East Devon artist helps to raise funds for Dartmoor National Park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:04 25 July 2017

Otter for all seasons by Alan Cotton

Otter for all seasons by Alan Cotton

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Art collectors are being offered the chance to bid for specially-commissioned otter statues to raise money for Dartmoor National Park.

Art collectors are being offered the chance to bid for specially-commissioned otter statues to raise money for Dartmoor National Park.

Renowned artist Alan Cotton, who lives in Colaton Raleigh, helped spearhead the project in a bid to raise £100,000 to help conserve and enhance the area’s wildlife.

He has curated 100 life-size otters from the country’s top artists, with 30 ‘golden otters’ heading to a live auction on September 30 at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood.

The collection features eight East Devon artists, including Ottery St Mary-based painter Phil Creek, whose creation reflects the town.

Mr Cotton, who has designed his own otter - An Otter For All Seasons - said: “Many of these artists have a popular fan base with collectors all over the world.

“Choosing to take on a project off their usual canvas materials is a rare thing and the response from all the artists involved has been truly marvellous.

“These are pieces of art that are unlikely to become available again and are real collectors’ items, which just adds to the excitement as we look forward to the auction.”

Proceeds from the bidding will also be used to help develop Dartmoor’s Junior Ranger programme, which supports educational access and engages young people in conservation projects, creating conservationists of the future.

Members of the public can see all 100 sculptures, including the golden 30, at the park until September 15.

Also among the collection is the Sherlock Holmes-inspired otter - Elementary My Dear Otter - and Potter Otter, which is influenced by JK Rowling’s famous boy wizard.

To bid for any of the statues, visit the Moor Otters website. Online bids for the golden otters will be taken to the live auction in September.

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