Our latest exhibition, running throught the summer, is showing off the canal linocuts of Eric Gaskell.
These atmospheric works depict canal scenes from all across the country and are accompanied by a book on sale in the Museum shop.
Eric Gaskell was born in Wigan, England in 1957 and studied painting and printmaking at Wigan College and Sunderland University. He left art college in 1980 winning two painting scholarships, one to New York and one to Istanbul, as well as the Sunderland Fine Art prize.
“I was brought up near canals swimming and fishing in them as a child, and watching the coal barges chug past. I wanted to produce a series of works from all over the canal system, but in a different light to the traditional canal drawing or painting.
I believe the graphic nature of the varying elements that make up the canal environments best suits a simple, bold linoprint style. The textures and patterns of the pathways, trees and lock gates, the swirling waters as the locks empty, the calm as they wait to be used, and the buildings and bridges that give our canals a backdrop. All these elements twist and blend to create simple yet striking prints.
Each print is handprinted, numbered and signed, by me.”
Cabin Lace Exhibition
An exhibition of filet crochet work, commonly referred to as cabin lace, is now on display in the Island Warehouse. A total of 102 pieces have been made by the members of the BMS Coffee and Crochet Group who meet on Tuesday mornings in the museum. Once the exhibition closes all the lace displayed will be used and displayed in the boat cabins in the museum’s collection. The show will be on display until the end of September