Invisible Dust

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Offshore: artists explore the sea

The expedition submersible that took author China Miéville on a descent into the deep ocean, courtesy of Nekton Mission and VRTÜL © Nekton Mission and VRTÜL: the submersible that took author China Miéville on a 300m descent into the deep ocean, Bermuda expedition, 2016

Exhibition Open: 1 April – 28 August 2017

Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, HU1 3RA

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Symposium: ‘Sounding the Sea’ 15 – 16 June, Ferens Art Gallery and University of Hull, organised by Invisible Dust with Steven Bode. Tickets available here

Part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. #Offshore17, #soundingthesea - join the conversation!

Artist new commissions: 

Saskia Olde WolbersMariele NeudeckerBadgers of BohemiaKasia MolgaMartin Parr, Bik Van Der Pol, Phil CoyJohn Wedgwood-Clarke and Rob Mackay, Jonathan Baldock and Ian J Brown and new essay by author China Miéville 

Artist works: 

Tacita DeanJohn SmithAdam ChodzkoAlexander Duncan, Tania Kovats, David MaloneVerena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Emily RichardsonShimabukuZineb Sedira, Lawrence Lek

Works from Hull Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery collections:

A selection of British and North American Scrimshaw, Dorothy Cross, Barbara Hepworth, John Loker, Henry Redmore, Bridget Riley, John Amhurst Selby-Bigge, John Keith Vaughan, Willem van de Welde II

The exhibition: 

Offshore: artists explore the sea examines the many contrasting ways that the sea has shaped our culture, our imaginations and our physical existence through mythical sea monsters, superstition and seaside traditions as well as trade and travel. While inherently without borders, we have mapped the sea for exploitation, geo-political advantage and for conservation.

Ten new commissions have been produced specially for Offshore, including works developed in conversation with leading marine scientists. Existing works by contemporary artists have been selected for their related insights into the sea.

The works are presented across Hull Maritime Museum and the Ferens Art Gallery. At the Museum, artworks find new meaning in relationship to historic maritime collections where artists intervene within the museum displays. At the Ferens, maritime paintings from the fine art collection gain a new perspective within this contemporary exhibition.

Unlike the surface depictions of the sea found in traditional maritime painting, contemporary artists in this exhibition have been given the opportunity to look beneath the waves: the writer China Miéville explored the ocean depths of Bermuda in a submersible to write an essay, and artist Phil Coy joined a fishing boat out of Bridlington Harbour to create a new film.

Our treatment of the sea threatens its health: climate change, coral bleaching, toxic waste and flooding are some of the issues that artists explore through their work. This and a complex web of ownership, trade and migration provide a wider background to the exhibition.

Offshore is part of season two of Hull UK City of Culture 2017,  Roots and Routes, which also includes Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery. That exhibition features recently produced work by artists from the North Sea region, which has been curated by Steven Bode and supported by Film and Video Umbrella and runs from 5 April – 17 June 2017.

Curated by Invisible Dust

Ferens Art Gallery:

Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4.30pm

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Hull Maritime Museum:

Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4.30pm

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‘Offshore: artists explore the sea’ is produced by Invisible Dust in partnership with Hull Culture and Leisure and is supported by Hull Culture and Leisure, Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Hull University and the Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence Award.