Mural, Falmouth Docks

16 January 2015

Press Release
Watershed: Tuesday 24 February to Monday 2 March 2015 – The Poly, Falmouth 

Invite and poster-final  watershedThe beginning of a journey starting in Falmouth Docks, using Shed 53 as a studio and the start of an artistic relationship between two painters.

 The Mural, Falmouth Docks

As you look at the mural, unconventionally, the narrative starts on the far right with the cliff, industrial waterways, the Docks and the workers going about their daily business. The artists invite the audience to venture beyond the docks into the estuary and sea on the left side of the painting, highlighting the contrast between the dockyard and space – the man-made and elemental.

This exhibition at the Poly contains work in a variety of mediums created by both artists prior to the mural and since it was completed, including a short film and slideshow documenting the progression of the mural. There are similar underlying themes in Vicki’s and Juliet’s work which can be seen both in the mural and in their individual work.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 24 February 2015, with a Private View in the evening and is open the public until Monday 2 March.

Vicki is a Falmouth painter, illustrator and teacher and obtained an MA in Authorial Illustration from Falmouth University in 2013. Juliet, originally from Hertfordshire, moved down from London to Falmouth in 2011 and graduated with an MA in Fine Art in 2012.

Vicki Gillow and Juliet Walshe started working together when they collaborated on a large mural, commissioned by A&P and Falmouth Art Gallery and installed in August 2014 at Falmouth Docks. Since completing the mural, the artists have continued to collaborate on a range of work inspired by water and the coast.

About the mural, Vicki says, “This depicts Victorian brickwork buildings, modern hangers, sheds, workers, various cranes, machinery and vessels. Road markings, railings and vehicles, in and around the docks, punctuate the space with repeated rhythms and pattern. The far left of the painting is much looser and is intended to represent the unpredictability of the weather and sea itself leading out into the open sea, beyond the shores of Falmouth.’

Juliet says, “In our many discussions, we discovered that both of us make work that has been intrinsically linked by our emotional connection with Carrick Roads, the surrounding landscape and the space beyond.”

Vicki and Juliet hope to continue collaborating and exhibiting work together in the future.

Contacts:

Vicky Gillow: gillowsfal@talktalk.net Telephone: 07812432834
Juliet Walshe: www.julietwalshe.com Telephone: 07919 411397

ENDS

Notes on Watershed Exhibition and the Mural, Falmouth Docks

Viewing the Mural, Falmouth Docks

As you look at the mural, unconventionally, the narrative starts on the far right with the cliff, industrial waterways, the Docks and the workers going about their daily business. The artists invite the audience to venture beyond the docks into the estuary and sea on the left side of the painting, highlighting the contrast between the dockyard and space – the man-made and elemental.

Why water?

Vicki Gillow was born and lived with her family in Feock and the estuary was her playground. The deep channel of these waters was home to ships such as the Methane Princess and SS Uganda that were moored beyond the King Harry Ferry. This area of the River Fal seemed like an elephants’ graveyard for boats waiting to be either re-commissioned or to be scrapped.  Vicki remembers being in awe of these gigantic vessels as she played on the shore of the gentle river.

Juliet Walshe spent childhood holidays in this part of Cornwall and has vivid memories of the Carrick Roads, particularly the King Harry Ferry and St Mawes. These early recollections have been an influence on her work since 2011, and she has developed a strong connection with this part of Cornwall

Why Shed?

The artists were given Shed 53 in the dockyard for their studio – a vast space, as big as an aircraft-hanger, smelling of animal feed and roosting gulls and pigeons, became their creative space. These smells, sounds and energy of the docks enveloped them as they progressed on the mural.

2014

14 August 2104

Two articles in local newspapers. All done now!

Maritime mural unveiled at Falmouth docks in time for Tall Ships

West Briton

VISITORS arriving in Falmouth by ship will be greeted with a colourful giant mural depicting the docks.

The two-year project by Falmouth University graduates Vicki Gillow and Juliet Walshe has finally been unveiled.

Eighteen metres across and two metres high, the work starts with a cliff-edge and goes on to show the backdrop of the Roseland and platforms behind the docks.It continues with Victorian brick buildings, cranes, machinery and vessels and even marks in the roads and vehicles in and around the site.

As it finishes, there is a depiction of the ocean and skies beyond.

It stands on County Wharf and was created on 15 separate sheets of marine plywood, which have now been mounted on a concrete wall.The wall extends 75 metres and there are plans for other artists to be given a chance to continue the mural.

Falmouth Art Gallery commissioned the work, along with A&P, which operates the docks.Henrietta Boex, director of the gallery, said: “This is a really excellent example of how partnerships between local businesses, schools and artists can make creative and vibrant projects happen.”It was a legacy of the 2012 Splash arts festival and inspired by children from Marlborough Primary School.

Funding was provided by Arts Council England and Travis Perkins.The mural was unveiled on Tuesday to guests, including Councillor Geoffrey Evans, who was mayor when the project began.

Drystan Jones, port operations director of A&P, said: “We’re delighted with the mural, which brightens up an otherwise dull wall and gives a fantastic welcome to visitors arriving in Falmouth on board cruise ships and for the Tall Ships regatta.”

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Maritime-mural-unveiled-Falmouth-docks-time-Tall/story-22729174-detail/story.html

Falmouth Packet – 15 August 2014
New mural unveiled at Falmouth Docks

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11409960.New_mural_unveiled_at_Falmouth_Docks/

6 August 2014

The Mural at Falmouth has been installed and will be unveiled on Tuesday 12 August.

Mural Aug 2014
18 July 2014

180714 Falmouth Docks Mural Project Press Information

Press Information – for immediate release
Falmouth Docks Mural 18 July 2014

Recent MA Falmouth School of Art Graduates Vicki Gillow and Juliet Walshe collaborate on a large mural for A&P, at Falmouth Docks. This will be unveiled on Tuesday 12 August.

Vicki is a Falmouth artist and teacher and obtained an MA in Illustration: Authorial Illustration, in 2013. Juliet, originally from Hertfordshire, has lived in London for most of her life and moved down to Falmouth in 2011 and graduated with an MA in Fine Art in 2012. This is the first time they have collaborated together and have plans to do more work including a joint exhibition in the summer.

The mural was commissioned with the brief to give residents and visitors to Falmouth a pleasing vista instead of the drab concrete blocks which houses coal, glass for recycling and woodchips in the cargo bays. The artists have created an 18 metre long by two metre tall mural on marine ply boards that will be mounted in front of the block. These extend some 75 metres and there are plans for other artists and local school children to continue the mural. The project is being managed by Charlotte Davis from Falmouth Art Gallery.

Unlike most paintings that are read from left to right, this mural is intended to be read right to left, allowing the viewer to take in the narrative from the interior of Falmouth Docks to the exterior elemental ocean and skies beyond. The painting starts with a depiction of the cliff edge, with a backdrop of the Roseland and platforms behind the docks running through the central part of the mural.

This continues with red Victorian brickwork buildings and a dedication to the workers and managers going about their daily business. Various cranes, machinery and vessels are featured punctuated by the shapes of paraphernalia and marks in the roads and vehicles in and around the docks. The far left of the painting is much loser and is intended to represent the unpredictability of the weather and sea itself leading out into international waters beyond the shores of Falmouth and Great Britain.

This project was commissioned by Falmouth Art Gallery, BID Falmouth and A&P to be completed for the Tall ships Regatta in August 2014. The artists would like to thank Travis Perkins (Penryn) for providing materials and for their support of this project.

ENDS

26 June 2014

The Mural

Mural News update….Vicki Gillow and I met up with the Client, A&P and Falmouth Art Gallery earlier this week. The mural is likely to be installed around 11 July.

The unveiling will be soon after that. I will post an update as soon as I know.

2 May
Day 7. Nearly there….

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Day 7 Sat 3 May 4

Day 7 Sat 3 May 3

Day 7 Sat 3 May1

Day 7 Sat 3 May
27 April
Day 5 and 6 done! We had a very busy weekend in Shed 53, down at Falmouth Docks. Vicki Gillow and I popped into speak to Keith Sparrow, who presents the Electric Radio Show, on Source FM. This starts 17 minutes in until 40 minutes.
http://www.mixcloud.com/keefsparrow61/electricradioshow-26414/

15 April
Day 3. We are making progress.

Juliet Walshe painting

Juliet Walshe painting

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6 April
Day 2. We have started to paint the Mural

 

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Juliet Walshe painting

 

1 April
The Mural at Falmouth Docks has started. I am working with fellow MA Falmouth Graduate, Vicki Gillow.

Our new studio. Shed 53

Our new studio. Shed 53

Day 1 Tues April 11

 

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