BRLSI’s Bath Discovery Trail

Cimean War crosses, reduction linocut print

BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary Scientific Institution) is an important cultural organisation.
Located in Bath since 1824, it has collected over 150,000 unique objects from all over the world. In autumn 2020 the institution secured a ‘Forward to the Future’ Art Fund grant to develop a new website, a stand- alone ‘Artefact Journey App’ and an exhibition in the BRLSI’s galleries in Queen Square.

Four significant objects from the collection have been identified to tell the story of this fascinating institution. The objects selected have been chosen because of their variety of forms, interesting background stories and close relationship with Bath.

Below is a sample of the work I created for collages to support four narratives in the form of trails within the BRLSI’s Bath Discovery Trail App. The app is available to download for free on the App Store.

Trail One: Crimean Relics Trail Artwork

Angel of Peace, Parade Gardens Bath. Pen and Ink Drawing.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Pen and Ink Drawing
Surgical Instruments. Pen and Ink Drawing
British Hospital Ward with Crimean war soldiers. Pen and Ink Drawing.
Bath Royal Literary Scientific Institute in Terrace Walk, Bath. Digital illustration

Trail Two: ‘On the Origin of Species’ a very personal 1st edition

Jenyns Memorial seat, Elizabeth Park, Bath. Reduction Linocut print.
Holburne Museum, Bath. Pen and watercolour drawing inverted.
Darwin’s finches. Ink drawing coloured in photoshop.

Trail Three: Steneosaurus skull from the Jurassic period

Steneosaurus Snout cross section fossil. Reduction Linocut print.
Gate to Bath Abbey Churchyard Sphinx, Linocut print on coloured paper.
Petrifactions, Pen and Ink drawing applied to a digital background.
Sydney Gardens, Bath. Pen and Ink drawing.
Steneosaurus in the shallows. Pen and Ink Drawing superimposed onto a reduction linocut print digitally

Trail Four: Pallasite, a stony iron meteorite, c.4.2 billion years old.

Victoria Park Bandstand, Mixed Media painting recoloured digitally.
Pallasite, Reduction Linocut print edited digitally.
The Circus, Bath. Birds eye view, Collage.
Bath Royal Crescent, Mixed Media drawing
App Home Page Concept preview
Bath Discovery Trail App concept preview, my work featured amongst other work in narrative collages