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Hiding their talents

25 June 2012

Tim Webb
London Communications Manager

Nature is inspiring, so it’s no surprise to discover that RSPB staff have been inspired to create art from the wild places and wildlife they come across during their daily work.

For the first time ever, examples of work from staff around the country are being brought together for a three-week exhibition in the new Purfleet ‘hide’ at Rainham Marshes’ nature reserve.

The setting couldn’t be more appropriate with its vast viewing window spilling light on to the artworks. Visitors will be torn between watching the living spectacle of lapwings, swifts and the freshwater pools outside or the artworks inside the designer-created building.

The exhibition runs from Sunday 30 June to Sunday 22 July and is open daily.

Works include paintings, sketches and photographs. The six featured artists day-jobs are Web Editor, Ecologist, Youth Manager, Volunteering Development Officer, Wildlife Adviser and Communications Officer.


  1. The Art in the Hide exhibition features works by Vivienne Booth, Jenny Sweet, Katie Fuller, Mark Boyd, Rolf Williams and Ben Andrew.
  2. A percentage of any sales will be donated to the RSPB. Not all art on display is for sale.
  3. RSPB Rainham Marshes Environment and Education Centre, café and nature reserve is open seven days a week. For more information, please call 01708 899 840 or visit
  4. The development of RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve would not be possible without the generous support of RSPB members, supporters and the following organisations: Veolia Havering Riverside Trust, Veolia Mardyke Trust, Veolia ES UK (plc), Biffaward, City Bridge Trust, Homes and Communities Agency's Parklands Funding administered by Essex County Council, the EU’s Interreg IVA Two Seas Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, Defra's Countryside Stewardship Scheme, the Rose Foundation, Defra's Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, Essex County Council, East of England Development Agency, Energy Savings Trust, Environment Agency, Fulham Heating, Heritage Lottery Fund, HSBC, Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group Ltd (WRG) administered by the Environmental Body WREN, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Natural England, Rail Link Countryside Initiative, SITA Trust, South Essex Green Grid/Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership, Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Union Railways and Thurrock Council.

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