Saturday, 11 April 2009

Peter Daglish at Chelsea Futurespace

An exhibition entitled "Wall Hangings - A Collaboration" by Marian & Peter Daglish opened at CHELSEA Futurespace on April 15th and runs until June 21st. It is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 6 pm, admission free.

The brochure which accompanies the exhibition notes that the designs by Peter were produced by his wife Marian:

These works were made using the "Punchwork" method: Peter would draw directly onto stretched Osnaburg canvas, a type of coarse linen, which Marian then perforated and stitched using a hollow needle filled with yarn to create a kaleidoscope of vivid colour and warm textures.

Marian Daglish passed away in 2008, and the exhibition is a celebration of their life and work together.

CHELSEA Futurespace is a collaboration between Chelsea College of Art and Design, Future City Arts and St James Homes. This gallery is situated in the Hepworth Building at Grosvenor Waterside, a new residential development near Chelsea Bridge.

Address: CHELSEA Futurespace, Hepworth Court, Grosvenor Waterside, London, SW1W 8QP

Uppies and Downies 2009

Easter is the time for the annual Uppies and Downies games in Workington. With a history stretching back hundreds of years, three games are played on Good Friday, Easter Tuesday and the following Saturday.

Of these, the Tuesday game is considered by many to be the most prestigious as this was the original match day. The local Daglish family has started the Tuesday match for as long as the games have been played, and also participated in many.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Daglish (pictured above) threw the ball in - the first woman to do so since 1941. The match was won by the Uppies, who also won on Good Friday giving them a 2-0 lead. However the Downies salvaged some pride with a win in the last match which, at 40 minutes, was one of the quickest in recent times.

The future of the games has been under threat for some time as Tesco plans to build a new store on the area where the games are played.

Pictures from the Workington News & Star.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Joseph Daglish watch

Last year, I was fortunate to find a pocket watch for sale made by the Alnwick clock maker Joseph Daglish. The watch is hallmarked 1814 and has an enamel face with gold coloured hands.

It has now been restored to working order with the help of our local antique clock shop, Times Past in Eton High Street, and is keeping good time - with a distinct loud ticking produced from itsa verge movement.

The name of Joseph Daglish is engraved inside the watch.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

DNA Study includes Daglish name

A paper has recently been published by researchers from the Department of Genetics at Leicester University. This looked at 40 British surnames and their variants - including the names Daglish and Dalgleish.

Some years ago the researchers - Professor Mark Jobling and Dr. Turi King - contacted people with the surnames being studied requesting DNA samples. I know of at least two Daglishes who were contacted in this way at the time and provided samples. Under the terms of the study, the identities of the participants are confidential; the results are by surname only.

The results are interesting, providing some good matches with those in our own Daglish DNA Study. These include exact matches for the names Daglish - and some very close matches with the results for the name Dalgleish. This does seem to provide more evidence for a possible link between the names and I have now added the names Dalgliesh and Dalgliesh to the scope of the Daglish DNA Study to try to investigate this further.

The results of the study can be found in the Supplemental Table here, and the full article here.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Peter Daglish exhibition in Calcutta

This month sees Peter Daglish in India for a joint exhibition with Amal Ghosh entitled "Vitreous Enamels & Linocut Prints". The show - which features linocuts by Peter and enamels by Amal Ghosh - is at the Ganges Art Gallery in Calcutta. It opened on January 14 and runs until January 31.

Ganges Art Gallery: Exhibition guide includes images
Review - from Kolkata Mirror

In its notes about the exhibition the Gallery writes:

Peter Daglish’s incisive linocuts hark back to the graphics of Hogarth and Daumier. Linocuts are relief print produced in a manner similar to woodcut.

The wooden block has a thin layer of linoleum which can be cut away in any direction to produce a raised surface that can be inked and printed, producing either monochromatic or multi-coloured images.

Daglish makes incredible use of the medium’s strong graphical potential to exploit the bold patterns which are integral to his work. His use of colour, while exuberant in its own terms, also allows for shading and texturing the image.

Daglish’s linocuts brim with the fineness and foibles of the human condition and are both perceptive and funny. He is able to explore the earthy and quotidian as a reproach to the spiritual and a negation of the ideal and is able to perceive incongruous relationships and express them in a pointed manner.

His women are celebrations of pure energy: stylized, curvilinear and more than faintly kinky. Their sensuous lips and extravagant hairdos show the artist’s taste for precise detail and stylized though highly idiosyncratic motifs.

In what they encompass or allude to, these works transcend the beautiful, the comic, the grotesque or even the quest for objectivity. They are a relentless scrutiny of the world ranging from scathing social commentary to opulent ornamentalism. On all scores, though, the artistic attention is contemplative rather than confrontational.