Ern Shaw’s first exhibition was held with Harry H. Rodmell the marine artist from Hull in 1929 at the City Hall Art Gallery in Hull. Rodmell was a friend of Ern Shaw's and he mainly concentrated on marine subjects such as: posters for shipping companies, booklets, etchings, and line drawings of ships.
The title of the exhibition was 'Exhibition of Ships and Humour'.
The exhibition included a selection of Ern Shaw's cartoons and illustrations and Harry Rodmell's posters and sketches. The black and white brochure produced for the exhibition consisted of caricatures of Ern Shaw and Harry Rodmell.