Welcome to Travelling Stories, an online exhibition of artist commissions responding to some particular museum collections. Over a series of blogs, we are sharing newly made work with you – you might not like every piece. That’s OK – you looked and thought about. But you might like the next one…

Harvey Tye Harvey’s Temples pen on paper 2021

In 2018, the Derbyshire Schools Library Service closed. The collections had been assembled since the 1930s and needed new homes. With the help of the Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund and the Museums Association, staff at Buxton Museum have been finding their custodians.

More than 2,000 items have been allocated to nearly 100 museums, libraries and publicly accessible collections from across Britain and some items have been restituted to communities in North America. Three Japanese prints have been transferred to Tullie House in Carlisle.

Toshi Yoshida Cherry Blossom and White Plum woodblock print 1971

Lockdown meant that we were unable to engage with new communities in these museums quite as we planned. Instead we offered Tullie House a modest commissioning fund to work with artists from Prism Arts to respond to the work.

Harvey Tye Harvey’s Temples pencil on paper 2021

“I found out about new facts and cultures, finding different designs for buildings, having fun and doing my artwork. And it has given me something to focus on during lockdown.” 

Harvey, Prism Arts

Harvey was inspired by the architecture featured in the blossom prints. In his distinctive, bold graphic style Harvey explored the buildings of Japan and how people use them, to create two large scale (A2) pieces. 

Jonathon Harkins Kept Apart But Still Tolerant mixed media 2021

“I know this art project is good and will enrich both mine and Harv’s future. As I said before: ‘Art is milk for the eyes. And honey for the Soul.’”

Jonathon, Prism Arts

Jonathon created a mixed media triptych to ‘create unity in humanity’, bringing together both Christianity and Shinto religious quotes. Jonathan looked at works by Winifred Nicholson and Van Gogh as part of his research.

Prism Arts

Harvey and Jonathon are both members of Prism Arts. For over 30 years Prism Arts has developed and delivered arts projects in Carlisle and across Cumbria. Their mission is to create opportunities for people to realise their full creative potential through active participation in, and exploration of, the arts despite facing barriers to engagement in the arts because of health, finance, age or disability. Working with people with additional learning needs, older and younger people to make visual arts and theatre productions the goal is to develop and create diverse artists, who discover their voices and develop the confidence to use it.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery 


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle’s finest visitor attraction, housing collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences.  A wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and events come together in one impressive building.

These Japanese prints from the Derbyshire SLS are joining the fine art collection that includes 4800 mainly British paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and a small collection of sculpture dating from around 1650 to the present day.