DFDS Appoints Artist in Residence to Illustrate the Art of Travel
DFDS has appointed Isabelle Therese Moreau as its
artist-in-residence. The appointment is part of the award-winning ferry
operator’s plan to illustrate the romance and excitement of travelling by sea,
and inspire more travellers to experience ferry travel for themselves.
Moreau is a highly respected and world-renowned mixed media artist, whose
varied career has spanned over two decades in both the UK and Australia. Moreau
has been exhibiting her work for 25 years, often in conjunction with
residencies, including the Millennium Dome and throughout Europe and Australia.
After 15 years of working for the BBC and running art colleges in the South
East, Izzy moved to Sydney to establish the Moreaux Art School and continued her
television career with ABC and Channel 9 in Australia.
As an integral part of her residency with DFDS, Moreau will run a
number of art workshops onboard the ferry operator’s cross Channel and North Sea
routes, which will explore the different elements of sea travel. These will be
used as part of a final exhibition looking at capturing the “art of travel”,
which will then tour the ships and ports in Newcastle and Dover.
Art workshops onboard
The onboard workshops will be free of charge and will take place on our
Dover-Dunkirk service on Saturdays 4th and 11th October on the 10am service from
Dover and the 2pm service from Dunkirk. Children and other passengers travelling
on those sailings will be able to take part in the workshops (subject to
availability*), which will be run in the Food Express restaurant situated next
to the children’s play area onboard.
An additional workshop will take place onboard Princess Seaways on Tuesday
7th October at 11am-1.30pm for a group of local schoolchildren.
The interactive art workshops will focus on different print making methods
and passengers will be able to capture their experiences and memories with their
own mono or lino prints. Moreau will then curate exhibitions of these passenger
prints in Dover and Newcastle, as well as incorporate a selection of them into
one of her final artworks, which will also form part of the exhibition.
As well as the passenger work, Isabelle will create another final piece that
is likely to comprise both multi-media and printed elements – but watch this
space as this will be launched with the passenger exhibitions later in the year.
Commenting on her new artistic assignment, Moreau says, “I am half French,
half German but grew up in the UK so I spent a lot of my childhood on a ferry,
travelling to see different members of my family. As a result, ferry travel has
always been synonymous with fun and adventure for me. Since then, my creative
life has continued to be dominated by my fascination with all aspects of the
sea, from its scenery to its wildlife so I really do feel that my artistic
residency for DFDS was meant to be. I hope my work will inspire
passengers and showcase the different perceptions of ferry travel, and help
capture the romance and excitement of this type of travel.”
Moreau will also create a series of pictures that will be available to
download from the DFDS website, designed for younger children to colour
in during their ferry journeys.
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, comments: “Isabelle is such
an inspiring and talented artist, with a wonderful style and vision and we are
all really looking forward to seeing how she will capture the romance and
emotions associated with ferry travel. It really is a unique venture for us, and
we believe it’s the first time that a ferry operator has appointed an artist in
residence. We hope this project will give a fascinating and creative new
dimension to the experience of travelling with DFDS for our passengers”.
About Isabelle Therese Moreau: In 1999 Isabelle took on the role of
artist-in-residence for the Millennium Dome where she conceived and ran a
clock-making project in which thousands of children took part and 3,000 clocks
were displayed. In 2012 Isabelle also established Lavender Leonardos Art School
for children, and Lavender Print School for adults and families.
To find out more information about DFDS’ new artist in residence,
please visit www.dfds.co.uk/artoftravel
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Notes to Editors
Workshop events will take place on the following dates:
Onboard a Dover-Dunkirk ferry: Saturday 27 September on the 10h00 sailing
from Dover to Dunkirk and then on the 14h00 from Dunkirk to Dover. Onboard a
Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry: Tuesday 7 October from 11am-1pm.
Onboard a Dover-Dunkirk ferry: Saturday 11 October on the 10h00 sailing from
Dover to Dunkirk and then on the 14h00 from Dunkirk to Dover.
The workshops on the Dover-Dunkirk crossings are open to all children
travelling on those sailings, on a first come, first served basis. Each session
will last around 45 minutes, with two sessions on each sailing. The workshop in
Newcastle is by invitation only.
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company,
with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services
and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.
In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover
to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam,
Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.
DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last
three years (2011-13), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the
prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry
operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).
DFDS operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its
Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth
to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and
Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in
Denmark. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight
service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is
operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS, or
to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes
from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk
About Isabelle Therese Moreau
Moreau grew up amongst a family of artists and actors. Her greatest
inspiration was the artist Molly Blake, who instilled in her the love of
puppets, a recurring theme in Izzy’s creative life.
On leaving school, Izzy was apprenticed to restorers of paintings, in
association with the V&A, in the days when elderly masters passed on their
secrets of gesso, gilding and restoration to the select few. She went on to
study Fine Arts & 3D; post graduate lecturing (up to MA) and teaching Drama
and Theatre Arts.
As an artist in residence, her skills as a teacher and artist combined
perfectly, running workshops in the community, colleges, schools, universities,
libraries, prisons and mental health centres, the BBC and the Millennium Dome.
In due course, she was in charge of art adult education centres across the
South East of England and responsible for tutors, buildings, writing, planning,
designing courses and moderating art and craft units across the UK. In 1995, she
began her television career as an Arts presenter for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4,
also creating arts books and DVDs.
In 2004, Izzy’s work took to Australia. There she presented arts and crafts
on channel 9 with her sister Louise known as The Quirky Birds and her own
children’s art series for the ABC. Then in 2006, she opened the highly
successful Moreaux Art School for adults and children in Sydney. Her other
projects in Australia include:
- Operation Larry – working with the community in far North Queensland after
cyclone Larry (ongoing)
- Making puppets at the Sydney Opera House for The Magic Flute
- Puppets for The Lion King (both London and Sydney productions)
- Artist in residence at Sydney Botanical Gardens
- Working with an Aboriginal tribe exchanging ideas; teaching them pottery
(not used in their culture) and learning traditional basket making skills
- Sculpture by the Sea – working with schools to create sculpture by the sea
Returning to the UK in November 2012, Izzy established: Lavender Leonardos
Children’s Art School, Lavender print school and Lavender Arts and Crafts.
Throughout her career, she has had numerous exhibitions of her work.
Current projects later this year include:
- Setting up printmaking schools for street children in Nairobi, Africa
- Pelicans project for bird protection South Australia