About

What do we do?

The Nest Project is a community arts initiative led by Eco-Artists Rebekah Boone and Claire Gebbett.  What do we do?

  • create art and sculpture (usually outside and with natural or recycled materials)
  • work with groups, schools and marginalised communities in creative collaboration
  • provide arts experiences at festivals, exhibitions, fetes, parties or celebrations
  • prepare bespoke workshops or art installations for our clients
IMG-20180628-WA0022Best hat winners at 2018 Royal Norfolk Show for our hats with nests!

Bio

Bekah Boone: I studied BEd (Hons) at Oxford University and MA in Fine Art and Education from NUA.  I then taught in schools for many years; my wide experience in education from Nursery, through to Secondary, Further Education and teaching adults, means I can adapt to the needs of any type of group.  I strongly believe in accessibility and allowing people to find the artist within them.  I specialise in filmmaking, installation work, natural sculpture and painting. My passion is the environment and respecting our beautiful planet, my work endeavours to help people appreciate and respect our natural world.

Claire Gebbett:  I  developed my own arts practice whilst working in education (mostly with deaf people), creating sculpture and collage from found objects.  I became interested in the Forest School Ethos and outdoor learning and developed art workshops which encourage people to get creative outside whilst learning about nature. I have NVQ IV British Sign Language and can use Macaton and Signed Supported English.  I work with people with a variety of additional needs: Deafness, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Visual Impairment.   I exhibited in NNOpenStudios 2017 with Forever Greens Forest School Group.  We built a giant nest and hence The Nest Project was born.

Where have we worked?

We have worked in partnership as the Nest Project at The Royal Norfolk Show, The One Planet Festival, GoGoCreate, The Norfolk Summer Deaf Festival, The Council for the Protection of Rural England, Clarion Futures, Clare Castle and Country Park, at Raveningham Hall and with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  We use our experience and a keen desire for accessibility to help groups and communities, who may have barriers to accessing the arts, produce creative, collaborative art and reconnect to nature.

IMG_2664Herald of spring nest, Whitlingham country park, February 2018

Focus

We are interested in our connection with the earth and the landscapes we live in.  Our work reflects our relationship to the land and our environment.

We see art as a tool for nurturing communities and creating safe spaces, beautiful spaces.  We believe everyone can find the artist within them and benefit from creativity.

With a passion for getting outside and working collaboratively, we facilitate communities to create beautiful sculptures from natural materials.  We also use found plastics to create art highlighting environmental issues.

20180506_153831Grapes hill community garden open day, weaving wall

Get in Touch

We look forward to hearing from you via our contact link above or social media: Facebook @thenestprojectcommunityart and Instagram @the.nest.project.  Please look through our portfolio on the tab above.