On a sunny day in June we decided to visit a free art exhibition in the Harbour Gallery at The Beacon in Whitehaven. The Beacon is situated near the harbour and I took some photos there before and after our visit. One has already appeared on this blog for a photo challenge. We had to use a temporary entrance at the rear of the building due to building work in progress.
Two local artists Jenni Payne, a founder member of Florence Printmakers and textile artist Angela Strange, staged the exhibition. It is entitled Yan Tyan Tethera: Sheep and wool exhibition and continues until 10th July 2016. Opening times may be found on the website for the Beacon.
Yan Tyan Tethera is Cumbrian for 1,2,3. Jenni Payne’s pictures (in the background of my photos) all have Cumbrian numbers in their titles. Her pictures of sheep are well worth seeing. Angela Strange’s exhibits are made from wool. Some of her felt is extremely delicate. I had not realised that felt could be so fine.
Whitehaven harbour has an interesting history. It was a busy port before Liverpool overtook it in size. Exports and imports through Whitehaven have included coal, chemicals and rum. Nowadays it is used mainly for fishing and leisure, but there are many signs and reminders of its past.