Japanese prints given home at Tullie House

Harvey’s Temple pencil on paper 2021 by Harvey Tye

Three Japanese prints have found a new home at Tullie House in Carlisle.

The prints, from the Derbyshire Schools Library Service, were allocated to the museum after it closed in 2018.

Now, artists in Carlisle have joined others from around the country to create their own art inspired by the objects as part of a celebration project, Travelling Stories, with Buxton Museum.

It gave Tullie House a commissioning fund to work with Prism Arts to respond to the prints.

Anna Smalley, head of collections and engagement, said: “It’s a privilege to receive these amazing Japanese prints.

“We know from our Cultures Collide exhibition that this subject matter is really popular with our visitors, and we’re delighted to be able to expand the collection in this area.

“The fact we were able to collaborate with Prism Arts again has made this project even more special – we are so proud to be adding works from two of their artists into the museum collection.”


The artists from Prism Arts, Jonathan Harkins and Harvey Tye, were selected to respond to the Japanese woodblock prints.

They have worked with Tullie House previously as part of the Cultures Collide project in 2019.

For the Travelling Stories project, Harvey was inspired by the architecture featured in the blossom prints by Toshi Yoshida.

Harvey said: “I found out about new facts and cultures, finding different designs for buildings, having fun and doing my artwork. And it has given me something to focus on during lockdown.”

Kept Apart But Still Tolerant, mixed media by Jonathan Harkins

Jonathon created a mixed media triptych to ‘create unity in humanity’, bringing together Christian and Shinto religious quotes.

Jonathan looked at works by Winifred Nicholson and Van Gogh as part of his research.

The artwork will be part of the Tullie House collection to complement the original Japanese prints.

The finished work can be viewed on the Buxton Museum website and will be presented in an online exhibition which brings together the responses from the whole
Travelling Stories project.

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