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Emily Lamb was our inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’ staying at Angama Mara in April 2019. During this time, she dedicated her work to the preservation of the wildlife and communities within the Maasai Mara ecosystem by supporting the Angama Foundation
“My heart beats fastest and hardest when I’m in the wildest of spaces, with the wildest people and with the wildest animals. And I want to fight for that freedom. For myself and for the lungs of our planet,” says Emily.
At the beginning of the year, Emily embarked on a new campaign to commit 30 minutes each day to produce an artwork of an endangered species. Each painting – or sketch as she calls them – is then sold for 100 pounds, and 100% of the proceeds goes to supporting projects dedicated to conservation work. To date, she has produced over 100 sketches and each has sold Facebook and Instagram in under five minutes. Her mission has inspired many other artists follow suit and there is currently a trend across social media of talented people setting aside time in their days for the benefit of wildlife.
Emily is from the UK, and has spent half of her adult life in Africa. She was invited to Angama Mara with the idea of collaborating as artists and photographers working for wildlife conservation in the Maasai Mara. Emily’s main focus in her career is to use her skills to draw attention towards the protection of wild spaces under threat. By working alongside community, government and fundraising efforts, she believes the arts and sciences have an important role to play in supporting the dwindling wilderness we see today.
She painted 17 pieces while at Angama Mara, selling them online to raise over US$12,000 for the Angama Foundation over 10 days.
“Wherever there are passionate people playing a role to understand the environment and take responsibility, I will endeavour to support those humans in their work. The Maasai lands have an ancient heartbeat and connection to the earth I yearn to see and feel myself, and through painting it is my modest exchange to share the space provided by Kenyan people and wildlife and Angama,” adds Emily.
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