A multi-site exhibition of contemporary vessels by Jack Doherty

New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
5th September  -  9th October 2015

St Ives September festival 12 – 27 September 2015

The navigational reference Waypoint is the title for an exhibition of soda-fired porcelain vessel forms by Jack Doherty. The core of the exhibition will be hosted by the New Craftsman Gallery with an element of the work presented in key non-art sites around the town during the St Ives Festival 12 – 27 September. Waypoint focuses on the historic fishermen’s chapels and traditional places of refuge; St Leonards Chapel, located on the harbour, St Nicholas Chapel, the island and the Fisherman’s Rose Lodge on the wharf.

By placing the vessel forms within a specific site the intention is to create a thoughtful space in which to view the work with sensitivity to the context of place. The aim is to highlight the cultural heritage of the fishing community connecting visitors and local audiences with these historic landmarks and narratives of faith, courage and epic voyages.

Working in soda-fired porcelain Jack Doherty makes vessels based on archetypal forms. The concept for this series of work draws on his personal experiences “I was born into a family of fishermen. As a child the harbour was the most fascinating place in my universe; a space charged with emotional content that shaped my world.”  Doherty’s vessel forms reflect the idea of the harbour not only as a place of shelter and sanctuary but also as a place of fragility, transition and danger.

A series of talk and events will accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Sarah Frangleton and is supported by New Craftsman Gallery | St Ives Town Council | Tony Farrell and the members of the Rose Lodge fishermen’s shelter.

For further information and images please contact:
Sarah Frangleton - Independent Curator and project facilitator | sarahfrangleton@hotmail.com
Ylenia Hasse - New Craftsman Gallery | info@newcraftsmangallerystives.com

St Ives September Festival 2015

Saturday 12th – Sunday 27th September

A vibrant two weeks of music, exhibitions, films, walks, talks and poetry at various venues around the town. The 3rd annual Cornwall Ceramics Trail coincides with this diverse arts event and is an ideal opportunity to discover, meet and engage with potters and ceramicists in their studios throughout the region.

Exhibition 5th September – 9th October 2015
New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives

During the St Ives Festival;
St Nicholas Chapel | St Leonards Chapel | Rose Lodge

Outline of talk information for the St Ives Festival 2015

Lunchtime Talks Jack Doherty.
Waypoint; a multi-site exhibition of contemporary vessels
Wednesday 16th September  -  1pm
Venue - Arts Club, Westcotts Quay, St Ives
Jack Doherty relocated to the harbour town of St Ives to take up the role as first Lead Potter and Creative Director at the Leach Pottery 2008 - 2013. Jack will talk about his recent work providing insight and interpretation into his archetypal vessel forms in relation to his childhood experience growing up in a fishing port on the north coast of Ireland.

A guided walk and talk with Jack Doherty.
Waypoint; a multisite exhibition of contemporary vessels
Meeting Point; New Craftsman Gallery, Fore Street, St Ives
Thursday 17th September – 2.30pm
& Tuesday 22nd September – 2.30pm
A free event; but please book as places are limited 01736 795652
Jack Doherty will lead an informal guided walk and talk to the three locations around the town where his ceramic vessels are sited during the festival. This is an opportunity to discuss the relevance and context of the Fisherman’s Chapels and Lodge in relation to his most recent work.

Ceramics; Site and Place; Sarah Frangleton, Independent Curator
Venue – Porthmeor Studios, Back Street West, St Ives
Wednesday 23rd September – 3pm
Contemporary ceramic artists have challenged the traditional nature of display and context of place beyond the conventional gallery environment. Sarah Frangleton, curator of Waypoint; a multi-site exhibition of porcelain vessels by Jack Doherty considers the expanded field of site-responsive ceramics.

Pray for some fishes and a safe warm bed
Tony Farrell and Jack Doherty
Venue – The Rose Lodge, The Wharf, St Ives
Thursday 24th September – 11am
A free event; but please book as places are limited 01736 795652
A traditional meeting place for St Ives fishermen since 1918, the Rose Lodge and Shore Shelter are a living archive of stories. Local historian, Tony Farrell will be spinning a yarn with Jack Doherty, talking about the history of the Lodges, the decline of a once vibrant fishing industry and the men who risked their lives at sea.