I was quietly surprised when I was asked to create 5 pieces for a wedding chapel on a P&O ship sometime in 2014.
Now, my experience of P&O, growing up, was the Dover To Calais ferry – “Shotgun wedding?!’ I thought.
I guessed that this new ship was a little bigger than that so made five beautiful pieces and delivered them to the art consultant who had commissioned them well within the deadline – then I saw the news and nearly fell off my chair!
I had no idea that Britannia was such an amazing ship and I am very proud and grateful to have been included in this collection.
Thank you P&O and Tom & Tessa who found me!
‘Due to be launched in March 2015, Britannia will have a gross tonnage of 141,000 and will measure 329.8 metres (1,082 feet) in length. Looking for the computer generated graphics that have been released she is going to have a more contemporary feeling, building on the best features of existing P&O Cruises vessels with new and innovative features.
The art collection, valued at many millions of Pounds, will reflect the fresh new interior designs on Britannia. The intention is to give the vessel the feeling of a luxury hotel’.
‘Pieces ranging from paintings and bronze sculptures to ceramics and paper wall reliefs have been created by a wide variety of artists
Most of the artists are women, a factor which art consultant Tom Tempest-Radford – who has compiled the collection in conjunction with Britannia’s designers Richmond International – credits with bringing a different feel to the ship.
“Women are better at surfaces and textures and Britannia has a huge variety of really crafted materials that create an incredible depth of flavour,” he said.’