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Artists drawn to nature with Pollinator Project

Artists drawn to nature with Pollinator Project

Sunday 10 October 2021

Artists drawn to nature with Pollinator Project

Local artists have created a Pollinator Project exhibition to showcase the vital role of pollinators in nature.

The initiative was created to highlight the role bees, butterflies, hoverflies, wasps and moths have in our food and in nature, and to inspire more people to protect them.

Established local nature artist and member of the Pollinator Project Committee, Bridget Spinney, organised the art initiative.

“Together as local artists, we’re trying to raise awareness of the decline of our pollinators, in the hope that we can encourage change in lifestyle choices to benefit to our environment.

“This project combines my passion for art inspired by the natural world with my desire to protecting our most vital wildlife.”

The pollinator art campaign is a collaboration between the Pollinator Project and Les Bourgs Hospice who are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a charity this year. 

Embracing Les Bourgs’ 30/30 concept, respected local artists have accepted the invitation to create artwork that ‘celebrates the beauty and importance of our pollinators.’

The exhibition will be open to the public in St James from 24 October to 26 November as part of the Community Arts Festival, however attendees of Les Bourgs Hospice Birthday Dinner on 9 October will have a preview of the exhibition.

Russ Fossey of Guernsey Arts commented: “This is a wonderful initiative and we are delighted the exhibition is being launched during the Community Arts Festival.” 

One artist involved in the project, Eleanor Daisy Atkinson, said: “In Guernsey we are so fortunate to be surrounded by surrounded by such beautiful wildlife and incredible scenery, I treasure this, and I want to do my best to help our environment thrive.”

She added that it was an “honour” to support Les Bourgs Hospice with the care and support they provide individuals and families. 

The project has been made possible by local financial services firm, RAW Capital Partners.

Managing Director, Tim Parkes, explained: “We are keen to be involved in something local that helps the environment at grass roots level.

The work the Pollinator Project are doing to educate people about the importance of our immediate environment and what every one of us can do to make a positive impact really hit a note with our team. We are delighted to be involved.”

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