Saturday, 21 April 2012

Abandon Ship Memorial@ ARTCARBOOTIQUE, Chapter

Nearer My God To Thee, Performance 15.04.2012 2.20pm


Mound of Ice poured onto platform

Stand on Ice barefoot

Ring the bell

Deep Breath

Close eyes

Sing loud and clear Nearer My God To Thee

Nearer my God to thee, Nearer to thee
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me
Still all my song shall be
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer my God to thee, Nearer to thee

Though like a wanderer the sun goes down
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone
Yet in my Dreams Id be
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer to thee

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven
All that though sendest me, mercy given
Angels to beckon me
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer to thee

Abandon Ship Exhibition Documentation

Lost with Vessel Drawings
Portraits of Jack Phillips, Cpt Edward John Smith and Wally Heart
Ink drawing

Lost With Vessel, Video Installation
Life Jacket
Fabric, paper
Ink Drawing

Last Supper
Food installation

Farewell Port, Video Installation

Farewell Port

After a busy start to April it is a pleasure for me to share the fruits of my labour with you. Here are some installation shots of my work at Stapleton Road Tavern, Bristol. The opening was fantastic- people feasted on samples of the 2nd class and 3rd class passenger menu for the fateful eve of April 14th 1912. The debris from the feasting added to the sense that the space had been abandoned in haste. The noise of the ships leaving port in Farewell Port echoed throughout the space, whilst Captain Edward John Smith appearing to be confused and distressed in Lost With Vessel loomed over us in the main bar area.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Install Begins!

Farewell Port 2012, film still

Lost With Vessel 2012, film still

Install of the show is underway and I am very excited about exhibiting my new work. I will be showing two new films, a sound installation and a set of drawings. The work has been laboured over and carefully made for each nook and cranny of the Stapleton road space.
Exhibiting my drawings is a relatively new aspect to my practice. My drawings are a result of the Edwardian imagery generated from the Titanic disaster- I have instinctively responded to the portraits of the deceased and spent time applying each detail and feature with great respect and attention. This medium has also enabled me to focus on the heroes and heroines of the titanic disaster that inspire me the most.
I will be making a new performance this Sunday at the ART CAR BOOTIQUE at Chapter. The performance is called Nearer My God to Thee and is a simple memorial to those who perished a 100 ears ago to that day in cold icy waters.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


After forty years of sailing, Captain Edward John Smith was forced to order everyone to ‘Abandon Ship’ after hitting an iceberg on April 15th 1912. The Titanic sank two hours and forty minutes later, plunging 1500 people to a watery grave.

ABANDON SHIP! is an installation by Cardiff based artist Kathryn Ashill, which explores the tragic sadness of a sinking vessel and the urgency of having to jump ship.

You and your guests are invited to the private view of the installation work on Thursday the 12th of April. 7pm-9pm.

1-3 Stapleton Road, Easton,Bristol, BS5 0QR

This project is curated by Hand in Glove.

Stapleton Road Tavern

Here are images of Stapleton Road Tavern, an abandoned pub which is the newest venue for Art in Bristol. Hand in Glove, an artist collective, who are nomadic and run exciting exhibition programmes across Bristol City have put together a number of exhibitions for their newest space on Stapleton Road. I will be showing my installation work ABANDON SHIP! from 12th of April- 14th April. I am really excited for the private view as I am preparing a memorial feast that includes the last meal the 2nd class passengers ate on board the fated Titanic.

For more information on this space and Hand in Glove visit: