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Remembrance 100 exhibition

ORG_DSC06986Great news! Both of Phil’s works have been accepted and will be two of the 100 selected artworks to be showcased in the Remembrance 100 exhibition at Carlisle Castle. The exhibition starts on 21st May and ends 2nd September.

‘Hope and Glory ‘ is a thought provoking painting and here is the narrative Phil submitted with his work:

‘Swifts screeching overhead herald the arrival of summer, returning each year to a landscape shaped by our ancestors. The country church nestled amid prehistoric earth works and medieval field patterns.

My childhood free from the traumas of war, minor cuts and bruises cured with a mother’s kiss, Germolene and sticking plaster.

Echoes of The Battle of Britain above the Kent coast, remind us of the sacrifice of others, who made this possible.

Many less fortunate, fleeing the horrors of their war-torn homelands look out across the English Channel, wondering whether this green and pleasant land will offer them sanctuary too.’

Part of the iconic ceramic poppy installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’  by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper which honours Britains war heroes who died 100 years ago is also heading to Carlisle Castle. It was first seen at the Tower of London and the original commission consisted of 888,246 poppies – one to commemorate every British or Colonial life lost at the front during the First World War.

The two sculptures ‘Weeping Window’ and ‘Wave’ containing 11,000 of the poppies are touring the UK. ‘Weeping Window’ will cascade from the top of the castle keep for 6 weeks from 23rd May until 8th July.

 

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Lest we forget….

This week Phil submitted work to be considered for the Remembrance 100 – Open Art Exhibition, which is being hosted at Carlisle Castle, 21st May – 2nd Sept 2018.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and this Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition will consist of 100 selected artworks which have been made as a creative response to the theme of ‘Remembrance’. 2018 is the centenary of end of the First World War and the start of Remembrance as we know it today.

The brief was to consider the impact of Remembrance and to reflect on the question ‘What does Remembrance mean to me?’

During the First World War, Phil’s Grandfather had served in the Royal Navy as a Stoker 1st Class, aboard the Iron Duke Super Dreadnought-class ship HMS Marlborough.

At 18.17 on 31st May 1916, HMS Marlborough fired the opening salvos in the naval engagement with the German High Seas Fleet at Jutland. At 18.39 the Marlborough was struck by a torpedo fired by the German Cruiser Wiesbaden, tearing a 28 foot hole in the hull, about 20 feet below the waterline. The Marlborough continued in the battle at reduced speed and was eventually escorted by HMS Fearless to the Humber for temporary repairs.

Two of the crew of the Marlborough were killed during the course of the action;

Edgar George Monk – Stoker 1st Class

William Rustage – Stoker 1st Class

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Jutland. ‘Our children shall understand when our fate was changed and by whose hand.’ The Verdicts by Rudyard Kipling

Phil painted this picture in the 1990’s having been inspired by an oil painting of the Marlborough by his Uncle Norman. After he died, Phil was offered his oil paints, brushes and easels and when he went to collect them, saw for the first time a detailed pencil drawing of the Marlborough by his Grandfather who had served on her. The drawing was completed at Devonport Dock and is dated 1914.

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Beneath the tree to the left is a group of large boulders of volcanic ash deposited by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. It stands between Great Langdale Beck and the road that leads west to the axe factory at the Pike of Stickle, amongst the Langdale Pikes seen in the distance. On the eastern face of the rock are a complex series of carvings that consist of several groups of concentric rings with some linear grooves and groups of micro-cups.

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What is amazing is that despite the fact that the boulder is popular with climbers and the whole area popular with walkers and holiday makers these late Neolithic or Bronze Age carvings were not recognised as such until as recently as 1999.

(Gavin Parry 2003)
It is thought that this site was linked in some way with the nearby axe factory; the Langdale Beck valley would have made an easy route eastwards for the transportation of the axe blanks and it could even be the case that the carvings represent a stylised map of the peaks and features of the area.

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Phil’s painting of the boulder is currently on display until 6th September at the     Lake Artists summer exhibition, at The New Hall, Grasmere.


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Metal leaf, coloured ink and beeswax on watercolour paper.

England after the rain

In 2005 Carlisle was unexpectedly hit by devastating floods and 1600 properties were affected directly. Many householders lost everything and when the water subsided, every home affected had a skip outside. It took some over a year  before they were able to return and then on 5th December 2015, when those same residents were preparing to celebrate Christmas, they were flooded out again in the aftermath of storm Desmond’s record breaking rainfall. This time 2100 properties were inundated.

Carlisle is at the confluence of three major rivers, the Rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, and is therefore highly prone to flooding. The city has a long history of flooding with notable floods in 1771, 1822, 1856, 1925, 1968 and more recently in 2005. The 2015 flood level on the River Eden was 0.6m higher than in 2005.

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The 1/8 scale model pictured, is a work in progress and is being created by Phil for C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017. Note the logo on the side of the skip which is the alchemy symbol for gold rising  out of the alchemy symbol for water. It resembles a cocktail glass. Some did undoubtedly profit from the misfortune of others.

The prophesy shown above was on the front page of the 2005 Cumberland News souvenir edition. Today, some properties still have a skip outside. Some homeowners have left for good, their houses up for sale or sold at auction.

Hand to mouth…

On a recent visit to  The Brunswick Yard in Penrith, we got chatting to Sam; a vintner who runs his business Black Hand Wine from there. He describes his business as ‘real wine, organic wine, biodynamic wine, local spirits, local beers, real wine know-how, wine tastings, wine advice, food and wine matching, wine making’. We came away with a couple of bottles of inspiration…

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He also sells bottles straight from the barrel. This week he was offering  a tasty organic vin rouge.

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You buy the bottle as part of your initial purchase then bring it back for a refill.