SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
EXHIBITION OF ENDURANCE - AND ANTARCTIC-INSPIRED ART : CERAMICS, FABRICS, JEWELLERY, ENAMELLING
Five members of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance crew had connections with East Yorkshire: they were Charlie Green, John Vincent, Ernest Holness, William Stephenson and Alf Cheetham.
Charlie Green (the cook aboard Endurance and Quest) gave lantern slide lectures in the Hull area for many years and is well remembered by many local residents.
An opening concert on the evening of 2nd July at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in Bridlington featured Stuart Forester and fiddler Carol Anderson, and a new song, 'By Endurance we Conquer', composed by Stuart especially for the occasion.
The Exhibition Yorkshire Ones in Antarctica - Part 2 is at Hull Maritime Community Display Area. The Exhibition was launched on Friday 3rd July and runs to Friday 30th October 2015.
It features textiles ceramics, ephemera and photographic works. 'We are a group of local artists in textiles ceramics and precious metals,' Cathy says, 'who take our inspiration from the Antarctic and the heroic age of exploration.'
(An earlier Exhibition in 2012 commemorated the centenary of Scott reaching the South Pole but then losing his life and the lives of the men with him on the return journey.)
Shackleton and his team intended to cross Antarctica from one side to the other by way of the South Pole but they never set foot on Antarctica.
The photographs of Frank Hurley feature in our exhibition both as cyanotype prints on fabric in Cathy Corbishley Michel's distinctive blue and white wall hanging quilts, and in Vivien Stamford's machine embroidered depiction of Charles Green cooking penguin for 28 on the ice floe and the upturned boat on Elephant island.
The jewellery of Jacqueline Warrington and Avril Cheetham, and Avril's enamelled plaques, are inspired by the Antarctic climate; and Sue Nicholson's felted wool three dimensional creations recreate Antarctic life forms.
Susan Bradshaw is a hat maker who since childhood has been fascinated by the early Antarctic explorers and their heroic endeavours. After coming across photographs by Ponting and Hurley she was eager to research more and has designed hats as a creative response to her research. She has made Shackleton's distinctive wide brimmed hat and iron hat stand,
Penny De Corte's ceramics, which include some delightful penguins, are inspired by nature's forms and creatures. Her art is hand-built and enhanced by burnishing and smoke-firing.
Avril Cheetham is a silversmith who has extended her range to incorporate complex enamel work. Her art expresses her fascination with the sea and weather, and the Antarctic is a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration.
Sue Nicholson lives in Wensleydale and took up felting so that she could enjoy the sensation of handling fleece without having to catch the sheep first! Sue is fascinated by marine invertebrates and has sought to reflect these in hollow vessels and 3D forms.
Jacqueline Warrington designs her own range of jewellery and silverware. Each piece of jewellery is unique, inspiration coming from seascapes and the qualities of the precious metals she works with.
She is currently working on quilt commissions for The South Georgia Museum and the Scott-Polar Research Institute (SPRI) in Cambridge.
Contact email: Yorkshireones@gmail.com