(Above) Nicola from the Kingcombe Centre and Angela with Kingcombe's natural colours © DWT
(below) wildflowers at Kingcombe © Nick Tomlinson
An exciting new contemporary crowd-sourced art project by local artist, Angela Fendley, is now on sale at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Kingcombe Centre, in west Dorset.
The ‘Natural Colours’ project uses colours found in Dorset’s nature reserves, to create eye-catching abstract digital prints to depict the abundant wildlife found in the area in a new and interesting way. The latest works to be added to the project for DWT’s Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common are now completed and are being displayed at the Kingcombe Centre.
Visitors to the centre and surrounding areas were asked to suggest species to be considered for inclusion. Bee Orchids, Tawny Owls, Common Blue butterflies and Adders were amongst those that made it to the final pieces, all designed carefully to create a sense of place through a harmonious array of natural colours.
"Extremely rewarding experience"
Bournemouth-based artist, Angela Fendley said, “To immerse myself at Kingcombe and meet with visitors during the Kingcombe Arts Weekend was a very special and extremely rewarding experience. Engaging with the people who frequent the reserves and understanding what it is they really love about the place was an important feature of this project. Their suggestions and participation suitably gives the final work a feeling of truly belonging.”
DWT’s Visitor Experience Officer, Nicola Hawkins said, “Dorset Wildlife Trust is really excited to be able to work with Angela on a more contemporary art project that allowed our visitors not only to be part of the creative process but to perhaps look at nature in a new way.”
Other local artists exhibiting their work
The two brand new prints are being exhibited at the Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset this summer, along with other local artists also exhibiting their work. To visit the exhibition, and take a stroll around the meadows, and sample the delights of the Kingcombe Café, visit us at: The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. The centre is open every day from 10am 4.30pm until November.
To find out more about courses and workshops at running all year at the centre, visit the Kingcombe Centre Website or phone 01300 320684. Course subjects are varied and include arts and crafts and natural history and conservation.
To find out more about Angela Fendley’s work, visit www.angelafendley.co.uk.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.