Art and Archaeology
This week sees the return of the archaeology team from Oxford University led by Sir Barry Cunliffe as they continue their investigations into Sark’s fascinating ancient history. This is the tenth season that the team have been here and to celebrate their decade of digging an exhibition of the artwork inspired by their excavations and finds has been mounted at the Sark Visitor Centre. Local artist Rosanne Guille, who studied at the Royal College of Arts in London, has long been interested in the work of the archaeologists and the exhibition features several of her paintings showing the team at work in the Gaudinerie and Tanquerel fields as well as the recent excavations of the cider barn. Ian Cartwright has been photographing both the finds and the work done to uncover them and his images of some of the Neolithic flint axe heads are stunning. The third artist featured is Simon Pressey, an archaeological illustrator who has been producing pen and ink drawings of the Sark finds. He also works in oil paint and the exhibition includes some of this wonderful pieces inspired by Sark’s history and legends. The exhibition continues until 21st July and the Visitor Centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm and 11am to 1pm on Sundays.
Pictures by Sue Daly