Category Archives: Fine Art

SALON | Group Exhibition | Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery | 13 Nov – 23 Dec (12 – 2pm)

2 of my Still Life pictures will be on display at the SALON Exhibition at Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham. If you are around Birmingham between 12 and 2pm, feel free to visit the show. The exhibition offers over 100 works of contemporary art for sale by 80 artists from the West Midlands and beyond between 13 November to 23 December 2015.  Works include paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, book and film.

Address:
Waterhall Gallery,
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery,
Edmund Street,
Birmingham,
B3 3DH.

For more information:
http://newartwm.org/exhibition/salon-2015/

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Salt Pans | Bugibba, Malta | 2 October 2014

BUGIBBA SALT PANS Situated on the foreshore of the Bugibba area next to the pier, these salt pans have been known to be here for a very long time. Probably like other sites in the region, a fine layer of sand covered and preserved them in the state they are in, to the 21st Century. The site is a pride of bygone engineering skills, basing it’s unique function on the simple law of gravity. The water flow is directed to different pans, through rock-hewn gutters, and controlled by the use of sluice gates and stone shutters. In other parts, circular channels bring the water level to service other canals that otherwise would be excluded from the system. The workmanship is excellent, particularly when one compares the site to other salt pans around the island. Two large salt-water reservoirs linked the rest by a central canal system furnished the smaller pans with water. Previously there may have been as many as six such reservoirs, some of which have been buried under new development. From the reservoirs, the central channel runs to two different sluice gate systems that service a number of pans, six of them being a uniform square type. A complex circular system of water control connected three of the pans. This system making use of stone shutters and canals, would have served to bring up the water level to the desired level so as to service the other pans further along the system.

Information from: Rural Development for Malta 2007-2013 The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Government of Malta Europe Investing in Rural Areas

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Bugibba Salt Pans, Malta, 2 October 2014

Xwejni Salt Pans | Żebbuġ, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Salt-pans are reputed to have been used here since Roman times. Salt was a valuable commodity in earlier times; Roman soldiers were sometimes paid with salt – this is the origin of the English word “salary”. The Northern Coast of Gozo proved very suitable for this purpose because it had extensive flat stretches of coastal limestone into which basins and channels could be cut by hand. The hot summer climate with strong drying winds was also an important factor. The basic production process is simple; in early summer seawater is fed into a series of shallow basins through a system of hand-dug channels. After concentration and evaporation by wind and sun during the hot summer months, the white sea-salt can be collected and bagged.

© Tony Blood - Drying Salt. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ ,Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Drying Salt. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Store. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Store. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Fishermen | Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta | 29 August 2014

"Yesterday I bought 50 Euros of squid. This, we use it for the bait. So we cut it into pieces like this and they float. But today it stays at the side of the rocks, not so far away. I had no luck, I caught nothing."  Geatano Micallef, Fisheman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

“Yesterday I bought 50 Euros of squid. This, we use it for the bait. So we cut it into pieces like this and they float. But today it stays at the side of the rocks, not so far away. I had no luck, I caught nothing.”
Geatano Micallef, Fisheman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

"You have to be careful where you walk here. When you get to the inlet you have to run and then jump across it but watch your head on the other side because there is a rock. Some rocks fell down years ago and now it's harder to get to the other side."  Fisherman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

“You have to be careful where you walk here. When you get to the inlet you have to run and then jump across it but watch your head on the other side because there is a rock. Some rocks fell down years ago and now it’s harder to get to the other side.”
Fisherman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

"I've been coming here for 10 years so climbing up is easy to me." Fisherman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

“I’ve been coming here for 10 years so climbing up is easy to me.”
Fisherman. Il Blata Tal Melh, Rabat, Malta. 29 August 2014.

Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The main floor has an impressive picture gallery with works by Mattia Preti, Antoine Favray, Francesco Zahra and other Maltese as well as European Artists. Also a collection of 17th- 19th century Spanish, Italian and Maltese silver; a unique wooden altar used for the celebration of Mass on the galleys of the Order of the Knights of Malta; a collection of old relics and reliquaries, sculptures in wood, alabaster and bronze, including a medallion by Alessandro Algardi; maps, coins, prints and rare books among which is King Henry VIII’s ‘Septem Sacramants” written to confute Martin Luther and above all a baroque chapel for the private devotions of the residing chaplains.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Chapel, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Chapel, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Portrait of Pope Alexander VII (Formerly Fabio Chigi Inquisitor of Malta). Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Portrait of Pope Alexander VII (Formerly Fabio Chigi
Inquisitor of Malta). Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

St. Paul’s Grotto | Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The Wignacourt Collegiate Museum at Rabat Malta has been reopened after a thorough refurbishment of the whole building – a baroque residence of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta inaugurated by Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt (1601-1622) as well as of its contents.

St Paul’s Grotto, the cradle of Christianity in Malta, the place where St Paul the Apostle in A.D. 60 is believed to have founded the first Christian Community on the island.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

St. Paul's Grotto. Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

St. Paul’s Grotto. Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014