Barrie West

media release

13 January 2010

ART AND POETRY EXHIBITION GOES FROM SHORE TO STORE ‘LOCAL VIEWS’ PROVIDES RETAIL THERAPY AT JOPLINGS IN SUNDERLAND

AN innovative exhibition of poetry and drawings that explore the unique coastline between the Wear and the Tyne opens in Sunderland this week in a first for the city’s Joplings department store.

The exhibition is a haunting and evocative collaboration of words and studies by Sunderland-based visual artist Barrie West and poet James Oates, who lives in Seaham. The graphite drawings chart a stormy journey by boat taken by the artist between the mouth of the River Wear and the mouth of the Tyne.

The art works depict the power of stormy seas breaking against the coastal cliffs, with each study showing a different stretch of the shoreline seen from the sea. Artist Barrie West made his journey by small boat in a storm, precariously recording the power of the waves as he went.

The accompanying poems by James Oates echo the theme of the drawings and take as their starting point the people, industry and natural beauty of the coastline around Marsden Bay. The poems are full of the atmosphere of the South Tyneside coast and evoke memories of well-known local features including: Kitchener’s Gun and ‘the rattler’, reels and hornpipes, pit ponies and colliery life, lime-kilns and quarries.

The ‘Local Views’ exhibition is a first for Sunderland’s flagship department store, Joplings, and hosting the exhibition is an exciting new departure for the store. Joplings owners say that they are delighted to be providing a new and accessible venue on Wearside for exhibitions that have as strong links to region as the store itself. The exhibition is in the store’s Planter’s restaurant and will be providing ‘food for thought’ for shoppers from now until later in the year, when it is hoped that the exhibition will be transferred to Joplings’ sister store in Plymouth.

Click here to read the article on the BBC

The pamphlet which accompanies “Local Views” is “Marsden Bay/Sediment and Sentiment”.

There are a limited number of copies still available; pictures by Barrie West and poetry by James Oates.

Please contact BarrieWestArtist@aol.com

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Dead Dogs and Shipwrecks
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Unlashed



Let me wallow in the pungent odour

Of colliery life,

One more round of Kitchener’s Gun

The clacking-coconut echo

Of pit ponies walking out on bank

I will store these memories

Behind keyless doors


Untie my wits and climb the Rock

I will tell you the tales my mother would tell

Of playing with debris from ghostly wrecks

Games where villains we would repel

And caves are cold and eerie shells


Let me read of minds more open

(Yet not necessarily wiser)

Let me nurture my own philosophies

Quell the thirst of the ‘Temperance Village’

Oh! Bring me the saline lash of sea-song


I will re-write this history

Allow the rhythm of this coastline

To permeate my words

Just give me time to find the

Doorway to my re-invention

Keyless and unlashed.