The Catch

An up-coming ArtsFest exhibition will captivate visitors of all ages as it turns the quirky Rotunda Gallery of the Lyme Regis Museum into an exciting underwater world. Open daily from 19 July until 8 September, ‘The Catch’ is in fact a giant lobster pot, woven with words, created by installation artist Sarah Thomas. 

The Catch

Inspiration for the work came from a woven dome lobster pot and locally produced lace in the Museum’s collection, both referring to industries that have played a part in Lyme’s history and present day.

‘The Rotunda itself was also a massive influence upon the work,’ Sarah explains. ‘The pot will occupy the centre of the space echoing its hexagonal surroundings, a dome within a dome. The viewer will be able to move around the work looking through the pot’s intensively woven structure. Rather than making the pot’s mesh with rope, I will be using flat wooden strips painted in a kaleidoscope of colours and including some text. The text will be extracts from literary works about the town or from descriptions found in the Museum’s displays. The exhibition will also include a series of my drawings and collages inspired by the world below the sea.’


From 26 July until 12 August, visitors will also have the opportunity to catch two more of Sarah’s extraordinary installations, as her replica Bathing Machine and set of decorated Deck Chairs will be next to Rinky Tinks Ice Cream Parlour on the seafront during both Lifeboat and Regatta & Carnival Weeks. These two works, inspired by photos in the Museum’s collection, and ‘The Catch’ are part of Lyme Regis ArtsFest’s re:collection initiative which is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sarah will be talking about her work at a preview of the exhibition at the Museum on Thursday 18 July from 6-8pm to which all are welcome. For further information, visit or

Published on 23/07/2013.

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