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North Berwick RNLI features in local art installation

Lifeboats News Release

Rachel Marshall, a North Berwick artist known as Bonzo-Art, has featured RNLI Lifeboats in an art installation along the town’s High Street.

Bonzo-Art Colouring Sheet featuring dramatic ocean waves and a stylised D Class lifeboat

RNLI/Rachel Marshall(Bonzo-Art)

Bonzo-Art Colouring Sheet
Situated in an old phone box in the Westgate the artwork, titled ‘I SAW THREE SHIPS’, is a celebration of the sea, and the boats that can be regularly seen off the coast of North Berwick.

Rachel said; ‘The RNLI is a service that we are constantly grateful for as coastal residents, so when I was asked to create an art installation for pARTicipate, I thought I could combine the boats I draw with a bit of a fundraiser for the RNLI.’

Accompanying the artwork are colouring sheets, initially released for half term, which feature a likeness of Evelyn M, North Berwick RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat which has been saving lives in North Berwick since 2013.

The colouring sheets are available for all to take away and have been in great demand, with members of the public encouraged to donate to support the RNLI. Local art shop Rock and Bird and the RNLI shop at the station have also been handing out copies.

Along with pieces depicting sea swimmers, fishing boats and people enjoying the seaside Rachel has previously featured the historic RNLI boathouse in North Berwick in a piece titled ‘Courage and Clouds’.

Laura Anderson, Chair of the North Berwick and Gullane RNLI Fundraising Branch said ‘It’s fantastic to see the artwork is not only raising lifesaving funds, but also highlighting the work of the RNLI by featuring the lifeboats. We thank Rachel and all who have coloured in the Evelyn M’, the RNLI is a charity saving lives at sea through voluntary donations.

‘If you’re inspired by Rachel’s fundraising efforts then we would love to welcome you onto our crew as we are currently looking for creative and motivated individuals to join our fundraising team. More information can be found on the RNLI’s website.’

Notes to editors

  • North Berwick RNLI are recruiting for fundraising volunteers. To be part of our crew click here
  • The RNLI are recruiting for Face2Face fundraisers in the Edinburgh region, for more information, click here
  • pARTicipate are a group working under the umbrella of North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust to make art accessible and at the heart of the community.

RNLI media contacts

Matthew Gibbons, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, North Berwick, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

24 hour RNLI Central Press Office, 01202 336789 or email [email protected]

RNLI/Rachel Marshall (Bonzo-Art)

I SAW THREE SHIPS art installation

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