A group exhibition for IUCN red listed species on the Cape coast, Garden Route and Karoo, in South Africa.

10-30 November 2018
Knysna Art Gallery, Old Gaol, Cnr Main & Queen Streets, Knysna, South Africa

Artists: Annie le Roux | Chris Lochner | Helena Joubert |  Ingrid Nuss | Jane Pitchford | Janet Botes | Jurgens Walt | Madelein Marincowitz

+ selected work by:  Gwendolyn Meyer | Ingrid Coerlin | Nico Voges |  Quentin Horn

Inspired and in support of REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR LOST SPECIES, which happens on NOVEMBER 30TH every year.

“People explore the stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures, lifeways, and ecological communities. Whilst emphasising that these losses are rooted in violent and discriminatory governing practices, the day provides an opportunity for participants to make or renew commitments to all who remain, and to develop creative and practical solutions.

Remembrance Day for Lost Species honours diverse experiences and practices associated with enduring and witnessing the loss of cultural and biological diversity. Participate in any way you choose – the annual theme can provide inspiration. Previous events have taken many forms including art projects, processions, tree planting, rituals and more.”


Some local (South African) species that we’re looking at for our art, workshops and talks for VERGE include:

  • Zostera capensis (eel grass) – vulnerable on the IUCN red list
  • Brenton Blue Butterfly – Endangered (and specialised – need a specific plant and ant species to complete its life cycle)
  • Humpback dolphin – Endangered
  • Knysna seahorse – Endangered
  • Estuarine pipefish – critically endangered
  • Riverine rabbit – critically endangered
  • Siphonaria compressa (limpet) – critically endangered
  • White Steenbras – endangered
  • Knysna leaf-folding frog – endangered
  • Geometric tortoise – critically endangered
  • Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) – vulnerable

Thank you to Louw from Knysna Basin Project for her huge help with the list!!