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Sussex artist uses his talent to raise funds for IAR

Nature-loving artist Andrew Fitchett from Lewes in Sussex is using his talent to support IAR. He is allowing us to put some of his original paintings up for sale on our stand at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water next week. Andrew is giving a massive 40% of the proceeds to IAR to support our work rescuing and rehabilitating birds and animals.

Andrew works mainly with oil on canvas or linen, exploring 'the contemporary reality of our relationships with nature and vice-versa.' He is fascinated by the many ways in which the human and natural world interlink. Birds are often at the centre of his work and this makes his paintings particularly relevant to International Animal Rescue. The charity campaigns in Malta to end the illegal shooting of migratory birds and other protected species and recently donated a high speed patrol boat to the Maltese police to help them catch illegal hunters who shoot birds from the sea.

Says Andrew: "I'm delighted to support the work of a charity which gets to the root causes of some of the most pressing environmental concerns today - issues that, like the noticeable decline in song birds in our gardens, are partly caused by the shooting for pleasure of song birds in Malta and other continental countries - something which IAR is addressing in a very ’hands on’ way."

Several of Andrew's unique paintings will be on show and are guaranteed to appeal to the thousands of birdlovers who attend the Fair each year. International Animal Rescue will also be displaying a series of four new exhibition stands, one of which is devoted to the Malta campaign.

Carrie Colliss, IAR Fundraising Director says: "We were completely spoilt for choice when selecting the paintings to take to the Birdfair. All Andrew’s work is beautifully executed and very atmospheric - I've no doubt that they will go down well with visitors to the Birdfair. We’re very grateful to Andrew for his generosity in supporting us in this way."

To view Andrew Fitchett's work at the Birdfair on 19th - 21st August, visit Marquee 4, stands 54/55.