Head Above Water
July 2016 to April 2017
This touring exhibition from Sea Swim featured a mix of film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry to capture the sensations, stories and psychological impact of swimming in the sea.
Sea Swim explored, with groups of swimmers in Plymouth, Folkestone and Scarborough, how swimming in the sea changes the way we feel ourselves to be in our bodies.
In association with the exhibition there were family activities, open air film screenings and poetry readings.
Co-directors, Sea Swim:
Lara Goodband and John Wedgwood Clarke
Sea Swim was an iMove project, Yorkshire’s programme for the Cultural Olympiad. Based at Scarborough’s South Bay, Sea Swim art activity ran from May 2011 to October 2017 with exhibitions and poetry readings across England during that time. Regular activities and swims continue to be led by South Bay Swimmers from the Sea Swim beach huts.
Curator, Head Above Water:
with touring exhibition support from Hazel Colquhoun
Levinsky Gallery University of Plymouth (was Peninsula Arts) with The Box (was Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery); Strange Cargo, Folkestone and Crescent Arts, Scarborough
Arts Council England, Scarborough Borough Council, Legacy Trust UK, The Box (was Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery) and Plymouth University
Artists: Gayle Chong Kwan, Sally Barker, Tessa Bunney, Gary Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Lynn Dennison, Peter Matthews, Heinrich & Palmer, Simon Pope, Anna Sikorska, Kit Wise and Sea Swim (Lara Goodband, John Wedgwood Clarke & Rob McKay)