Eight-year-old Nelly Craven, who pledged to draw 100 animal drawings over 100 days in aid of Durrell, may be the youngest person to ever have a solo exhibition at the Berni Gallery at Jersey Arts Centre. From Monday 14th December to Saturday 9th January, members of the public are invited to The Nelly Draws for Durrell Art Exhibition, where they will have the opportunity to purchase the original animal drawings, as well as prints and postcards, with all proceeds going to Durrell.
In 2020, Durrell reached out for people to support their ‘Love Your Zoo’ appeal as the effects of COVID-19 devastated income at their Jersey Zoo headquarters. As a charity, Durrell relies entirely on support from members, visitors, and donors to look after the animals at the zoo and to continue their vital work to protect precious wildlife and ecosystems.
In support of the zoo’s appeal, Nelly turned her passion for drawing into a fundraising challenge and set up her own JustGiving page, Nelly Draws 4 Durrell, which has raised an astonishing £3,000.
Beth Gallichan, Fundraising Manager at Durrell, said, “Nelly has been a leading light in supporting our Love Your Zoo campaign. Her tenacity, creativity and dedication have proved that whatever your age, you can make a difference. This exhibition is so heart-warming and inspirational,” Beth added. “It provides a unique opportunity to see all the incredible animal drawings together, and I hope islanders will visit and share in the festive spirit during these unusual times. We are very grateful to the team at Jersey Arts Centre for their commitment to Nelly’s show.”
In partnership with Jersey Arts Centre’s festive production of My Family and Other Animals, the exhibition celebrates Nelly’s artistic talent and dedication to her fundraising for Durrell. There will also be a display of local primary school children’s wishes for the world, created as part of Jersey Arts Centre’s workshops on theatre, storytelling, conservation and ecology.