Chris Wadsworth
Percy Kelly - Looking East to the Ennerdale Fells
Writer and Art Consultant

11th December 2016


Moving my office to the new house has proved to be the most difficult thing; even worse than moving cat, kitchen or partner. However ‘tis done and I am settling in a treat except I can’t find anything.  Lots of other things are  finding me though  - things I didn’t know I’d lost. This is endlessly distracting and leads me astray from the main task. ‘Come on Wadsworth,’ I say to myself as a dinosaur’s knuckle falls out of a drawer along with a menu card for dinner on the Orient Express and a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages  appears on the bookshelf, ‘Keep your eye on the ball and just get on with it!’

At the moment my massive and indispensible chart chest which has followed me from Bristol (took the basement  window out to get it in – and out) via Castlegate House (took the studio door off to get it through)  and easily into my writing room in the garden at Bassenthwaite which was custom built round it, is acting as proxy for the gallery at Tullie House. ( yes, had to take the window out here to get it in).  This is its moment of glory. Small images of all the works which will be in the Kelly exhibition in September (and a few more) are spread out on its surface and then on to the floor beyond by the shredder and electricity cupboard to represent the Final Glorious Hurrah at the far end of the gallery.

I am designing the catalogue at the moment and really enjoying my frequent withdrawal from the crazy world of Christmas which is hurtling towards me as I work. I think it’s called escapism.

This year has been like no other in a multitude of ways.  There has been surprise (and shock) round every corner with no u-turns permitted.  The world is in turmoil but let’s be positive. Next year is a clean slate, a new beginning.  Let us be kind to one another.

PLEASE NOTE  Take a look at the publications page on and on  Life Class is now reduced to £5 a copy (only here and on Amazon).  If you order on site soon, I will gift wrap and post out in time for Christmas to any UK address you give and enclose a card and message from you. This applies to all the books, trails and catalogues. You can e mail me via the site with your message. Go on – it’s easy.

There we are – another diverting task. I feel much better now.



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