For over two hundred years tigers and Sussex have had a connection. From the one time Felpham resident, William Blake, who immortalised it in the now famous line ‘tyger tyger burning bright’, to Winnie the Pooh, resident of Ashdown Forest whose friend ‘Tigger’ was first illustrated in the 1928 A A Milne classic and later given comic creation by Walt Disney as Tigger bounced on his tail. Today that connection continues as a West Sussex resident, Michael Vickers, has been campaigning to save the tiger by capturing images of these magnificent inspirational animals. His photographs can be seen in the new temporary exhibition ‘Tiger Tiger’ at Horsham Museum’s small photographic gallery.
“In 2000, after having read an article in a magazine regarding a safari to India, my wife Annie and I travelled to the tiger reserve ‘Bandhavgarh’, where we saw our first wild tiger” Said Michael, “I have been fortunate enough to visit several Indian national parks, enabling me now to recognize a small number of ‘tiger’ families”.
The exhibition at Horsham District Council’s Museum & Art Gallery is an opportunity to see not only fantastic wildlife photography, but also to look closely at these animals whose playful and hunting nature is mimicked by the domestic moggy (possibly one of the many reasons why people’s hearts are captured by these wild creatures).
The Museum is delighted to offer Michael space to exhibit. In addition to creating a superb exhibition Michael explained: “I am donating all net profits from the sale of my photographs to the charity ‘Tiger Awareness’ – a small registered UK charity based in Leicester and founded by Philip Davis. Philip, like myself, is totally dedicated to saving wild tiger populations and in this connection he works tirelessly at ground level – both in the UK and India”.
Information on the charity will be available at the museum. Should you wish to contact Michael regarding tiger conservation or a visit to the tiger reserves of India his website is: https://www.tigersintheforest.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Michael Vickers at the museum this Saturday (9 December) between 11am and 1 pm to discuss his work and his photographs. Admission is free.
‘Tiger Tiger’ opened on Wednesday 29 November and runs over the Christmas period until Saturday 3 February 2018. Organisers are inviting the public to: “Come along and bathe in the warm glow of Indian sunshine. A must for animal lovers this Christmas and the opportunity to purchase a special gift while supporting tiger conservation.”
For more information, please visit: www.horshammuseum.org.