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Closed 30/04/2019

raised of £10,100 target by 37 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,765 to create an arresting glass art installation in the ruin of an ancient chapel set in the thriving yet vulnerable grasslands of RSPB Minsmere

    RSPB, Minsmere, Suffolk
    Funded on Tuesday, 30th April 2019

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    The Project:

    Environmental glass artist, Arabella Marshall, is making a large artwork to be installed into an ancient ruined chapel in the middle of windswept grasslands on the Suffolk coast; a soaring glass “window” of luminous colour for a building which has no roof and whose walls have eroded into irregular shapes. The site is abundant with wildlife, most notably birds, yet is threatened by rising sea levels and more immediately the expansion of the nearby nuclear power station. The piece will be a joyful celebration of life but also a poignant reminder of the impermanence of the form life takes. It will be called “A Wing and a Prayer”. The installation will launch a 3 year project - we are inviting people to use the artwork as a catalyst for creating their own activities from drawing to walking to singing to storytelling to film-making to researching, writing and discussing and to get as many people to take part in these, free of charge wherever possible. We already have a number of activities planned for the first year involving a well known local artist, Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh Festival), a local school and a project which addresses loneliness. “I want the artwork itself to take your breath away; I want the whole project to get people thinking and feeling about their interrelatedness to the natural environment and discover how art can be what connects them.”

    The Place:

    RSPB Minsmere is a fabulous, though vulnerable, wildlife location on the Suffolk coast comprising woods, heathland, grassland, river and shingle beach. It has a rich but little known history from the fleeing monks in 14C to the manouvers of WW2, giving way to the return and new arrival of hundreds of species of birds and wildlife. Tens of thousands of people visit the area each year and RSPB can arrange for disabled access to the chapel site.

    How the Money will be Spent:

    Although this marks the beginning of a 3 year project the funds we are seeking right now are specifically for the making and installing of the artwork. This is our next step and the one from which everything else will flow. Arabella has been developing the project for the past two and a half years and has received local funding to complete the necessary investigations into exactly what can be done and how it can be done. We happily have permission from Historic England and RSPB to go ahead as well as the technical specifications for the building preparation and the glass itself. Arabella has decided to forgo an artist’s fee for making the piece. This is no small decision as she has a studio to keep running but her commitment to the project is paramount and she recognises the huge gift she has been given in being able to take it forward. This will help us reach our target in time for summer 2019. The figure that we are seeking from this campaign covers: builders preparing the chapel walls for the installation , the making of the artwork ( materials and studio costs only ), the making of the steel frame and fixings , the delivery and installation of the piece . This actually comes to £11,500 but we have already been promised £1,400.

    The Artist / Project Leader:

    The project is the idea of local artist Arabella Marshall. Arabella has a background in Fine Art, attending Central St Martins and Maidstone School of Art, and has worked with glass since 2001. Her work explores the nature of things and how life expresses itself in form. Her studio, founded in 2003, has enabled her to establish a creative hub with talks, exhibitions and classes. Having created pieces for various outdoor locations e.g. Dartmoor National Park, private gardens and Norfolk wetlands, she has developed a strong technical understanding of the requirements of glass in an outdoor setting. Arabella has led the development of the project in partnership with RSPB Minsmere and has the necessary permissions in place as well as solid costings and a range of partners who will encourage public engagement and debate.

    To Say Thank You:

    Additional funds permitting, we plan to acknowledge project supporters in a variety of ways: names will added to the information board to be erected on site as well as to the project catalogue which we are planning to produce. There will also be specially mounted and framed photographs of the artwork given to donors over £500. You will all of course be invited as special guests to the launch event.



    • Arabella Marshall1 year ago
      Arabella Marshall

      Arabella Marshall

      1 year ago

      We have 10 hours to go!! We need £2,000 to get the piece installed this September......The response has been great on and off line. Help us to reach our target now.....

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    • Arabella Marshall1 year ago
      Arabella Marshall

      Arabella Marshall

      1 year ago

      ONE WEEK TO GO!! £2,200 TO RAISE. Please help us to reach the target for this unique and beautiful project to take flight!

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    • Arabella Marshall1 year ago
      Arabella Marshall

      Arabella Marshall

      1 year ago
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      Including two lots of funding recently awarded by two local trusts we have now reached 63% of the target! We are well on our way - with your help we will be there soon! Huge thanks to all our supporters.

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    • Graham Kill

      Graham Kill

      Apr 27, 2019

      Hope you pull it off Arabella so that other people can enjoy your work as much as we are with the piece that you made for us.


    • Mark Sargeantson

      Mark Sargeantson

      Apr 24, 2019

      Very much looking forward to seeing this inspired art work in a sublime setting


    • Anonymous


      Apr 24, 2019

      Looking forward to seeing your glass in situ Arabella


    • Marian Ash

      Marian Ash

      Apr 16, 2019

      Ahh, we talked about this project back in the Summer. How exciting to have it lift off and away. Yes, I was rather involved so I am very happy for the reminder and now is great!With all best wishes.


    • Orla


      Apr 14, 2019

      Really look forward to seeing it in its beautiful setting. xx


    • Sarah Dennis

      Sarah Dennis

      Apr 13, 2019


    • Ewen Wyllie

      Ewen Wyllie

      Apr 12, 2019


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    Arabella Marshall

    Arabella Marshall

    RSPB, Minsmere, Suffolk

    Arabella has a background in Fine Art, attending Central St Martins and Maidstone School of Art, and has worked with glass since 2001. Having made site specific work for many indoor and outdoor locations she is experienced with managing successful projects and budgets.

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