Petroliana: celebrating the lost artform.

25 Jul 2018 – 28 Sep 2018

Portsmouth Guildhall

England, United Kingdom


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The University of Portsmouth Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are delighted to announce the winner, Carl Frederik Wigernes, of this year’s Guildhall Graduate Award. His prize is an exhibition of his final major project on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.


The work is a large set of collectible posters celebrating the incredible craftsman ship and attention to form and functionality in vintage petrol pumps.  The works are collectible items for the avid petroliana collector as well as people with a keen interest for design.  The sets are comprised of nine vintage and one modern pump, as well as seven globes and two signs.  Mainly focused on the period 1900s-1940s the pumps featured are split in to sets of three, each with a different key feature, whether it be the early 1900 hand cranked pumps, or the Art Deco inspired designs from the 1930s.

Predominantly featured in the exhibition are sets of individually printed replicas showing the exact size of the globes and pumps researched, giving a fascinating insight into what they would have looked like if you had pulled up at a gas station in the English countryside in the 1920s.

Accompanying the posters is a book which ties the work together, featuring information about the history of English pumps at the time, as well as an explanation of the design styles of the periods. The body of work analyses, interprets and reveals each of the defining elements regarding each period and pump.

Carl Frederik explains “Having showcased my work at graduate shows in Portsmouth and London, I have been fortunate enough to receive two awards for the project; the Guildhall Graduate Award and the Art Collection Award.  I would like to personally thank the educational team, in particular Sarah Houghton, Dan McCabe and Mike Harkins for their support, guidance and help with the project and planning of the exhibition, and their encouragement throughout my time at the University of Portsmouth.”

Petroliana: celebrating the lost artform is part of an ongoing collaborative exhibition programme hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Portsmouth Cultural Trust to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall.  The aim is to offer students and alumni an opportunity to showcase their work to a broad public audience, developing their professional creative practice.

Exhibiting artists

Carl Frederik Wigernes

Taking part

Faculty of  Creative and Cultural Industries University of Portsmouth

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom


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