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28 Clarence Street

Devonport, Auckland 0624

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Bevan Smith is an emerging artist with a passion for conversation and animal welfare. He specialises in graphite pencil drawings and his exhibition Saving Our Species: New Zealand birds highlights the desperate situation for native birds due to pests. Bevan will be providing an easy step by step tutorial on drawing birds by showcasing his amazing drawing skills! Bevan will discuss his drawings and provide facts about the endangered birds and their predators.

About Saving our Species

Emerging artist Bevan Smith returns to the Depot after his successful exhibition Animal Portraits in March 2016, with an exceptional new series of life-like graphite pencil drawings of lesser-known endangered New Zealand birds.

Saving Our Species is Smith’s singular effort to provide a visual education for a serious conservation issue, by shining the spotlight on New Zealand’s less iconic birds facing the threat of extinction.

Smith’s timely exhibition addresses the desperate situation for New Zealand native birds, due to the introduction of pests. Saving Our Species will also include visual interpretations of extinct birds, inviting the audience to contemplate the possibility of a native bird-less Aotearoa.

Saving Our Species opens on Saturday 2 December, 2:00pm at Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport.

The exhibition runs from 2 December – 20 December 2017 and is kindly supported by Forest and Bird. Formed in 1923, Forest and Bird was originally established to protect our native forests and birds, our role has been extended in recent years to include protection of all native species and wild places – on land and in our oceans, lakes and rivers.

About Bevan Smith

“My love of animals and art dates back to my early childhood with frequent visits to the zoo where I would sketch a variety of zoo animals. This affection for both subjects has only strengthened through trips to South Africa and Borneo where I would continue to observe and capture animals on paper. I completed my degree in Applied Science: Animal Welfare and Management in 2016 and it sparked in me an interest in conservation. I specialise in graphite pencil drawings as I find it an effective medium for demonstrating great detail. Pencil is especially good for subject matter where there is little detail on the background and an obvious focus on the subject”.

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