Minories Christmas Fair – 2016

It’s been a busy week what with the excellent IUCN UK Peatland Programme 2016 Conference in Shrewsbury (of which more later) and now the weekend is taken up with the joint Minories/FirstSite Christmas Fair. Today’s fair was held in the Minories and a huge thank you to Becky Jordan and Nikki Hazelton for organising it and ensuring that everything went so smoothly. Big thank you to Hiroe as well for keeping me supplied with coffee (and the photos below), and to Dee for running the stall from time to time 🙂

Having prepared myself for a day of long interludes with occasional flurries of activity, in the end I didn’t even manage to eat my breakfast bacon sandwich until 16:00 because things were so busy. The ‘Snowy Rooks‘ woodcut (original and cards) seemed to go down particularly well, although every item had some sales – apart from the large oil paintings which were more for display and promotional purposes. The ‘Loch Loyal Bog‘ painting (and associated cards) did indeed stimulate lots of discussion about peatlands, the Flow Country, Munsary Peatlands and general visits to Scotland. Several people have gone off to browse the Munsary Peatlands photobook online at Blurb.

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Tomorrow the Fair is in the much larger venue of FirstSite – setting for the Open Exhibition back in the autumn of 2015. It would be great to see you there, if you are from the Colchester area.

Author: Richard Lindsay

Having worked for 20 years in the UK statutory nature conservation agencies as Peatland Specialist in the Chief Scientist Team, I then moved to the University of East London where I ran the nature conservation degrees for several years. Now I mainly undertake research and support peatland conservation activities, including the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, within UEL's Sustainability Research Institute. I also paint.

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