Power of the Sea 

5. Apr - 6. Jul 14 / ended Royal West of England Academy

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Exhibition | Multi-disciplinary | South West


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 Seascape Study: Boat and Stormy Sky, John Constable RA c.1824–8, oil on paper laid on board, © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Seascape Study: Boat and Stormy Sky, John Constable RA c.1824–8, oil on paper laid on board, © Royal Academy of Arts, London



From the sublime spectacle of crashing waves to the vast and open expanse of the oceans, the sea has long fascinated artists in Britain. The Power of the Sea offers a multi-disciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showcasing work by internationally-renowned contemporary artists alongside key historical works from national and regional art collections.
This significant exhibition demonstrates the contrasts and continuities in artists’ engagement with the sea over a period that spans more than two centuries. It encompasses a time of great change in man’s relationship with nature - and the understanding of that relationship – bringing us to the present day and the effects of climate change upon rising sea levels, which has only lent greater urgency to their work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book entitled The Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art 1790-2014, published by Sansom & Company, available from the RWA during the exhibition at a special price of £20 (RRP £25).

Artist in Residency
From 15 – 19 April, artist Helen Jones will be working on-site as part of an Artist Residency in The Bristol Drawing School studio.


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