Endangered doves in the Caribbean inspire Norwich artist’s work

11:00 10 October 2012

Norwich artist Lucy Garrett

Norwich artist Lucy Garrett's art work, inspired by work to help endangered Grenada Doves, is to be featured in a London Gallery PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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A Norwich artist’s work inspired by critically endangered doves in the Caribbean is to feature in a national exhibition.

One of Lucy Garrett’s colourful linocut prints of a pair of Grenada doves has been chosen to be part of the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, near Trafalgar Square, in London.

Miss Garrett, who works in environmental consultancy and does art work in her spare time, said she was inspired to use the endangered birds for her print work because her partner Nick Bolton has been doing a research project at the University of East Anglia to help aid the conservation of these birds, and she also went out to Grenada to help him with his project in Mt Hartman National Park.

“I hope my image will bring more awareness of these little-known birds,” she said, adding that she believed there were only between 100 and 150 of the Grenada doves in the world, and among their biggest threats were predators such as the mongoose.

Miss Garrett, 29, who lives in Newmarket Street, created the print and a number of others as part of a City and Guilds Level Two in printmaking at Wensum Lodge, in Norwich.

About her work going on display in the capital, she said: “It is amazing. I cannot believe it. It is the first time I have ever submitted anything so I am pretty amazed.”

The Natural Eye: Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition is at Mall Galleries, near Trafalgar Square, from November 1 to 11.

Are you involved in a new art project in Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email


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