Sailing Out Of Grain

River of Life © Juan delGado

'A flickering light in the darkness, a lighthouse watching, a woman dreaming'

Sailing Out of Grain is an intimate portrait of Hilary Lister, the first disabled woman to sail solo around the UK.This new artwork by renowned artist Juan delGado captures Hilary in a distinctive, mesmerising way.

'A triptych, a fragmented portrait, sounds from a life'

Drawing on poetic and evocative images, Sailing Out of Grain is a non-linear narrative split over three screens, with a nuanced, naturalistic soundscape.

'A sail flaps in the wind, in anticipation, in the call of the open sea'

Sailing Out of Grain explores themes of dreams and reality, freedom and confinement, and chal- lenges our perception of what constitutes the 'perfect sports body'. It is the story of Hilary's journey to regain her independence.

After completing his Masters in Media Arts in 2001, Juan has developed a powerful body of work in both video & photography, which has been exhibited in Media & Arts Festivals worldwide. He has worked on a range of projects supported by the British Council, Spanish Ministry of Culture,Well- come Trust and UNESCO amongst other international bodies.

In his recent work delGado has created atmospheric three-screen video installations focusing on con- cepts of gender, sport & disability.Produced with funding from Arts Council England, Sailing Out of Grain is part of a series of works in which the artist explores how personal memories are strongly rooted to the landscape (Suspended Reverie, 2006-07, Le Reve de Newton, 2010, Fluctuating Fragments, 2011).


Premiere screening 19 July 2012, 1 – 4 pm at the Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)

Exhibition dates:

19 -24 July 2012

Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS,


27 July - 9 September 2012

ICCI360 Arena, Weymouth,


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Funded by the Arts Council England

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