Kiki Smith. (Title TBC). 100x200cm. Hand-knotted, hand-dyed wool. TOMORROW’S TIGERS 2018. Courtesy the Artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery London/NY. Image © Dan Fontanelli. low-res

Kiki Smith, detail of rug, courtesy the Artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery London/NY, image credit: Dan Fontanelli.

Tomorrow's Tigers

'We can't let tigers become the stuff of myth and fairy tale. These majestic animals must remain to remind us of the magic inherent in reality.' - Gary Hume, 2018


Tomorrow’s Tigers is a project devised and curated by Artwise for WWF that aims to raise awareness and funds in support of the TX2 goal – a global commitment to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. At the beginning of the 20th century, experts suggest there might have been as many as 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, the global population has shockingly shrunk by over 95%, with approximately 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild – the devastating legacy of threats include rampant poaching and habitat loss.

Tomorrow’s Tigers is a major new fundraising project that features specially commissioned, limited edition art rugs by 11 internationally renowned artists. The goal is to generate £1 million from the sale of these highly collectable art rugs to support TX2 through ambitious and innovative conservation plans that aim to turn back the tragic decline of tigers in the wild.

Taking inspiration from the fabled Tibetan tiger rug, as well as the splendour of tigers in the wild, each artist has been invited to create a unique art rug design, interpreted by rug-specialists, Christopher Farr, and their team of master craftsmen using a range of traditional techniques.

Artists:
Francesco Clemente, Ellen Gallagher, Reena Saini Kallat, Maya Lin, Raqib Shaw, Rose Wylie, Bernard Frize, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Harland Miller, Kiki Smith

The art rugs will be available to view from January 2019 and with only 10 editions of each design being produced, we anticipate the rugs will be highly sought after. For expressions of interest to purchase them or to find out more about the project please contact laura@artwisecurators.com.

All of the artworks will be on show alongside 11 antique Tibetan tiger rugs at Sotheby’s, London from 29 Jan – 4 Feb 2019.

Visit the project website for more information, news and updates.

 

Tomorrow's Tigers images

  • Gary Hume, 'Water Tiger', 2018, courtesy the Artist, Spreuth Magers London and Matthew Marks Gallery NY, image credit: Dan Fontanelli. Rose Wylie, 'Tiger Tiger', 2018, courtesy the Artist, David Zwirner NY and CHOI&LAGER Cologne/Seoul, image credit: Dan Fontanelli.

    Gary Hume, 'Water Tiger', 2018, courtesy the Artist, Spreuth Magers London and Matthew Marks Gallery NY, image credit: Dan Fontanelli. Rose Wylie, 'Tiger Tiger', 2018, courtesy the Artist, David Zwirner NY and CHOI&LAGER Cologne/Seoul, image credit: Dan Fontanelli.

  • Clockwise from left: Gary Hume, detail of 'Water Tiger', 2018, image credit: Dan Fontanelli. Maya Lin, detail of rug, 2018, image credit: Christopher Farr. Raqib Shaw, detail of 'Ode to the Tigers of Bandhavgarh', 2018, image credit: Christopher Farr. Rose Wylie, detail of 'Tiger Tiger', 2018, image credit: Dan Fontanelli.

    Clockwise from left: Gary Hume, detail of 'Water Tiger', 2018, image credit: Dan Fontanelli. Maya Lin, detail of rug, 2018, image credit: Christopher Farr. Raqib Shaw, detail of 'Ode to the Tigers of Bandhavgarh', 2018, image credit: Christopher Farr. Rose Wylie, detail of 'Tiger Tiger', 2018, image credit: Dan Fontanelli.

  • Each of our artist's specially commissioned limited edition designs have been fabricated by hand and using a range of traditional techniques by rug specialists, Christopher Farr and their team of master craftsmen in the hills of Northern India. Image credits: Christopher Farr.

    Each of our artist's specially commissioned limited edition designs have been fabricated by hand and using a range of traditional techniques by rug specialists, Christopher Farr and their team of master craftsmen in the hills of Northern India. Image credits: Christopher Farr.