The ‘Message in a Bottle’ sculpture – its curious surface is inspired by the handwriting of the explorer Captain James Cook. The script is lifted from the journals of his Pacific voyages. It stands outside the gallery of modern art, MIMA.
Inside MIMA the work of a local artist. “Many people think he is the finest painter in Britain. Many people may be right. He’s called William Tillyer.” Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times.
MIMA is only ten years old but is under threat because of cutbacks. The university has offered to keep it going.
Some parts of the town have faded dignity:
But it is cheerful in the market cafe:
A man in a wheelchair brings his owls and collects for the Hawk and Owl Trust.