The Retracing Routledge exhibition is now open!
Crown Street Art Gallery in Darlington is proving a fantastic space for the exhibition, with high ceilings and plenty of light. The walls are adorned with a variety of images that were captured along the route of the 2014 expedition, all the way from Darlington to Rapa Nui.
There are also two excellent films on show as part of the exhibit: one made by Hummersknott Academy art students in collaboration with local arts company Kando Arts; and a second made by language and business students from a high school on Rapa Nui (listen out for the Rapanui language in the film!). Both are unique interpretations of Rapa Nui culture, myths and legends, and it’s obvious that a great deal of hard work, vision and creative talent went into their production.
Additionally there are two very special pieces of art work in the gallery that have arrived all the way from Rapa Nui. Artist Amaya Riva has created a beautiful canvas for the exhibition, and also a pastel impression of a ‘Birdman’ – both linked to the history of the Orongo site on the island, which Katherine Routledge helped to record in 1914.
On Wednesday the exhibition was visited by journalist and writer Nick Thorpe, who gave a very interesting talk and presentation about his own journey to Rapa Nui – on a reed boat! With a short video clip summarising what it was actually like to sail across the Pacific on floating reed mass, Nick shared experiences that made many in the audience gasp! It was great to hear Nick speaking about his visit to Rapa Nui and I’m keeping an eye out for his next book (read more about Nick’s published books HERE).
The Centre for Local Studies, also hosted within the library, has set up a special display about Katherine Routledge and her life as a member of the Pease family. The centre has a reputation for being a great source of information for Darlingtonians – with archival records of local families, businesses and news going back for many generations.
But… I don’t want to give too much away! The best way to see the exhibition is for yourself, just like Andy and Cath who visited on Friday!
A big thanks to everyone who has helped to bring this exhibition to life but a special mention goes to Creative Darlington and Emerald Biogas. Thanks also to everyone who has visited the exhibit so far.
Please see the gallery’s opening hours at the end of this post – and if you are at all interested in a group talk about Retracing Routledge or a guided tour of the exhibition please email me via the contact page on this website.
Retracing Routledge is a free exhibition, open to the public from now until January 14th, 2016.
Opening hours for the Crown Street Art Gallery are as follows: