Good start to a new year

 

Invite Kelham Island final

It’s been a busy couple of months for me, but they’ve been good ones. I have a major project coming up, of which more in the next blog. First though I have the news that the Arctic Convoys exhibition ‘For Those In Peril..’ will be showing at Sheffield’s Kelham Island Industrial Museum from March 2nd.

First shown at Sheffield’s gage gallery in June 2017 (to mark the 75th anniversary of the sailing of PQ17), it was the strong and positive response to the show from the 216 visitors to gage that encouraged me to look at taking it away from a gallery setting. Visitor feedback highlighted how many of us have or had family members involved in the convoys. Bringing the show to the industrial museum fits in well with my belief that art can help bring a sense of life to heritage sites, and that art needs to move out of the gallery to encourage people who might not normally engage with it to see it’s relevance to them. I’m currently exploring the future of the exhibition, which I’m hoping to take to Liverpool, Loch Ewe, and ultimately Archangelsk, the destination of PQ17 and many other of the arctic convoys.

Working the show out has also been interesting. One element of the show is that it’s designed as a sequential narrative, but the Brearley room is not as large a space as gage, the gallery I usually exhibit in. Ensuring that the narrative element remains, and is coherent, has been a fascinating challenge, one that I feel has sharpened my curatorial skills as well. Good times 🙂

The exhibition will run from March 4th to May 14th, and is open 10am – 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 11am – 4.30pm Sundays.

 

 

 

 

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New Series

unloading-murmansk

 

The Abbeydale Exhibition is up until December 31st, I have 5 paintings in a show in Rotherham, and an affordable art fair and exhibition to curate at the end of November, and a commission. What better time to start work on a new series 🙂

Unloading – Murmansk is the first in a group of paintings that will be drawn from the experiences of ordinary men and women serving to support the Arctic Convoys of 1941 – 1944. The paintings will be exhibited in July next year, to commemerate the 75th anniversary of convoy PQ17. This series continues the focus on untold history that is an emerging theme within my work. We know much about the Royal Navy’s role in the convoys, less about the civilians who played the most essential role in an action that arguably won the war. Thankyou for looking and I hope the painting engages you 🙂