Edge of The Known World

New landscapes from China and St Kilda
Wednesday 1st – Friday 24th July, 2015
Corke Gallery, Liverpool, UK

New exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture invoke the enigmatic and beguiling wonder of the St Kilda archipelago.

The exhibition at Corke Gallery features 15 new works by Liverpool-based artist John Elcock and includes a……


A Liverpool Mailboat

In September 2015 a Liverpool Mailboat that I created for the exhibition Edge of the Known World at Corke Gallery (1-24 July 2015) was launched on the River Mersey.

If you are reading this page, you may well be the lucky finder of the mailboat. If so, congratulations!

Please follow the instructions you found inside the vessel.


Nephesh of Kilda

The evening sky is stained with cobalt ink and shows Venus ascendant over Stac an Armin. Wheeling pinpricks of white birds are scarcely visible over Stac Lee, one of the tallest sea stacs in the British Isles, which here is transfigured courtesy of its remarkable similarity of topography into the garden tomb at Gethsemene.


The Virgin of Philae

Who could not be moved by the journey of a tiny craft across the sea of space to land on a pinprick of an island that is Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko?


Day, Stac Lee

The following poem accompanies a painting of the same name in the KIlda series. Of note, Stac Lee forms one of a trinity of rock forms north of the main island of Hirta.