Paper Aeroplane exchange: Newfoundland + North Scotland artist as air traffic controller.
Joanne B Kaar has been inspired by events reported in the John O’Groat Journal 100 years ago, when daring aviators, Harry G Hawker and Commander K Mackenzie Grieve, left St.John’s Newfoundland, attempting to cross the Atlantic non-stop.
Engine problems resulted in them ditching in the Atlantic. Rescued, they were brought to Scrabster, Caithness, in the north of Scotland, where a crowd had gathered to welcome them. Joanne connected 8 venues for a paper aeroplane exchange across the Atlantic
Joanne B Kaar
Simultaneously exhibitions across the Atlantic. In Newfoundland, all paper aeroplanes sent display in St.Johns, at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery. In the North of Scotland, all paper aeroplanes received went on display at Nucleus, the Nuclear and Caithness Archive along with a selection of drawings made by Joanne while artists in residence for the Crafts council of Newfoundland and Labrador in at the Old Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Museum in Norris Point, photographs of house move over ice from days gone by, and a few curious items she brought back, including a berry picker, ships biscuits and trigger mitts. Duncan McCabe, the Archive Assistant at Nucleus selected items from the archive for the display that relate to events in Caithness during 1919 when the original flight took place.
Artist as air traffic controller - inspired by events 100 years ago, connecting Caithness in the north of Scotland with Newfoundland Canada, Joanne B Kaar organised a paper aeroplane exchange, matchmaking heritage centres, museums and galleries across the Atlantic for a community paper aeroplane exchange.