagos Conservation Trust works to raise awareness of these enchanted islands, and to help conserve this natural wonder, ensuring they are preserved for future generations to enjoy. It is the only UK charity working solely for the conservation of the archipelago. 

All original drawings created at this charity event will be available exclusively in our bricks and mortar shop this Saturday 1st April.

Learn more about Wild Life Drawing.
Learn more about the Galápagos Conservation Trust.
Photography: Spencer Wilton

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