Canal Art Exhibition 2nd – 29th April 2017 at Audlem Mill, Audlem on the Shropshire Union Canal.
An exhibition inspired by the Canals and Waterways with the Guild of Waterway Artists alongside other artists of the United Kingdom. There will be around 150 paintings on display during the exhibition with my two maps being part of the show.
Location : Audlem Mill Limited, The Wharf, AUDLEM, Cheshire CW3 0DX, UK
The Maps : Over the past year I have been working on a series of maps, which have led me to show them this year at Audlem as part of their Annual Exhibition of the Canals and Waterways. They show a history of the canals and waterways and the diversity of the navigation networks by boat. Illustrated to show the landscape, Industrial scenes from its heyday, alongside what you might see today.
The Cheshire Ring : Taking about a week to complete The route has 92 locks and is 97 miles (156 km) long. It passes through contrasting landscapes between Manchester City Centre and rural Cheshire with views of the Peak District and Cheshire Plain.
The Four Counties Ring : is a canal ring which links the English counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands. This route is commonly used by holiday boaters typically taking about a week to complete it is 109 miles, 94 locks and takes around 56 hours travelling.
A little bit of potted history of the canals : The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire and Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.
The S.U. main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.
The name “Shropshire Union” comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company.
The British Canal System of water transport played a vital role in the United Kingdom’s Industrial Revolution at a time when roads were only just emerging from the medieval mud and long trains of packhorses were the only means of “mass” transit by road of raw materials and finished products (it was no accident that amongst the first canal promoters were the pottery manufacturers of Staffordshire). The UK was the first country to acquire a nationwide canal network.
In its heyday, the canals were the Trunking Routes of the Industrial Revolution seeing fly boats, package boats, alongside many manurfacturing industries transporting their wares. Coal, cotton, potteries, a diverse and important phenomena of its day. I hope I have brought through illustration a vision of its magnificence.