2021 Comments Book

Image courtesy of Mortimer Primary


During the first two weeks of July, Jane met with teachers and children from seven of the participating North East schools, to show them round the Where Did All the Animals Go? 2021 exhibition at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne. For many, this was the first school trip since lockdown 2020 and for some their first experience of an art exhibition.

Each child had at least one drawing featured in the exhibition and children were elated to see their own artwork and drawings by children from across the globe on display. They also enjoyed viewing the museum’s renown exhibits. St Mary Magdalen Primary joined Jane in the museum via Zoom to see their drawings on display virtually. 

Image courtesy of Corbridge Middle school


The following comments were written by children whose drawings are displayed in the Where Did All the Animals Go? 2021 exhibition:

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Jane Lee McCracken, Artist and Where Did All the Animals Go? Founder, said:

“Through drawing, education and the opportunity of self-expression, I hope to generate individual compassion towards animals and the environment while encouraging collective responsibility to further cherish and conserve the planet’s remaining wildlife for future generations: if we care we want to conserve.” 

Charlie Baker, Born Free Education Officer, said:

“Born Free are thrilled to be partnered with the Where Did All The Animals Go? project. It is so exciting to have seen how engaged children across the globe have been, drawing and learning about both iconic animals, and lesser known endangered species. On every continent wildlife is coming under increasing pressure from habitat destruction, unsustainable exploitation of resources and human-wildlife conflict. This project inspires children to care for all our wild neighbours and understand their importance within the natural landscape, from the African lion to the giraffe weevil.”

Dr Kate Holden, Learning Officer at the Great North Museum: Hancock, said:

“We are delighted to showcase the work of children from North East England and around the world in our Living Planet gallery. Their reflection on the state of nature highlights the need to act now to secure the future of the planet they are inheriting.”

Will Travers OBE, Co-Founder Born Free speaking at the Endangered Species Conference 2021 said:

“Born Free is absolutely thrilled to be part of this fantastic programme… When it says, Where Did All The Animals Go? Hopefully, the answer to that is nowhere! We’ve got to make sure that the animals don’t go, they don’t leave us, don’t disappear, they don’t become extinct, and we can all do something about it.” 

Marinta Skupin, Curator of Education, Laguna Art Museum said:

"We loved being part of Jane’s wonderful and powerful project! Jane’s use of art to honour these beautiful animals is nothing short of transformative. Not only are the animals clearly present in the magnificent drawings, but so are the awe and admiration and concern of the artists. I know that Where Did All The Animals Go? will continue to be a force for good."

Dr Meryl Batchelder, Subject Leader for Science, Corbridge Middle School, said:

"Where Did All the Animals Go?” is one of the most engaging enrichment projects I’ve had the pleasure to work on with my pupils. We’re so excited to be able to visit the exhibition of artwork at the Great North Museum: Hancock.”

David Whetstone Senior Desk Editor - Culture ncjMedia wrote:

"...drawings, preserved on vinyl, capture the relative charms of the lesser flamingo, the Eurasian oystercatcher, the Argentine horned frog, the American crocodile and many more. They make for an entertaining but also sobering display. So many wonderful creatures! Surely there’s room for all of us on this unique planet? ...A great project and very moving" Read the article here