Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea

Phil Coy Avoiding Green, 2017, HD Video (11 mins) installed at Hull Maritime Museum (Invisible Dust/Hull Museums)

Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea

The exhibition Offshore: artists explore the sea examined the ways that the sea has shaped our culture, our imaginations and our existence for Hull’s City of Culture in 2017. Artists’ work looked to mythical sea monsters, superstition, seaside traditions and trade to explore the climate emergency through oceanic acidification, plastics and over fishing.

Our treatment of the sea threatens its health: climate change, coral bleaching, toxic waste and flooding were some of the issues explored by work in this exhibition.

Ten new commissions were produced specially for Offshore, many developed in conversation with leading marine scientists.

Artwork was displayed within permanent collections across galleries at Hull Maritime Museum and in the Ferens Art Gallery as part of Hull UK City of Culture.


Lara Goodband, Gemma Lloyd & Alice Sharp