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With the RNLI set to celebrate 200 years of service, the Jackson Foundation is honoured to host two exhibitions exploring the lifesaving charity’s work in Cornwall through paint, poetry and photography.

Kurt Jackson’s RNLI Cornwall features over 75 paintings varying in scale from postcard sized pieces to large canvasses measured in metres that capture the charity’s iconic blue and orange lifeboats nestled into Cornish harbours and dotted around our coastline. Jackson’s thought-provoking installation Voyagers focusses on the beautiful bags crafted by refugees out of lifejackets and found materials discarded on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesvos.

This exhibition also features a selection of paintings of the old Penlee Lifeboat station, which Kurt has depicted as it was left to stand after the 1981 Penlee Lifeboat Disaster which claimed sixteen lives. A poignant reminder of the sacrifice made. A loss still felt today.

For the duration of this show, the Jackson Foundation will be holding a prize draw to win an original Kurt Jackson painting, with a winner randomly selected at the exhibition’s conclusion. 100% of the proceeds from this prize draw will be donated to support the RNLI.

 This exhibition is complimented by RNLI Cornwall: Through the Lens, which explores the charity’s presence in Cornwall as captured on camera over the last 200 years, featuring contributions from all-action photographer Nigel Millard and Jack Lowe’s project to shoot all 238 lifeboat stations using photographic technology from the 1850’s.