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Fawley

Fawley

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September 17th – October 2nd 2022

An exhibition of objects, artefacts and artworks from the FAWLEY film project which explores the life and decommissioning of the landmark power station, and it’s local connection with the landscape and people.

The display brings together historic images and plans with notes, drawings and paintings from former employees alongside a newly commissioned stained glass window and blast-glass mobile.

Collated and curated by film makers Adam Gutch & Chu-Li Shewring commissioned as part of Urban Wilderness Decommissioning the 20th Century research project.

Associated FREE Quay Arts film screening event: Fawley – Film Screening
(September 22nd, 7pm |  Doors 6.30pm)

List of displayed artwork and objects from Left to Right

1.         Calshot Bird Club – Bird Report (1984), Philip Fawkes
            Cover Illustration: Shag by Kevin Hughes, Black and white photocopies

Philip Fawkes grew up in Ashlett Creek near Fawley. There, on the inter-tidal mudflats that stretched from the bottom his garden to Calshot, he first took an interest in birds. As a teenager in the 1960s, when the power station was under construction, his interest developed into an ‘obsession’. He has continued to write local bird reports ever since.

2.         Fawley Power Station Tour Guides (1986), Black and white photograph

Fawley Power Station Tour Guide Badge, Courtesy of Margaret Tillyer

Maragaret Tillyer was a tour guide (pictured far right) at Fawley for 40 years. She retired in 2012, aged 80, as their longest serving employee. She has lived in Sprattsdown since 1955, her house less than a mile from the site of the power station.

3.         Vera Creed at Ower Farm (c. 1940), Photographic copy, Courtesy of Veronica Ewen

Veronica Ewen was born in 1944 and grew up on Ower Farm, owned by her father and mother, Ronald and Vera Creed. The farm was situated by the marshland which would become the site for Fawley power station.

4.         Abstract shapes: Fawley Power Station construction (c.1964), Veronica Ewen, Black and white photographs

5.         Margaret’s Tour Guide Notebook (1972 – 2012), Courtesy of Margaret Tillyer

Margaret used this notebook to record typed and handwritten notes, technical facts, and to collect newspaper cuttings which she used for guided tours of Fawley.

6.         Memories of Fawley (c.1996), Stan Jones, Oil on canvas

Stan Jones worked at the power station from 1969-73 and 1979-92. This painting was made after he left and combines several elements from his memories of the power station: the steam turbine end of the generator, steam pipework and the boiler front. The foreground panel represents part of the control room.

7.         Frame with honeycomb from a National Beehive (2022), Courtesy of Simon Noble / The Noble Bee

Simon Noble began beekeeping in 2014 after finding a storm damaged beech tree containing a wild bee colony. He has collected swarms from the power station and looks after 70 hives in the New Forest area, some of which are kept in woodland near Fawley.

8.         “It was a Cathedral of Power” (2022), Juliet and Jamie Gutch, Mobile sculpture, marine glass and metal wire

Juliet and Jamie Gutch have been making mobiles together for over 20 years. This piece is made from marine glass fragments salvaged from the turbine hall after its demolition in 2019.

9.         Sea Creature Sketches (1980), Stan Jones, Coloured pencil and ink on paper

Stan made these drawings of trapped sea creatures while working at Fawley, filtering seaweed from the pipes carrying the sea water used to cool the power station’s turbines.

10.       Fawley Power Station (2021), Barrie Whitehead, Stained glass panel

Barrie Whitehead lives in Blackfield, 2 miles from the site of Fawley power station. He started work there in 1977 aged 28 as a shift storekeeper. He left in 1994 and has been working with stained glass ever since.

11.       A Tale of Two Objectors (2018), Colin Thompson, Sketches on paper

Colin Thompson was born in Southampton in 1943. He worked in the Planning Department for Hampshire County Council for most of his career. These sketches are his designs for converting the power station chimney into apartments – part of his appeal against Fawley Waterside’s demolition of the power station.