CHIMPANZEE COMMUNITY MURAL
Chimpanzee Community (2020) by Jane Lee McCracken exhibits original Biro drawings by 120 children from Gateshead. Encouraged by the artist, these drawings document chimpanzees as the closest living relative to humans. 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:
BIRO DRAWING WORKSHOP
Learn to draw in Biro! Biro Drawing Workshop video was made by Jane as a free resource and features her drawing tips and inspirational wildlife footage courtesy of Born Free:
A short film about Where Did All the Animals Go? project including the partnership with Born Free, workshops and exhibition. This film was produced by filmmaker Jess Kirton and Jane and includes video footage courtesy of Born Free:
EXHIBITION CATALOGUE 2019
In order to ensure that every participating child and adult drawings were displayed at the exhibition, Jane produced Exhibition Catalogue video that was shown on a showreel at Thought Foundation during the exhibition.
The purpose of the showreel was also to bring the drawings to life on a large scale, further highlighting the enormity of the extinction crisis and ensuring visitors were made aware of the diversity of species in peril including species many ingrained in the human psyche from childhood such as lions, elephants, giraffes, and tigers:
CHRISTINE EGAN-FOWLER INTERVIEW
Alongside Exhibition Video which was shown on a small screen during the exhibition, Christine Egan-Fowler, Artist Teacher RGS recorded a video discussing art in schools.
Christine talks eloquently about the need for art in schools, and explains what society stands to lose if art continues to feature less in the school curriculum:
ENDANGERED SPECIES CONFERENCE
Chinese filmmakers from Cultural Life News reported from the Endangered Species Conference. The video includes interviews with Jane, Will Travers OBE and PC Peter Baker as well as participating children: