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Conservation Fundraiser and Exhibition to Help Endangered African Elephants

Posted: 5th March 2018

‘How Many Elephants’ is a unique and innovative campaign and exhibition to raise awareness of the need to conserve the rapidly declining number of African elephants in the wild.  The exhibition is currently open at White Space Alresford, located at The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford and has been created by passionate conservationist, expedition leader, world record adventurer and artist Holly Budge, and will run until 25th March.

Holly has also organised a Spring Emporium at the venue from 15th March until 17th March, to help raise further funds for The Black Mambas, the first all female front line anti poaching team in South Africa. Holly will be training with them this May and making a documentary about their incredible work.  Admission to The Spring Emporium and the Exhibition is FREE.  This event will be within the How Many Elephants Exhibition, with stalls selling beautiful locally produced hand crafted and artisan products including:

- Beautiful hand-crafted jewellery, proudly made in England by Davina Robins, with bespoke and hire options also.

- Unique luxury scarves, in cashmere and silk, ponchos and gloves from Cleverly Wrapped.

- Beautifully designed gifts and accessories in ceramic, fabric, glass, metal, paper and wood from Blue Bowl

- Winchester Fine Chocolate - fresh, handmade, award winning artisan chocolate.

- Sorrel and Sage, the Alresford based cookery workshops company will be represented by Sue Kelsey at the event.

- Contemporary handcrafted design-led tableware and accessories from Feather Edge.

- Plus Holly Budge will be selling her own design of How Many Elephants luxury stationary.

Holly Budge commented:

“The exhibition will not only be a spectacular backdrop to the Spring Emporium fund raising event, it will also be a real conversation point and hopefully draw in more support for elephant conservation. 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory and it is a frightening prospect to think of a world where, in just seven years from now, there could be no elephants left in the wild unless we stop the poaching.”

Holly has turned these disheartening statistics into a powerful art installation that presents a physical commentary on the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade, to raise awareness and funds to support anti-poaching projects and she said:

“Part of the originality of this exhibition is in my approach to avoid gruesome and shocking imagery to portray the facts.  To actually see this data visually is very impactful and will hopefully raise awareness of the enormity of the poaching crisis,”

Over 1000 school children have visited the exhibition for workshops with Holly.

The exhibition will travel to international cities over the next 12 months including Cape Town, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

To date Holly has helped to raise over £300,000 for various charities.

The Spring Emporium, in aid of the ‘How Many Elephants’ campaign and The Black Mambas project, will be open on the following dates at White Space Alresford in The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford SO24 9BQ from:
March 15/16/17th 10-5pm. With late night & bubbles on March 15th, 6-8pm