Art exhibition inspired by RSPB Rainham Marshes takes flight

EXCITING new works of art and design created with the wildlife, landscape and environment of Rainham Marshes in mind are on show, this one-off exhibition reveals students creative thought processes, with a selection of personal sketchbooks also on show.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design students from South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus, Woodview collaborated with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Rainham Marshes on a unique live project as part of their studies.

The final outcome is an exhibition of their work created from the ‘Transforming Rainham Marshes’ project, in the new Purfleet hide, RSPB Rainham Marshes nature. Opens on Saturday 24th September, with a private viewing for students, family and friends at 11am to 1pm. The exhibition will run for four weeks.

Brona Doyle, Senior Education Officer “It is fantastic to see the results of the project, they really came up with innovative, creative and usable design ideas, that they should be very proud of. The most exciting aspect of the project was to delve into artist and designer minds, to see how they chose colours, grew ideas and were inspired by the wildlife and landscape they encountered at Rainham Marshes. I hope this experience will add to their portfolio and help them with their creative futures.’

Jo Styles, Advanced Practitioner for the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts, at the College, said: ‘The objective of the project was to encourage the students to learn about sustainability and the local environment in their community. The collaboration with the RSPB allowed students to broaden their understanding of these areas, create a selection of designs and prints and be part of a real live project. The outcomes were fantastic and to see the work publically displayed within the environment that directly inspired it, is an added bonus.”

The course covered art and design aspects such as graphics and illustration, fashion and 3D design, which gives students the scope to design a range of items that would benefit the RSPB Rainham Marshes, including sculptures, signage and clothing, with sustainability and the environment in mind. Alongside designing an item with sustainability in mind, every student, as part of their printmaking unit students also designed a print to capture their ideas.

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