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Future Exhibitions


20th October 2018 - 6th January 2019



Voyage is a new installation of sculpture, drawing and music that explores our journey through life and will be shown for the very first time at Poole Museum. Voyage includes work made over the last 15 years by André Wallace; boat-like and architectural structures in translucent resins, iron, porcelain and stone and large-scale drawings and prints, investigate themes of journeying and rites of passage. Composer/performers Susie Hodder-Williams and Chris Caldwell have responded to Andre’s work by composing new music that explores mythical journeying and connections between sea, land and music. These three highly respected and thoughtful artists talk to one another through their work and then invite us to look, listen, feel and ‘be’. The fusion between what we see and hear offers a deep and meaningful emotional experience and promises to connect with people of all ages and interests.

The imagery in Voyage relates strongly to the Museum’s collection and visitors will encounter works by André elsewhere across the Museum.





Calm Before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats

26 January - 22 April 2019


This exhibition presents a remarkable collection of images from the archive of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). For generations, the Beken family in Cowes has photographed maritime activity in the area, creating a significant visual record of Isle of Wight industry and RNLI lifeboats.
‘Calm before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats’ celebrates the digitisation of over eight hundred Beken glass plate negatives. It explores the stories of individual lifeboats and their volunteer crews, from starting service to saving lives at sea.
The exhibition also features photographs made by Jack Lowe as part of The Lifeboat Station Project, an ambitious journey to all 238 RNLI stations in the UK and Ireland photographing the lifeboat crews of today. Jack’s use of a Victorian process to produce images on glass complements the historical photographs of the Beken collection, prompting reflection on generations of lifesaving.

For more information about the project, please click here

Generously supported by:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Christopher Andreae and The Scorpion Trust

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