Artist Jane Lee McCracken constructs intricate multi-layered Biro drawings, sculptures, installations and designs products.  Her work explores loss to both humans and animals generated by human destruction and is representational of both life's beauty and brutal reality. She is also the Founder and CEO of Drawing for the Planet global art, environmental education and conservation charity.

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Where Did All the Animals Go? Exhibition at Great North Museum: Hancock

Art and Environmental Education Project

Where did all the Animals Go? 2021 by Jane Lee McCracken exhibits in the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, printed vinyls of original Biro drawings by over 600 children from North East and international schools, who participated in Jane’s workshops.

These drawings portray some of the world’s most vulnerable species, many of which face extinction. This exhibition provides an opportunity to form connections with each species, through the creative response of a generation of young people. Founded in 2019, in partnership with international wildlife charity Born Free, and working with dynamic teams of educators and conservationists from England, Kenya, California, Guyana and Malaysia, Jane’s Where did all the Animals Go? Project aims to encourage the growth of collective responsibility towards wildlife conservation and welfare while giving children, communities and wildlife both locally and globally, a voice. Find out more about the project here.

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Khan

New Artwork at Great North Museum: Hancock

Created for 'Where Did All the Animals Go?' exhibition at Great North Museum: Hancock, 'Khan' highlights the plight of one of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth, the vulnerable snow leopard, known locally as the ‘Ghost of the Mountains’. The drawing depicts historic events and waning cultures, through the eyes of these big cats. Over thousands of years, from high on the mountains, snow leopards have witnessed the rise of Ghengis Khan and the Mongol Empire, Nepalese villagers driving caravans of yak across the Himalayas and the extermination of Mongolian wolves during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. To this day, snow leopards are hunted for their fur, and face increasing pressures from human encroachment on their habitat. This artwork explores the region where the snow leopard is Khan.

Making Paradise Exhibition

Making Paradise | Aga Khan Centre Gallery 29 April – 30 September 2021

Jane has created a new artwork that comprises a diptych of ceramic tiles featuring her blue Biro drawings Dear Nightingale and Dear Hoopoe for a major new group exhibition Making Paradise Exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Design at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery, London: This multi-sensory exhibition, Making Paradise, aims to evoke a sense of delight and wonder around the concept of Paradise. The exhibition invites us to be inspired by the visual interpretations of Paradise made by artists from across the world.

Dear Hoopoe and Dear Nightingale ceramic tiles are now available from Jane's online shop here.

Chimpanzee Community Mural

New artwork at BALTIC

Chimpanzee Community (2020) by Jane Lee McCracken exhibits original Biro drawings by 120 children from Gateshead. Created during workshops at BALTIC in 2020 this mural is inspired by artworks exhibited in BALTIC's 2019/20 exhibition, Animalesque/Art Across Species and Beings and the chimpanzees of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue. This artwork is part of Jane's Where Did All the Animals Go? international art and environmental education project in partnership with Born Free. The mural is currently on display in BALTIC Learning Lounge. Read more about the artwork here.

Chimpanzee Community Mural Video

WORKSHOPS

Since 2012 Jane  has delivered Biro drawing workshops to hundreds of people of all ages across the North East and beyond. Her workshops are both educational and creative, and emphasise the fact that "everyone can draw". More further information visit janeleemccracken.co.uk/blogs/workshops

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Product Reviews

Mummy Bear Mug

I am a big fan of Jane's beautiful drawings and, as a mother bear myself, I saw this mug and decided it had to be mine. Everything about this mug works. It is a lovely big size but because of the quality of the china it still feels delicate. I use this mug EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Vicki Cracknell

Newcastle/Sunderland T-shirts

I received my T-shirts and I love them. The senses were taken back from the eyes and the smell I have not had a T- shirt smell so nice. Also the cotton is beautifully soft!

Scott Berkefeld, Melbourne

Butterfly Lover Mug

The mug is beautiful and the drawing superb. I love having my coffees in it! *****

M Bruce

Butterfly Lover and Our Forefathers Mugs

I knew that your mugs would be beautiful but they have exceeded my expectations! I am beyond happy with my with my purchase! I know that many, many people have praised your work and I'd like to let you know that I am one of them, your talent is stunning. I will be a future customer for sure!

Donna Morgese

Stockists and Corporate Partnerships

Stockists of Jane Lee McCracken products include Wolf & BadgerThe New English and the National Glass Centre. Corporate partnerships include Born Free Foundation, Newcastle United Foundation and Foundation of Light