Exhibition of Jack Lowe’s lifeboat photographs opens next week

On 28 April, a free exhibition at the National Library of Wales will open to celebrate the amazing photography of one of our dedicated supporters, Jack Lowe.
12x10 inch Ambrotype by Jack Lowe of Female Aberystwyth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Crew

Jack Lowe

Women crew at Aberystwyth RNLI

Three years ago, Jack set out on a journey to capture all 238 of our lifeboat stations using wet plate collodion – a Victorian process that creates stunning photographic images on glass. It’s the first project of its kind which will capture every station and many of the crew members who make up the RNLI’s lifesaving family. Jack is nearly half way through his challenge – with 138 stations left to visit

To make this exhibition possible, the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth bought a selection of Jack’s prints for the National Collection of Welsh Photographs last year. Each of these powerful portraits is of Welsh lifeboat stations and their volunteer crews.

The Lifeboat Station Project has become one of the biggest photographic projects ever undertaken and is set to be completed in 2021. Excitingly, the exhibition will be the very first showing of prints from the Project.

Lifeboat Fun Day

If you’re free next Saturday (28 April) from 11-3pm, feel free to attend the ‘Lifeboat Fun Day’ at the National Library of Wales. This will be a celebration of the start of the exhibition and will mark Visit Wales’ ‘Year of the Sea’ (a year-long celebration of the Welsh coastline). Jack will be at the Library throughout the day to give demonstrations of his unique style of photography.

There will also be a welly wanging contest, a lifeboat on display and activities for children. Also, to help raise awareness of the RNLI’s Mayday fundraising campaign, the Library building will be lit up yellow.

If you’re not available next Saturday, you can visit the photography exhibition, for free, until 9 March 2019.