Lancaster Maritime Museum

Artist Christine Leadbetter
Artist Christine Leadbetter

An exhibition of expressive paintings of Morecambe Bay and the Lune Estuary is now on show at Lancaster Maritime Museum on St George’s Quay.

Mud and Tide showcases large and small canvasses, in oils or acrylics, by local professional artist Christine Leadbetter.

Christine is interested in capturing the mood and patterns of her surroundings and stimulating an emotional response.

Her paintings are characterised by her passionate use of colour and her energetic brushstrokes.

Christine said: “My work is inspired by the scale, drama and transience of our unpredictable Bay and exciting coastline.

“The greeting tides, glistening mudflats, magnetic skies, varied shoreline and visible weather bring an individual fascination to every piece.”

To complement the exhibition, Christine is also showing some of her personal collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century porcelain, salvaged from ancient shipwrecks by deep-sea divers.

The porcelain represents Christine’s interest not only in historic maritime objects but also in how objects of great beauty, once thought lost, can emerge from the sands at the bottom of the ocean and tell an intriguing story.

The exhibition runs until 22 June and the paintings are for sale.

Museum opening times from 1 November to 31 March are 12.30 to 4pm, and 11am to 5pm from April 1 to October 31.

Admission is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions.

Accompanied children go free. For more information, email lancastermaritimemuseum@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 01524 382264.

Alternatively, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums.

The Maritime Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council on behalf of Lancaster City Council.