The Watchman

creating beauty in the face of extinction



"The Watchman" is a story about wildlife artist Tich Ncube, who creates powerful artworks depicting the wildlife of Zimbabwe, with the aim of bringing attention to their plight. Despite his phenomenal talent, Tich doesn't receive much recognition for the extraordinary work he does for conservation.

"The Watchman" follows me, as I travel to Zimbabwe to meet Tich - following Tich as he works on a new piece for his first solo exhibition, and exploring the power of artivism for wildlife conservation. 

More information coming soon!


Who are we?

Tich Ncube, The Watchman, is a wildlife artist from Victoria Falls. His pieces showcase the beauty of Zimbabwe's ecology, but they also showcase the threat of extinction faced by all of the species which live there.

Tich is such an engaging and inspiring young man, and his wildlife artwork is phenomenal - yet despite this, very few people know about Tich, and the valuable work he does for Zimbabwe's wildlife. I hope that "The Watchman" will draw attention to Tich, and help him get the recognition he deserves for his stunning work. 

I'm Alicia Hayden, a wildlife artist and writer currently studying for a Master's in Wildlife Filmmaking at The University of the West of England (UWE), in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit. 

I really want to create films which make a difference to society by giving a voice to people who do extraordinary work for wildlife conservation. I met Tich Ncube on the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's Wildlife Artist Panel in 2021, and I was instantly inspired by his enthusiasm and knowledge for Zimbabwe's wildlife, and his desire to protect it through art.

Jacob Burley is a fellow wildlife filmmaker, writer, and comedian, also studying for a Master's in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE. Jacob was my second camera operator and sound assistant whilst we were filming in Zimbabwe in May. He is producing his Master's film on Britain's lost wildlife - and you can find out more information here! 


Meet the Artists

Alexandra Gibb • Alex Fleming • Alice Geary • Alicia Hayden • Alicia Van Den Abeele • Ananya Ramesh • Andrew Pledge • April Barrie • Ashley Habernal • Benjamin Fallow • Bridget Caton • Calen Sink • Carina Kramer • Catherine Ingleby • Catherine Mason • Catriona Parfitt • Choe Donovan • Christina Aust • Chyzabelle Chadwick • Claire Heffron • Cole Stirling • Colette Clegg • Dawn Thornhill • Detlef Tibax • Dominique Vassie • Francesca Possati • Freya Salter • Gabriella Carr • George Fox • Ginger Gehres • Hana Fitzsimmons • Heather Irvine • Holly Kirkham • Ingrid Meganck • Jack Haslam • Jamey Anne • Janavi Kramer • Janina Rossiter • Jarrod Simpson • Jess Pritchard • Josh Gluckstein • Laura Smith • Lauren Cook • Levi Hurst • Louise Reilly • Lucy Blackstone • Maria Simonova • Marie-Celestine Piqueur • Martin Aveling • Matthew Chamberlain • Maya Marty • Megan Marron • Michael Jooste • Michelle Sutton • Molly Quinn • Natalia Driabina • Nell Miles • Nicola Jane • Olivia Cumming • Paulien De Saeger • Polly Hosp • Rachel Brooks • Rafael Martig • Raul Orvieto • Rose Marshall • Rosie Beeston • Rudra Gaidhani • Sangeetha Kadur • Sarah Soward • Sarah Stribbling • Siyabonga Ncube • Siza Ncube • Sofiya Shukhova • Sophie Green • Stephen Rew • Susie Hawthorne • Tom Henderson • Tom Knowles • Tracy Warner • Yael Orlovsky • Zoe Abram • Zoe Fitchet