Hoshi and Provident

Art Auction Organised to Support Golden Vanity

An art auction is being held in Brixham next month in aid of Trinity Sailing’s 1908 vessel Golden Vanity.

The Great Golden Vanity Art Auction is being held at The Queen’s Arms, in Station Hill, having been organised by The Golden Vanity Trust. It will coincide with a weekend of live music at the same venue, also in aid of the historic trawler.

There are several pieces up for auction, during the event on on Sunday, June 18, including a limited edition print of ‘Hoshi & Provident’ by Michael Lees. Other contributors include Nicky Stevens, Paul Barclay and John Gillo.

Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee still sailing, the smallest of the Brixham trawlers. She was restored in the 1980s by a local trust and is now used for, Duke of Edinburgh weeks, youth adventure sailing and RYA Courses.

She was built by Sanders at Galmpton in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the Brixham fishing fleet.

One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.

Her name was taken from a ship in the sea shanty ‘The Golden Vanity’ which dates back to from the 17th century.

If any other artists — amateur or professional — would like to submit anything, please call 07411488745.