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Artist Talk
Nik Pollard demonstrating in the Rabley print studio

Nik Pollard RCA takes an overview of his coastal project at Wallasea and his practice as a Natural Historian and wildlife artist. This talk will coincide with his course ‘Drawn To Nature’.


Nik Pollard’s work stems from a passion for the natural world and is generated from sustained, direct observation. He makes drawings and paintings in the field and develops ideas in the studio.

A period of dedicated study at single or related locations is a necessary part of Nik’s process. He makes repeated visits to gain familiarity with an area. He builds a knowledge and understanding of the rhythms and characteristics particular to a place and its inhabitants during that time.

Nik explores different ways of working, developing a visual language that will enable him to interpret what he has seen, felt and experienced. Working with a range of mediums, he focuses on the essential aspects of what it is he wants to say, whether it is responding to an instance or exploring a narrative.


Nik Pollards Wallasea drawings explore the relationship between landscape and nature. In 2015/16 Pollard was invited by the RSPB to help record the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project though drawing and painting on site. The RSPB reserve in Essex is an ambitious project in which ancient wetland landscape is being recreated using, amongst other things, 4.5 million tonnes of spoil from the London Crossrail. It is part of a plan to combat flooding, the effects of climate change and to replace lost natural habitat. Saltmarsh, mudflats, lagoons and pasture are being established through major earthworks the biggest conservation and engineering project of its type in Europe.

The energetic drawings are the result of two visits made to the site and reflect Pollards fascination for the contrast between the site under construction and its development as flora and fauna beginning to take hold. 

Event: Artist Talk
Location: Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire
Dates: Saturday 2 June
Times: 6.30 - 7.30pm

Tickets: FREE. Limited places/Booking essential (click link below)

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