10 November 2009 – 31 October 2010
In September 1850 more than 150 settlers left England for Canterbury, New Zealand, aboard the Charlotte Jane. A century later a Christchurch glass-blower called John Rowe, a descendant of one of those passengers, recreated the ship as a scale model. The model is now in the collection of Canterbury Museum, where it was photographed recently by Fiona Pardington. In this new incarnation, floating in a black void, the Charlotte Jane has become a ghost ship – at once imposing and skeletal, beautiful and fragile.
Further works by Pardington can be seen inside the Gallery, in the exhibition Brought to Light: A New View of the Collection.