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Some Events and Milestones

  • Graduated in Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

  • Graduated in Business Acumen for Artists, Graduate School of Business, UCT

  • Launched the Kingswood College Wildlife Society

  • Received Academic Merit Shield from Kingswood College 1981

  • Past Chairman of The Zandvlei Trust and the Scarborough Conservation Group, committee member of the Cape Bird Club

  • As a fully qualified local waters skipper with celestial navigation accreditation, he led sail training courses in Cape Town 

  • His first solo exhibition held in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, 1989

  • His book Watching Whales and Dolphins was published by Penguin Random House

  • He was the Scientific and Behavioural Consultant on feature film Free Willy 4 for Warner Bros

  • Launched Ashton Environmental Programmes and Publishing in 1999

  • His Oceans of Africa Cetacean Conservation Programme was launched in 2003

  • In 2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu unveiled his acclaimed Sacred Ocean sculpture campaign and The Great Whaling Debate

  • His Windows on the Oceans Exhibition was launched by Jonathan Oppenheimer of the De Beers Group, 2003

  • The De Beers Oceans of Africa Species Panels unveiled in the Two Oceans Aquarium, 2003

  • His Namdeb Benguela Dolphin Panels launched at Swakopmund Aquarium

  • A Top Billing programme on Noel’s scientific research and illustrations featured on national television

  • Journeys in search of the Whale launched in the Whale Well, South African Museum

  • The IFAW Whale Walk boards unveiled by Mayor of Hermanus before a national roll-out

  • The Whale Show Audio Visual seen by over 30 000 visitors to Hermanus

  • Created teachers training workshops in association with Two Oceans Aquarium Trust

  • Science and Art presentation launched at National Science Week, Grahamstown and gave 'Excellence' lecture at Rhodes Univercity.

  • Partnered with WESSA to fund a whale research 4×4 vehicle through print sales of one of his most successful paintings

  • Completed and published the first global scientific illustration of the Heaviside’s Dolphin for the International Whaling Commission

  • Partnered with WWF to raise over half a million rand for rhino conservation through his Mapungubwe Revisited bronze sculpture campaign. Funded by HSBC Africa

  • Launched 52 Artworks - A Year in Nature initiative with Africa Geographic Magazine.

  • Panelist judge for the Science Centre Expo, Canal Walk

  • Created and launched the Enviro Expo at the Hermanus Whale Festival

  • Panelist on Empowered Entrepreneur discussion, London 2019

  • His horse bronzes featured as ‘Artwork of the Month’ by Henry&James, London

  • ‘Wild & Free’ Bronze included in the 2019 Royal Ascot Exhibition in London

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