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From the Loft Floor

16 September 2013 — 13 January 2014

From the Loft Floor at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall - an exhibition featuring stunning illustrations.

This stunning new exhibition features illustrations by local artist Anna Cattermole documenting the work of Luke Powell of Working Sail.


Luke and his team specialise in building traditional wooden pilot cutters and the exhibition provides a unique insight into the construction of these beautiful vessels which plied their trade around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the latter half of the 19th century.

Anna’s reportage drawings, produced on location in the boatyard, record the traditional methods and materials used and the skills and knowledge of those involved. This work is also supported by a display of traditional tools, models and documentary film footage.

Anna says: “All these reportage drawings were made on the spot, while I sat for hours at a time in the rain, snow and sun. Water dripped onto my page and sawdust blew around and into my paint. I loved being in Luke’s yard immersed in everything that was going on, a part of what was happening, but outside of it observing and recording.”

The From the Loft Floor exhibition is open now at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and runs until 13 January 2014.