The Lady of Avenel takes artists from around the world to far flung isles off Scotland and beyond. In the past we have taken Chinese artists, European artists and those from further a field to engage in the surroundings of a voyage at sea.
The Lady of Avenel enables artists to make work; whether that’s watercolours, sketching, painting or contemporary displines like performance art on board and ashore in various forms and locations. Artists complete their studies in the ease of a relaxing environment where slowly, they are able to spend time with the subject matter, the light, wildlife and take advantage of a sort of ‘residency afloat’.
This type of charter is a ‘expedition’ for artists and students to explore areas of untouched coastlines and details, at anchor and while sailing (if the person wishes) to extend their skills in working in situ.
CONTEMPORARY ART ON BOARD:
Professor Chris Wainwright, Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, regularly leads a group of artists on an expedition voyage off the Scottish western isles on board Lady of Avenel.
‘WHAT HAS TO BE DONE’ is a cultural network combining UK, European and worldwide partnerships, a group of visual artists, that focus on addressing the increasing level of environmental change and the effects on our relationship with the physical world through art.
The project is inspired by German artist Joseph Beuys, who in 1979-81 sailed as part of a group of artists on the historic Bark the ‘Marques’, the voyage was partially in response to Richard Demarco CBE’s essay ‘The Artist As Explorer’ (1978). At the time the writer and artist Demarco, also a gallerist and promoter of the arts, encouraged groups to explore the notion of ‘journey’ and connect with their environments – on the ship Marques off Scotland in the late 1970’s.
Prof Chris Wainwright is influenced by Demarco’s response in using wind and tide as a vehicle for the ‘journey’ as part of producing art. Chris’ interests lie in the role that artists like Beuys can play in addressing critical issues of the time and the importance of the need to engage with our histories and heritage.
Here are some initial photographs from the voyage. © Chris Wainwright
Joseph Beuys onboard the Bark ‘Marques http://demarco.heroku.com/years/70s/1979
Professor and Artist Chris Wainwright http://chriswainwright.com/projects/