Suffolk Show 1-2nd June
Royal Highland Show 23-26th June
Bakewell Show 3-4th August
Keythorpe Christmas Fair 11-12th Oct
Newbury Christmas Fair 10-13th November
Wantisden Vallery Christmas Fair 20th November
It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to meet my customers customers in person, so do please come along and find me I love meeting and chatting with you all!
Feature in LandLove Magazine and Outlaw Kritters Article, March/April 2016
I was so exited to be approached by LandLove magazine to have a feature in their magazine. I was able to advertise my pet portrait commissions by running a competition to win a free A3 pet portrait.
In other news, I’ve also been asked to do an interview for the website Outlaw Kritters. They asked me lots of unique questions and were thrilled to allow me to list all the chairites that I’ve worked with and display some of my fundraising prints. Great to speak with like minded people who want to help save our planet’s species! You can read the article here: http://outlawkritters.com/blogs/news/102106502-wildlife-painter-tori-ratcliffe-paints-to-save-the-planet
Edinburgh Arts, Fine Art Publishers and Picture Framers, January 2016
Thrilled to have been taken on by an art agency within weeks of moving to Edinburgh. Edinburgh Arts are a brilliant down to earth family run publishing company who are including 8 of my paintings in an artist catalogue which will be sent out to over 100 galleries across the country. I had to tailor my art towards scottish wildlife and agricultural animals- stags, puffins, highland cows etc. This is great as I have booked in quite a few agricultural fairs this year in order to sell my artwork, including the Royal Highland Show in Scotland so hopefully my new paintings will go down a treat there!
‘The Art of Helping Rhinos’ exhibition, London, Oct 2015
My year long project with Helping Rhinos culminated in October 2015 with a one night private view exhibition in Cornflake’s award winning showroom in the West End of London. The event, entitled ‘The Art of Helping Rhinos’, was hosted by wildlife TV presenter Nigel Marvin, who gave a fantastic presentation about his own personal experiences with rhinos. The founder and chairman of the charity, Simon Jones , also gave a presentation about the charity’s work, explaining where the money raised would be going, and bringing a real sense of hope and optimism to the future of these animals. The collaboration so far has raised £4471, of which £2,271 was from sales of my artwork and prints created for the Helping Rhinos collection. Nigel Marvin actually ended up purchasing one of my paintings he’d seen on the night – the blue rhino which you can see behind him in one of the photos.
David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ Competition, 2015
I was thrilled when I received a letter informing me that my turtle painting had been selected to hang at the prestigious Mall Galleries in Pall Mall, London, for the David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ competition last June. It is an international competition, and from over 1,000 entries only 150 are selected to hang. So you can imagine how excited I was! The piece, entitled ‘Respect Your Elders’ was intended to draw attention to our endangered turtles who are so ignored by many when in fact they have been around for over 200 million years which is a lot longer than we human’s have been here!
The painting sold on the night and I was lucky enough to be introduced to the buyers in person which was a great experience. I even ended up selling a print of the piece to another couple who missed out on purchasing the original. All artwork in the exhibition sells with a 50% donation to David Shepherd’s various conservation charities. Since it began in 2007, Wildlife artist of the Year has raised over £150,000 for conservation.
Solo Exhibition at the Corner Gallery in Carshalton, Greater London, 2015
As a result of becoming one of the Talent House competition winners, I was approached by the Corner Gallery to have a solo exhibition. What a thrilling but equally terrifying experience! I created about 12 original pieces and then framed a large selection of prints. It was an exciting career landmark and a very big learning experience.
St Mungos Broadway – Help For Homeless ‘Blind Auction’ fundraiser.
I was asked to donate a painting for a charity art auction which was raising money for St Mungos in London to fund the wonderful work they do helping the homeless with shelter and education. The theme was “putting down the roots” so my interpretation of the word “roots” was in relation to families. As a result, I did a painting of a Scottish Wildcat with her kitten. The idea was that the auction was anonymous, there was a mix of artists (some super big names in there as well as regular artists like myself), famous names like the head of google, and also some art from homeless people who the charity worked with thrown into the mix. The fun was that you didn’t know how much the artwork was actually worth! After a feature in some London magazines I’ve a feeling word snuck out about the big names as the bidding on a few suddenly shot up… I was thrilled mine went for nearly £300!! I never found out who took the painting sadly!