Closer to the Wind

Ivon Oates

This sound-based video work is a portrait of a man and a tall-ship. The Pelican of London, usually berthed in Weymouth was built by Graham Neilson. This inspirational tale explores the enterprise and vision of their story which has enhanced the lives of many, in particular young people in Dorset. The tall-ship is a living metaphor of the ‘wanderer’, negotiating entrances and exits, boundaries and portals, especially of the wider extents of human imagination and the concrete.

‘The Pelican’ is now up for sale.

Graham Neilson: since leaving the Royal Navy as a Commander in 1982, Graham Neilson has been committed to the development of youth, through long ocean voyages under sail.

Ivon Oates is a Dorset based artist and filmmaker. Her exploration of a plastic aural architecture sculpted by the listening ear has informed recent work, ranging from intensive field recordings in locations of environmental interest  to installations of sound and video compositions. Originally from South Africa she combines in her work a sense of vastness with cultures outside traditions of Western Art.

LabCulture Associate Artist and a 2012 recipient of a b-side bursary award

Film Duration: 10 min

Ivon Oates's b-side Portfolio


b-side Festival 2012

b-side festival 2012 took place in Weymouth & Portland across two sites as part of the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad Programme.