For Those In Peril..

23 Jun 2017 – 12 Jul 2017

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Daily including Saturdays and Sundays. 11am-4pm

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Gage Gallery

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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John Wilkinson’s most ambitious project to date. Paintings, sculpture and an audio installation combine to create a journey through Arctic waters in this homage to Merchant Navy seamen and women.


For those in peril... will include paintings, sculptures and an ambient audio backing, and will take the viewer on a journey from Liverpool to Murmansk and back, seeking to evoke a sense of what it was like to sail on the Arctic Convoy runs of 1941-45 as an ordinary merchant seaman on a general cargo vessel. The Exhibition is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the sailing of the most famous convoy, PQ17. It will be constructed as an audio visual installation and will also feature information about the convoys, including but not confined to PQ17. Central to the exhibition will be a series of paintings presenting the journey through the eyes of an ordinary merchant seaman engaged in the Arctic Convoy runs of 1941-45. The sailor will not be identified in order to avoid over personalising an endeavour that more than 66,000 sailors participated in, with over 3,000 losing their lives as a result. However, the journey depicted will be that of the SS Navarino, a 4,841 tonne general cargo ship typical of the British merchant fleet at the time, and sunk from the middle of PQ17 on the 4th July 1942. Whilst the magnificent efforts of the Royal Navy will not be ignored, the exhibition is intended as an homage to the work of (extra)ordinary civilians who, on unarmoured and largely unarmed merchant ships, ensured that the essential equipment to keep the Russian front supplied kept flowing in one of the most important and least known theatres of the Second World War. John Wilkinson has been working as a full time artist since 2012, and his work draws on images of industry and deindustrialisation to both explore change and to highlight the untold histories of the industrial working class. John has exhibited in Sheffield, London, Liverpool, Congleton, Northwich and Rotherham, and last year undertook a 6 month residency at Sheffield’s Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, creating works that evoked a sense of what it would have been like to work at the site in its industrial heyday. He works to themes, in an expressive and atmospheric style, and sees the exhibition as an installation comprised of discrete elements that collectively can seek to overcome the limitations of painting as a narrative form.

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John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson

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John Wilkinson

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