Line Caught and Local: documenting Cornwall’s inshore fisheries

drawing of two fisherman in yellow oilskins
‘Two mackerel hand-liners, a chat at sea June 2014’

I went to the private view for Kurt Jacksons new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on Thursday. Line Caught and Local, his new collection was made largely in situ, whilst working alongside the inshore fisherman from the ports and harbours on the West coast of Cornwall. It is an amazing record of fishing today. I particularly loved the drawings he has made of the fisherman at work like ‘Two mackerel hand-liners having a chat at sea, June 2014’.

A documentary of the inshore fisheries in Newlyn is a project I have been wanting to do for sometime. But I have always been puzzled how best to catch the real action at sea. I have tried drawing on boats before, and although I don’t easily get seasick I found concentrating on my drawing was enough to bring the sickness on. So I was particularly impressed that Kurt managed to get the amazing drawings he did working while under the cold wet, seasickness inducing conditions he must have been working in. When I asked him how he managed it he said that he found the sickness was worse on the one occasion his materials ended up in the fish hold and he couldn’t draw.

The exhibition is open until January 25th and I would really recommend you go and see it if you can.