Invisible Dust

London | Monday 20 February
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Offshore: artists explore the sea

© Nekton Mission and VRTÜL: the submersible that took author China Miéville on a 300m descent into the deep ocean, Bermuda expedition, 2016
Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, HU1 3RA
‘Offshore: artists explore the sea’
1st April – 28th August, Preview 31st March
‘Sounding the Sea’ Symposium 15 – 16 June (booking details to follow)
 

We are delighted to announce our major new exhibition taking place at the Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Maritime Museum opening on 1st April as a part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Curated by Invisible Dust ’Offshore: artists explore the sea’ will include new and existing works by internationally-renowned artists whose engagement with our seas and oceans resonates with Hull’s own very particular relationship to the sea. This is an exciting first joint exhibition for Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, where the audience will have the opportunity to not only view contemporary art in the gallery but also among objects such as whale bones and ships models in the Maritime Museum. The city’s rich maritime heritage developed from a thriving medieval port, up to the UK’s 3rd biggest port in the early 20th century.  A century later changes in maritime industries would bring seismic shifts to this economic and social landscape. Today, while Hull’s docking industry still thrives, the city’s residents, like many others across the world have had to reassess their relationship to the sea, estuaries and rivers, where today, rising sea levels and flooding from climate change threaten Hull’s future.

New works by Badgers of Bohemia, Kasia Molga, Martin Parr, Bik Van Der Pol, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Mariele Neudecker, Phil Coy, John Wedgwood-Clarke and Rob Mackay, Jonathan Baldock and Ian J Brown, author China Miévilleas well as existing works by Tacita Dean, John Smith, Adam Chodzko, Alexander Duncan, Tania Kovats, David Malone, Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Emily Richardson, Shimabuku, Zineb Sedira, Lawrence Lek and others, will be shown alongside selected work from the Gallery and Museum’s collection of fine art and maritime objects for what marks a major and ambitious collaboration between the two museums.

‘Offshore: artists explore the sea’ examines people’s relationship to the oceans as a source of food and energy, a dumping ground for waste and the reference point for many of our most haunting and significant myths.  Through a range of media these artists pose questions about our connection to and use of the sea. Invisible Dust has developed relationships between some of the artists with marine biologists and ecologists from Oxford, Southampton and Hull Universities. Being informed and influenced by the science is providing new stimulus to the artists’ ideas.

The Ferens Art Gallery opened in 1927 and was a gift to the City by local philanthropist, businessman and MP Thomas Ferens who donated the site and money for the collections’ creation. A grade II listed building, Ferens is an internationally acclaimed art gallery housing world famous artists and artworks from the 14th century to the present day. Since the announcement of Hull as UK City of Culture in 2017, the gallery has undergone a £4.5million renovation and will relaunch for Hull’s year long cultural programme hosting the Turner Prize as one of its major events.

The Hull Maritime Museum was established in 1975 within the city’s Victorian Dock Offices in the city centre.  Its collections are Designated as being of national significance, and its collection of British and European whaling material is recognised as the best in the world.

Many of the Maritime Museums’ displays relate to objects and narratives from the late 18th century onwards; particularly the history of Hull’s whaling industry, although it also features artifacts from as far back as the Bronze age.

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

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

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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 Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence Award.

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