Elsa Conservation Trust

Joy Adamson - Botanial Art

9 April - 26 May

The Sunbury Gallery is delighted and privileged to be showing this exclusive collection of Botanical Art rarely seen on public display. Painted by the late conser vationist Joy Adamson, an accomplished artist who in 1947 was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Grenfell Gold medal for her detailed paintings of East African flowers.


Joy Adamson started painting flowers shortly after arriving in Kenya. In 1945 she started painting the tribesmen and women of Kenya for pleasure. She was subsequently commissioned by the British Government to paint a record of the indigenous tribes and peoples of Kenya. Many of the original portraits remain on display in the Nairobi National Museum. 

The main focus of the exhibition is to showcase Joy’s botanical paintings. Support archive memorabilia explores the journey of this remarkable woman, her talents as an artist, pianist, writer, conservationist and her lasting legacy “The Elsa Conservation Trust” that thrives today.


A legacy occasionally overshadowed by her much publicised death in 1980 followed by George Adamson’s death nine years later. “Elsamere” is the former home of the Adamson’s that sits on the shores of Kenya’s Lake Naivasha - a nature lover’s paradise with a great variety of bird life, and impressive range of flora and fauna.

The Centre for Education in Sustainability at Elsamere is supported by The Trust and proceeds from Elsamere, now a Homestay Lodge. Keeping the conservation dream of the Adamson’s alive through educating young people about conservation. Established in 1989 with a mission to make environment and development education available to all east African people.


Joy Adamson established the Elsa Wild Animal Appeal, now the Elsa Conservation Trust because she passionately believed that young people should have the opportunity to learn about their unique natural heritage and achieving this has become a world wide objective of the Trust.


The name Joy Adamson is famously known for her books about raising Elsa an orphaned lion cub, then released into the African bush and immortalised in the 1950’s film Born Free.


The Sunbur y Gallery is honoured to have been selected to showcase this exhibition and to present an insight into the life and achievements of this remarkable woman, a true pioneer in the field of conservation.

Joy Adamson Botanical art

Joy Adamson Botanical art