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Moot and Other Tales: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

‘Moot and Other Tales’ is a series of book and single image narratives based on real events and detail photographs from textured objects scattered around Aldeburgh in Suffolk. 

The name “Aldeburgh” derives from the Old English ald (old) and burh (fortification), although this structure, along with much of the Tudor town, has now been lost to the sea. In the 16th century, Aldeburgh was a leading port and had a flourishing shipbuilding industry. Aldeburgh’s importance as a port declined as the River Alde silted up and larger ships could no longer berth. It survived mainly on fishing until the 19th century, when it also became a seaside resort. As a popular tourist town it has a thriving artistic as well as festival tradition on which some of my work draws.

Aldeburgh  is currently 'on the edge'  in a number of ways:

- geographically it is extremely vulnerable to encroachment of the sea. Half the land originally occupied by Aldeburgh in the middle ages has now disappeared through both gradual erosion and storm disasters. The sea is currently held at bay with barriers and groynes, but the area is threatened in the longer term by global warming.

- to the North the skyline is dominated by Sizewell nuclear power station - with periodic leaks though none so far serious. The current strategic government focus on nuclear energy and likely development of the new nuclear power station at Sizewell C will lead to profound ecological and economic changes.

'Moot Histories: Aldeburgh written in stone' gives a rough historical overview of Aldeburgh and its uncertain future. Illustrated with imaginary scenes developed from iPad photographs of found images in the flint stonework of the Moot Hall, now a museum.'

'A Mermaid's Tale'  an imaginary narrative about gender violence based very loosely on re-reading of local folk tales about mermaids, wild men and sea monsters. Illustrated with iPad photographs of found images in wooden boards by the fishing boats along the beach.

''When Carnival Was Cancelled'': is an experimental Moving Image work bringing together video and photographs from Reflections in Grey a VCAP photobook about Lockdown holiday in 2020, with nostalgic memories of 2016 Carnival.   

Aldeburgh sketches, etchings and drypoints: Reworked and new life sketches of Aldeburgh from 2016 until December 2022 in a new sketchbook, some of which are further developed as a narrative series of etchings or drypoints.

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