This Art Exhibition and associated Schools Creative Workshops were initially inspired by a National Trust commissioned report entitled, 'Worrying decline in days out by the sea' of 2015. The report lamented current generations', especially the young's, declining Seaside visits and the associated memories created. Down 20% from 2005. The Midlands were particularly badly effected, Nottingham coming out the worst down 44% with an unshared understanding of British identity between generations affecting Social Cohesion. 

The Survey also says, " the coast remains a big contributor to quality of life and wellbeing".

This report struck a chord with Artist and Schools Workshops creator and deliverer Marcus Clarke having lived as a child in Sheringham and Grt.Yarmouth by the Sea but now living in Nottingham in Central England and so the RSM Sheringham project was created and later funded by Arts Council England.
This report was highlighted by the BBC who are presently revisiting the subject with some special reporting including on Grt.Yarmouth's state and prospects and the part played by North Denes Primary School. BBC
  Schools Creative Workshops for 2019 include Refreshing Seaside Memories

Marcus Clarke as a child
                      moving from New York to EnglandEarly 1960's as a child traveling from Canada to a new life in England at NCH Sherringham, NCH Birmingham and finally Nottingham. Courtesy of RMS Cunard. Hence RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition's Title, Font and Initials. Marcus first found a Childhood Home by the English Seaside at Sheringham's NCH Hooks Hill Orphanage. A Seaside he visits today as the grown up head of a conventional family. This exhibition explores and celebrates those relationships and so much more.

Top Right: Me returning to England Bottom Left & Far Right: With Gordy and Linny my adoptive Toronto parents' children. Centre: With Mum at Niagra.

                      clarke Canadian Family

Schools Seaside Postcard Making Workshop.
The Seaside reflected in a Rock Pool Brand new Schools Creative Arts Workshop.
First held September 2016 Yr 6 Haydn Primary Nottm. Great to see Children making art. Further Schools Workshops were held at Grt.Yarmouth Library with local Schools, St. Georges, Edward Worlledge and North Denes Primary. Great fun and feedback.

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NCH Sheringham
Contemporary Artist Marcus Clarke's
RSM Sheringham Art Exhibition
Refreshing Seaside Memories
The Seaside reflected in a Rock Pool.

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Dates and Venues
RSM Sheringham Exhibition dates and Venues confirmed as
6th to 31st January 2017 at the Floor 1 Gallery, Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row. Nottingham NG1 6HP.

6th to 12th February 2017 The Gallery, Great Yarmouth Library, Tollhouse St, Great Yarmouth NR30 2SH

3rd to 17th April 2017 Exhibition Space, Sheringham Museum, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham NR26

Plans to Tour the Exhibition further to Galleries in Toronto, London, Birmingham and Los Angeles are currently being considered.
12x A6 Postcard sized artworks and 12x A2 sized Artworks with associated Film and other materials as well as a Schools Art Workshop activity.

Upper Right
National Children's Home Sheringham's Entrance.
Below. RSM Sheringham Postcard sized Artworks.

The Art Exhibition opens at the Floor 1 Gallery, Nottingham Central Library. 6th to 31st January 2017

The Art Exhibition Travels to the Fisher-Patterson Gallery, Great Yarmouth Library and runs from the 6th-12th February 2017 Press

The Three Madonna's

After Sheringham NCH Marcus was transferred to NCH Birmingham. The Princess Alice School and Orphanage as it was also known then and Marcus will tour this Exhibition to a Birmingham Gallery.Princess Alice
Below Right
An old Postcard of National Children's Home Birmingham is New Art Enshrinement treated and titled. 'I love you Princess Alice'.

Marcus likes his artworks to have a Childlike, impromptu, unrehearsed quality. To be realized in part in an improvised, ad hoc fashion with the placement of one part or object as dependent on that of the previous placement as the overall design or idea. Creating these works follows his own distinct Puppetisation process, the imbuing of objects and images with some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. He does this by applying his long standing professional puppet making skills, toolbox and materials, combined with his own particular and peculiar, puppeteers sensibility and emotional intelligence. This results in a variety of mixed media collage style fabric, canvas or foam backed works incorporating 2D pictures, photographs, 3D Found Objects, sea shells and beach-combed items with assorted Puppet Making materials.
For this activity he is also adding vintage and broken jewelry in Treasure Trove, Reliquary and Well Dressing style. Emblematic of broken hopes, dreams and relationships. Finished works are vacuum sealed together as if washed over by the Sea and captured in a moment, like a dream or a memory. This combination process he calls, New Art Enshrinement.

Artist Marcus Clarke
About the Artist.

Marcus Clarke is primarily known as a Puppeteer for Children's Television, he is Bookaboo in the Multi BAFTA and other award nominated and winning Amazon Studio's and CBC Canada's Kids TV Series, Bookaboo.

He is also a Puppet Maker and his partnership company, Hands Up Puppets made the UK Channel 5's Milkshake Monkey Puppet and RTE's Ogri Puppet, which featured on Ireland's National Postage Stamp. His work from Little Shop of Horrors, The Storyteller, Dappledown Farm to Milkshake Monkey has been on our screens for over 25 years.

Marcus though went to Art School as a Teenager to become an Exhibiting Fine Artist and in 2010 he decided to get himself back on this Fine Art path. Instead of abandoning all that he had learned in Puppetry, TV and Film he decided to incorporate it into his new Art output and began combining it with conceptual ideas derived from his earlier life and art student works. Here he had inter-played objects and images. Painting on scrap Car parts for example and with illusion by creating collages on Plexiglass and Mirrors.

With this combination of early inspiration, later learned craft making skills, performance ability and perceptive intuition or emotional Intelligence, he created a series of building based works taken from the 2011 British Art Show 7, taking the opportunity to bundle his new artworks and himself as a re-emerging Fine Artist into an Art movement, one that he called PuppetTVGraffiti. He then dedicated it and himself to what he called the Puppetising of objects and images. Imbuing them with some of the qualities of a Puppet. Primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. This gave his new direction or transformation into an exhibiting Fine Artist form and identity. A title.

His latest PuppetTVGraffiti works also build naturally on those of his mentor and former Puppetry Teacher Jim Henson of the Muppets fame and his own early works including the NBC Pipes. Something fellow Puppeteer Frank Oz (Miss Piggy and Yoda) who Directed Marcus in Little Shop of Horrors described as "affectionate anarchy". Combining Puppetry Arts with Conceptual Art now seems perfectly natural to Marcus though he has continued to grow his practice and it has changed. He recently added Antique Jewelry and Found Objects as additional materials and began incorporating his interest in the power of Reliquary, Symbolism and Belief to explore what essentially he always has, where character or life visually begins. Characters, stylised or abstract figures, perhaps just a single eye, are placed by him in a wider image context to describe or imply a story. He utilises text and personal commentary, sometimes just a title, sometimes whole story outlines, to help make the entire resulting work become a unique journey of discovery. Thought provoking too. Lately he has been using Vacuum Sealing to capture and preserve a moment of his work. Adding Gemstones, baubles, jewelry and gold leaf to turn them into something that looks precious, Treasured. He's called this process New Art Enshrinement or Treasuring. "these latest works owe something to the tradition of Derbyshire Well Dressing. I also try to replicate in them the aged, unkempt, slightly disheveled, quirky look of a medieval relic. Hence in the detail there's the odd stray hair or cobweb string, dry cracked card or water stain," (Marcus Clarke). His latest projects using this process include, The Treasured Seaside, The Treasured Forest, The Treasure of Cats and Dogs. In these he uses antique often Victorian images as a base, an original Relic.  "I then Vacuum seal the finished works together to make them shiny, water resistant, to capture them and to seemingly freeze a moment in time," (Marcus Clarke). They can be hung using hangars, cord and pegs, bulldog clips or blue tac. But don't hole, pin or pierce them as they are fragile in this way. "I punctured one accidentally once and it immediately lost its visual edge, it appeared deflated, sad,". Though safely bagged and vacuum sealed these artworks can also be conventionally framed by a professional Picture Framer. They look great like this too. Marcus adds, "I'm becoming increasingly interested in unusual balances in my works, colour, tone, shape and this has driven a whole new range of works called 'Keepsake's and Objet D'art' and some are exhibited here. These odd or curious balances seem somehow to imitate life".

Artistic Statement
“Marcus Clarke's artworks speak with two voices, that of him as an adult and a child because he still is those two people. He creates Contemporary Art, Objet D'art that draws on Medieval Reliquary, Keepsakes, Momentos, Souvenirs and Memorials.
He creates these works using a process he calls New Art Enshrinement which like most of his work is rooted in Puppetry craft and creating the illusion of life. Fundamentally his arts practice is about making belief incarnate. Manifest within his artworks. In doing so he believes he is creating one sort of Treasure from another and immortalizing it”.

Marcus has had three Solo Puppetised, PuppetTVGraffiti art exhibitions funded by Arts Council England this one, RSM Sheringham 2017, DogHorse Coat Feb 2015 both staged at the Floor 1 Gallery, Nottingham Central Library and 'Homeless in the Puppetised City' which was held in a pop up in the Lace Market. That exhibition and the Puppetised Building based artworks was about a homeless Puppet walking the streets of Nottingham imagining local buildings as a potential Puppet Home for him.

Works from this and previous exhibitions are sometimes on sale at Arts Council England’s

Thanks to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA for the few thought provoking and inspiring days I spent with their collection.
Marcus Clarke FRSA