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As an artist and boater, Jim Cooke responds to the quiet mystery of the waterways. His fascination with canals began when he was a child walking, fishing and bird-watching, with his father, along the Coventry, Ashby and Oxford Canals. Aware that these waterways were drifting toward the tail end of their industrial working lives.

Through his photography he embraces the privilege of spending time reacting to the unique atmosphere and components of this man made landscape and showcases  his fascination for the relationship between chaos and order evident in bankside vegetation, the surface flow and the timelessness of water.


‘I’m always looking for visual signifiers that might express my affection for these resonant spaces and my respect for their history of toil.’

Jim Cooke 2016

Still/Sway Part funded by

Arts Council England
Canal & River Trust
Zelda Cheatle

This is a one year project culminating in exhibitions in the following venues;

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
2 June-2 July 2017

National Waterways Museum, Gloucester.
25 August-1 October 2017

Phoenix Brighton.
18 October-12 November 2107

Drill Hall Gallery, Portland.
31 March-29 April 2018