‘Tall Ships & Seashells’ an exhibition by Peter Firmin
UK based charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), offers people from all over the world the chance to come sailing on board one of their two unique tall ships.
One recent participant is illustrator and artist Peter Firmin from Harwich, best known as the creator (along with Oliver Postgate) of well loved children’s programmes such as The Clangers, Basil Brush and Bagpuss, and who is currently holding an exhibition in Kent inspired by his voyages with the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
The 82 year old first sailed with the JST in august 2009 on the trust’s pioneer ship Lord Nelson, after a visitor at a previous exhibition encouraged Peter to carry out a long-held dream of sailing a tall ship. Earlier this year Peter took part in a second voyage this time on the Tenacious in the Mediterranean and has booked a third voyage for the coming spring.
The exhibition in Whitstable this August features lino cut prints including an impressive print of the Tenacious lit up at night in Ythion, inspired by Peter’s second trip with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Along side prints influenced by Tall Ships are a number of prints exploring the sea. The exhibition so far has proved a great success, with the prints selling well and it is hoped to reach its target.
Peter’s donation from the sale of his prints will contribute to the continuation of voyages on the purpose built tall ships. You will find Peter at Gallery 2 of the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable, Kent. The exhibition is running until Tuesday the 17th of August; open daily 9am (Sunday 10am) to 6pm.