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Temporary Exhibition 2006: Philippa Troutman

19 November - 10 December 2006:

The Shanties of Ribblehead
along the line of the Settle-Carlisle Railway

Philippa Troutman: image: The Shanties of Ribblehead (60Kb)
Philippa Troutman: The Shanties of Ribblehead

An exhibition of prints, drawings and text by Philippa Troutman
at The Folly, 19 November - 10 December, 2006
Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
11a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission

Philippa writes:

I live in a railway house on the site of one of the former Shanty towns of Ribblehead.

I read, some years ago, that there were no known photographs of the thousands of people who lived here, at Ribblehead, when the Settle-Carlisle railway was under construction in the 1870s.

I drew and painted the landscape. I walked the landscape. The massive presence of the railway and the absence of the people and their homes became my main visual concern.

This exhibition is drawn from living here, walking the landscape, researching from texts of the 1870s and contemporary historical and archaeological articles and books.

I am a printmaker and have created etchings, screenprints, drypoints, drawings and paintings concerned with the lives of the Shanty dwellers. Each image is accompanied with text.

I hope the work will contribute to this remarkable place

The Arts Council

The Arts Council has grant-aided this exhibition.

The award from the Arts Council is supporting the local Arts economy in many ways.

The exhibition space at The Folly (the Museum of North Craven Life) is administered by a charitable trust and is being funded by this grant to enable it to open for this show.

With grant support, a local bookbinder and picture framer have been employed for the exhibiting of the work.

Further, schools, colleges and other local interested groups are being invited to attend to meet with the artist at the exhibition site.

It is intended that the show should tour.

Art Connections ( supports professional artists and makers in North Yorkshire and has contributed to the realisation of this exhibition through mentoring support, marketing advice and information.

The following links (which will open in a new browser window) to other websites may be of interest

For more information on Philippa Troutman, see: her page on the Art Connections webste

Temporary Exhibitions for other years may be found by clicking on the relevant links below:


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