30 Apr-25 Sep 2022


Seafaring will bring together more than fifty works from 1820 to the present day, exploring the drama, beauty and strangeness of life at sea.

At the heart of the exhibtion is Lost at Sea, a show-within-a-show featuring three oil paintings by eminent contemporary artist Cecily Brown (b.1969) as well as lithopgraphs by Martin Kippenberger (1953 - 1997) from his suite Raft of the Medusa (1996), alongside a rare 19th century mezzotint based on the famous Gericault painting.

Also included are works by Eric Ravillious (1903-1942), Elizabeth Frink (1930-1933), James Tissot (1836-1902), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), Richard Eurich (1903-1992), Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949), Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) and Maggi Hambling (b.1945) - to name but a few.

Guest curator James Russell, who curated last year's Seaside Modern exhibition, says: "From trawlermen to submarines, migrants to merchant seamen, people thrughout the ages have shared the experience of being at sea. Seafaring explores the perils and pleasure of life at sea, while at the same time taking visitors on an art historical voyage from the Romantic age to the present."

Gallery Director Liz Gilmore says: "From JMW Turner to Cecily Brown, Seafaring brings together beautiful, powerful works by a stellar group of artists. Ten years ago our building opened on the Stade and Seafaring is the perfect exhibition for our anniversary year."

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Seafaring | Press Release


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