Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Friday 27 April 2018

‘Drawn to Nature’ – Art in the Shed by Richard Allen

‘Swifts’ by Richard Allen

Private View – ‘Drawn to Nature’

Richard Allen

6pm Friday 12th May

Bookshop Shed

Wivenhoe Bookshop

A ‘Wild About Wivenhoe’ event

Exhibition opening hours:

Sat 13th May 12 – 2.30pm

Sun 14th May 10 – 4pm


We’re delighted to be hosting this extraordinary exhibition of Richard Allen’s work as part of the Wild about Wivenhoe Festival.

After the Private View the show will be open at the following times:

Sat 13th May 12 – 2.30pm

Sun 14th May 10 – 4pm

About the Artist

‘Drawn to Nature’ will comprise sketches, paintings and prints of Wivenhoe wildlife. Richard talks about his work here:

‘I am an artist and illustrator based in East Anglia amid the creeks and marshes of the Essex coast. My great passion is the natural world, particularly birds, and I enjoy the challenge of sketching and painting them directly from life in the field in all weathers.

The Colne estuary near my home in Wivenhoe provide plenty of inspiration, especially in winter when large flocks of waders and wildfowl flock to the coast.’

Artist Bio

Artist Richard Allen at work

A freelance illustrator with over 30 years experience, Richard has worked in publishing, newspapers,

stamp design, and on interpretation illustrations for many conservation bodies, including the RSPB and National Trust. Recently commissioned work includes projects for the Great Fen Project, Exmoor NP, Leeds Castle, and Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort.

Of late he has returned to printmaking, and his book of linocuts “Coastal Birds” was published by Jardine Press in 2014.

” Coastal Birds” is available from the bookshop.

‘Wild About Wivenhoe’

‘Drawn to Nature’ is part of the ‘Wild About Wivenhoe’ festival.

Check out the full festival programme here.


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