Welcome to the Artists for Nature Foundation
Established in 1990 Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) is a unique organisation that uses the creative output of artists producing paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, inspired and mostly created on location by renowned and talented artists from all over the world as a medium to draw attention to the need for nature to be appreciated as an essential element of sustainable development.
ANF is a small and flexible organisation that cooperates closely with internationally recognised organisations and NGO's like World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Crossbill Foundation, the Wildlife Trusts in the UK, Birdlife International and others. With the headoffice based in the Netherlands, ANF has branches in several countries around the globe.
ANF acts as a catalyst for nature conservation and is not itself a formal nature conservation organisation. It draws the attention of policy-formulators and decision-makers to the natural world by enabling groups of influential and talented artists to capture the spirit of endangered landscapes and species in their natural habitat. Professionally mounted exhibitions of their artworks, DVD's and books that tell the story of each project and place have become collector's items show and tell the stories of the specific project. All the paintings, drawings, original prints and sculptures - as well as the project books are for sale. Please see the ANF webshop.
Over time the many publications and exhibitions of the artwork have contributed significantly to the efforts of biologists, ecologists, planners, politicians and many others, charged with protecting the natural world. ANF is proud of its 12 succesful projects on 4 continents involving over 130 artists that it has planned, facilitated, raised funds for, project managed and completed with great success - and to great acclaim.
ANF's work is endorsed by former world leaders like former US President Jimmy Carter and royal family members as Queen Noor of Jordan, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Prince Philip of the UK and the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.
Founder of ANF
"Artists for Nature Foundation has recognized that artists can make a significant contribution to the conservation of nature by conveying the feeling and atmosphere of a scene in a way that is quite unique….an eloquent testimony to the concern of artists for the future of the natural world"
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh President Emeritus of World Wide Fund for Nature
"Nature is not only a matter of numbers and facts, but also a matter of the heart…
Artists are often able to give shape to this love and to make it visible and comprehensible to others"
HRH the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
"Art for the love of Sark, the Jubilee year project for the Artists for Nature Foundation has had a hugely positive effect on the Islanders. The school children in particular gained so much through their work with the visiting ANF artists. Nature education and conservation now play a regular part in their schooling. Sark also continues to gain much positive publicity through the project book and film."
Michael Beaumont OBE Seigneur of Sark