TOMORROW'S TIGERS: WWF-UK, 2019-2022
'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 major new fundraising project that we have devised and curated for WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Featuring specially commissioned, limited edition art rugs by 10 internationally renowned artists, the project 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. This is in response to the plight of the wild tiger, whose numbers have shrunk by a shocking 95% over the past century.
Taking inspiration from the fabled Tibetan tiger rug, as well as the splendour of tigers in the wild, we invited each artist to create a unique art rug design, which were then fabricated by rug specialists Christopher Farr and their team of master craftsmen in India using traditional techniques. Each rug is handmade, sold to an edition of 10 and available to buy online through the WWF shop.
The project launched at Sotheby's, London in January 2019 and is planned to tour internationally up until 2022.
From October to December 2019, the 10 contemporary rugs will be on show in the Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Art London.
Francesco Clemente Reena Saini Kallat
Maya Lin Raqib Shaw
Rose Wylie Bernard Frize
Gary Hume Anish Kapoor
Harland Miller Kiki Smith
Devised and curated by Artwise
Commissioned by WWF
In Partnership with Christopher Farr, Sotheby's, Royal Academy Editions, Academicians Room at the Keeper's House Royal Academy of Arts London
Supported by 01 Art Services, Dan Fontanelli, Janie Lightfoot Textiles LLP and Thermo Lignum
To date the project has raised over £600,000 for Tx2
Francesco Clemente, Map of What is Effortless, 2018-2019
Bernard Frize, What the Tiger Says: Bengali: gorgon, Finnish: grrrrrr, Thai: ai hhoun houn. For how many times?, 2018-2019
Gary Hume, Water Tiger, 2018-2019
Reena Saini Kallat, Ruled Paper (red, blue, white), 2018-2019
Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2018-2019
Maya Lin, With the Weight of Each Step, 2018-2019
Harland Miller, If, 2018-2019
Raqib Shaw, Ode to the Tigers of Bandhavgarh, 2018-2019
Rose Wylie, Tiger, Tiger, 2018-2019
Kiki Smith, Pounce, 2018-2019
Press release for the Tomorrow's Tigers exhibition at Sotheby's, London, 2019.