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Draw on Halton - Cathy Rounthwaite

Inspiration for Canals and Rivers prompt from our artist Cathy Rounthwaite #drawonhalton

This work was part of the Markmakers - Artists exhibition in Ellesmere Port Summer 2019.

"This body of work began with my discovery of Mossdale at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, the only remaining all timber Mersey Flat. Built originally as Ruby in 1860, she was designed to carry cargo, pulled by horses or tugs, but still strong and seaworthy enough to navigate the Mersey estuary to the docks at Liverpool. When taken out of service, some of the classic wooden flats were broken up, but many were sunk out of the way in side basins at Runcorn and Chester and on the River Weaver, with only this vessel remaining. Today she is one of the most important historic craft in the North West of England, old and fragile she needs to be protected and preserved and is waiting for extensive restoration work. Some of the wrecked flats have resurfaced and washed up on banks, skeletal and abandoned. Through this fragility, decay and near destruction, the structure and strength of the original vessel is still apparent. Cracked, broken and patched she awaits restoration."

Open Spaces - Series of four photographs

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