While visiting Bristol recently I visited the museum where there was an exhibition of art by New World Artists. These are some of the artworks:
“An unusual evening”, created out of a pile of books whose spines have been painted
Experiments in flight, painting on birch wood
a painting by Sylvia Ji
wet tea party
the fish market
mixed media collage, the flood
mixed media, Svarovski crystal – Cerberus
and finally, my favourite – requiem for the raven queen
19th July was the 40th anniversary of the return of the SS Great Britain to her home port of Bristol. Ignorant of this fact we decided to visit the restored ship and museum, not realising that it was going to be inundated by visitors! The SS Great Britain was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. At first she served as a passenger ship, then as a wind jammer (when her engines were removed) when she was transporting coal and finally as a transport ship for the emigrants to Australia.
Visitors first pass through the museum and then on to the ship herself. When you consider that maximum capacity was over 600 the conditions for the less well-off passengers must have been awful especially on the long crossing to Australia. The cabins were minuscule and the beds were short and very narrow.
a Dutch houseboat, complete with onboard garden, docked at Bristol