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Why Trim Art?

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Trim is a word that is used across a range of human endeavours and figures in achievements in both the Arts and Sciences. TRIM means to prepare, to make good, to look good, to refine. It is a short, elegant word referenced in relation to matters artisanal, aeronautical, nautical, horticultural and anatomical.

Trim was a ship’s cat, an inspiration as he was tough, brave, loyal, intelligent, resourceful and resilient. He had characteristics needed to survive and thrive like we do in the current art world.

Trim achieved notoriety as the black and white cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages in the Tom Thumb from 1801 to 1803 when he circumnavigated and mapped the coastline of Australia.

Trim lived an adventurous life. He was born at sea. As a small kitten he fell overboard but managed to swim back to the ship climbing back on board by scrambling up a rope trailing in the water. Flinders witnessed this feat. He was full of admiration for the cat’s tenacity and courage. He became a beloved companion. Flinders and Trim survived a voyage around the world, the circumnavigation of Australia and a shipwreck.

Trim was at Flinders side when he was imprisoned in Mauritius by the French in 1803. One day Trim mysteriously disappeared. Flinders was heartbroken. It is believed Trim was stolen and eaten by a hungry slave.

There is a statue of Trim in Sydney and another in London.


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