Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea
1 April – 28 August 2017 Ferens Art Gallery & Hull Maritime Museum
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
Invisible Dust, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Maritime Museum, Hull 2017, Hull City Council, University of Hull, Natural History Museum, The Deep, Yorkshire Film Archive
Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Hull Culture and Leisure, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the University of Hull
Ten new commissions: Saskia Olde Wolbers, Mariele Neudecker, Badgers of Bohemia, Kasia Molga, Martin Parr, Bik Van Der Pol, Phil Coy, John Wedgwood-Clarke and Rob Mackay, Jonathan Baldock and Ian J Brown and new essay by author China Miéville
Plus artist works: 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