Plymouth Athenaeum
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
06:30 PM
Derrys Cross Plymouth PL1 2SW
South West England
Athenaeum Plymouth

Join artist Helen Snell as she discusses her ongoing project ‘Neogeographies’; a direct response to the extraordinary prints and images that documented Captain Cook’s three voyages during the 1700s. Helen’s project has been partly supported by The Box, Plymouth, which has provided access to first edition volumes of Cook’s voyages, held in its historically important Cottonian Collection. Helen will talk about her approaches to the subject matter and her sources of inspiration including a recent sailing residency around the Outer Hebrides. She will also elaborate on the variety of laser cutting and water jet cutting techniques she has used to reinterpret the Cook narrative, such as paper wall reliefs, metal sculpture, installations, digitally printed fabrics, 3D printed costume and body sculpture. Prior to this project Helen was the inaugural artist in residence at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth from 2014-2017. She has been working with The Captain Cook Museum, Whitby, Whitby Museum, The Museum of Whitby Jet and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey to develop a ‘Neogeographies’ touring exhibition supported by Arts Council England.