Marshes are an art inspiration

Vincent Canning with one of his willow sculptures. EMN-140925-140547001

Vincent Canning with one of his willow sculptures. EMN-140925-140547001

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Touring exhibition ‘Ebb and Flow’ comes to Whisby Natural World Centre this month taking inspiration from the natural landscapes of Beckingham Marshes.

Beckingham Marshes is a major habitat creation project on the River Trent floodplain.

It is an oasis of calm within a heavily industrialised landscape and offers the local community a place where they can escape to and find peace.

Offering wide-open landscapes, enormous skies and resplendent sunsets, visitors enjoy large flocks of wading birds and wildfowl in winter and in the summer, fluttering butterflies, and darting dragonflies with hobbies in hot pursuit.

‘Ebb and Flow’ is inspired by marsh and freshwater landscapes and the wildlife to be found living in Beckingham Marshes.

Expect pieces by Vincent Canning, who works in willow, paper and found and recycled materials, botanical illustrations by Amanda Willoughby, ceramics by Shaun Clark and Kelly Fisher as well as textile work by Julie Willoughby and Ruth Pigott.

The exhibition runs from Sunday to Sunday, November 2.

○ Now in its 30th year, the Natural World Centre’s annual Christmas Craft Fair celebrates the festive period as well as supporting local artists and craftsmen and women from November 10 to January 4.