Rachel Bebb Contemporary to hold World Ocean Day event

On Saturday, June 8, which is World Ocean Day, glassmakers Roberta Mason and Neil Wilkin will be talking about their work at Rachel Bebb Contemporary art gallery in Broughton.

Roberta and Neil are evolving a sustainable and inspiring way of working and living on their smallholding in Wales. Representatives from Project Seagrass and Alan Lovell, chair of the Environment Agency will also be speaking at the event.

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Drinks and canapés made by Dominique Göltinger, head chef of Little Walcot in Frome, with sustainably sourced ingredients will be available and guests will be able to enjoy the last day of RBC’s summer exhibition, Our Ocean.

The exhibition will show work by artists interpreting their thoughts about the beauty of our oceans, whilst addressing the threat posed to them by human activity.

Hampshire Chronicle: Neil Wilkin's 'Vessel'Neil Wilkin’s ‘Vessel’ (Image: Stephen Heaton)

The showcased works will include sculpture, ceramics, original prints, engraved glass, letter carving, woodcuts and wood engravings. Exhibitors include Neil Bousfield, Merlyn Chesterman, Roberta Mason, Charlie Macpherson, Rebecca Newnham, Antonia Salmon, Neil Wilkin and more.

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Proceeds from the event on 8 June will go to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Solent Seagrass Restoration Project. Roberta and Neil will also donate 10 per cent of their earnings to seagrass restoration projects.

Seagrasses are flowering plants that live in the shallow, sheltered areas of our coast. They form dense, underwater meadows, supporting thousands of marine species, producing oxygen, storing carbon, stabilising our coastlines and keeping our ocean clean and clear. Yet, they are globally threatened and are facing significant losses around the world.

Project Seagrass’s Solent fieldwork officer, Rebekah Noakes, said: “Project Seagrass is thrilled to be attending Our Ocean. We are conserving and restoring seagrass through community, research and action.

“It’s events like Our Ocean that, through art, help inspire the community and showcase the beauty of our seagrass ecosystems. We provide schools with science-backed, easy-to-understand educational materials and resources with accessible information on the world’s seagrass meadows, what they are, why they are so important and what we can do to help save them.”

The event will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 6pm to 8pm. More information, including how to purchase tickets can be found at eventbrite.

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