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Nickie Carlyon



I have been a practising artist since 2012 and am based in Cornwall with a studio at Trewidden Gardens, Penzance. I am a painter and work in oils: my subject matter crosses between the figurative and the landscape. The ideas behind my work are informed through travel and research into social history.

The Pilchard Project came about from researching the origins of Huers, their huts, the cellars and stores, and the history behind this amazingly lucarative Cornish industry until early 20th Century. The fish merchants employed the Huers to search the sea for the arrival of the pilchards, this was announced by the shouting Hevva, Hevva through a trumpet from vantage points on the cliffs. They then guided the seine with a form of semaphore made from gorse dipped in white wash or covered in calico.

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