Art Safari founder Mary-Anne Bartlett talks about the wealth of artistic inspiration in the wildlife of Malawi & Zambia, showing paintings and images from 20 yrs of running painting holidays in these two countries. She talks about the connection between art, observation, conservation and about how birding made her more aware of the detail and magic of the African bush.

She recounts the recent success story of African Parks in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, with translocation of elephant and re-introduction of lion, cheetah and other animals. Liwonde is a gem of a park with diverse habitats and beautiful Rift Valley scenery. Being a home and a migration corridor for nearly 400 bird species, Liwonde borders the Shire River. Exploring is in the blood, Mary-Anne’s connections with this part of the world go back to Livingstone’s days, her ancestor accompanied the explorer on the 6 yr Zambezi expedition. Within a day’s drive is Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park which offers a contrasting outstanding wildlife area – a dry valley with a meandering river that supports thousands of animals and a high density of predators.

She shares insights into the challenges of sketching wildlife and tutoring tours in South Luangwa and the magic of being there long enough to watch the seasons, sounds and birdscapes change.

Date(s) - 16/08/2019
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Merlin Lecture Theatre