Offshore: artists explore the sea, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
OFFSHORE: Artists explore the sea examines people’s relationship to the oceans as a source of food and energy, dumping ground for waste, and reference point for many of our most haunting and significant myths. Through a range of media artists pose questions about our connection to, and use of the sea. New projects were informed, influenced and developed through relationships with marine biologists and ecologists from Oxford, Southampton and Hull Universities.
New work 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 Miéville, as 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, shown alongside selected work from Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum's collections.
Hull'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.
In 2017, Hull is UK's Cultural Capital.