Grace inspires artists for RNLI exhibition

RNLI Grace darling museum, Bamburgh.
RNLI Grace darling museum, Bamburgh.

Local artists inspired by Grace Darling’s famous rescue 175 years ago are exhibiting their work at the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh from May 26 to June 2.

Artists have found inspiration in Grace throughout the 175 years since the iconic rescue of nine survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire.

From the portraits of Grace painted by Henry Peterlee Parker and Grace’s brother Brooks to the various commemorative souvenirs produced by companies over the years, artists have represented Grace and the rescue in many different ways.

Virginia Mayes-Wright, manager of the RNLI Grace Darling Museum, said: “We have asked local artists to provide us with artistic representations of the rescue to mark its 175th anniversary this year. Our local artists have risen to the challenge, working not just in paint but textiles and print as well, and we are looking forward to a wonderful exhibition which should really capture the spirit of Grace and her remarkable achievement.”

If you are a local artist and wish to contribute to the exhibition there is still time. Email your idea to the museum by Tuesday to

This is the first of two exhibitions under the same title, with the summer exhibition focusing on collections not normally on view at the museum.

For further information about the exhibition, or if you are interested in volunteering at the museum, please contact the RNLI Grace Darling Museum on 01668 214910.